IMPLICIT BIAS: Differences Make a Difference -- Promoting Racial Literacy in Early Education and Child Care Settings (The 2017 Child Care Conference)

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This workshop will focus on recent research regarding how parents and teachers may navigate the thorny issues of racial stress and equity as they seek to raise and teach young children toward healthy academic and life outcomes.

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IMPLICIT BIAS: DIFFERENCES MAKE A DIFFERENCE -- Promoting Racial Literacy in Early Education and Child Care Settings (The 2017 Child Care Conference)

Walter S. Gilliam, PhD (Presenter) is the Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. He is on the board of directors for the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA); a fellow at Zero to Three and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), and served as a senior advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Dr. Gilliam’s research involves early childhood education and intervention policy analysis (specifically how policies translate into effective services), ways to improve the quality of prekindergarten and child care services, the impact of early childhood education programs on children’s school readiness, and effective methods for reducing classroom behavior problems and reducing the incidence of preschool expulsion.


Howard C. Stevenson, PhD (Presenter) is Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods. He is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stevenson has served for 29 years as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in impoverished rural and urban neighborhoods across the country.


Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Fee: Early Bird: $40 • Regular: $50 (after May 19, 2017 at 5pm)

Scholarships are available upon request.

The fee is waived for BPSI Members, Trainees, and Associates, and PiP Residents.


Parents and teachers want to know how to raise children within the current national climate of racial unrest. Our conference features two renowned educators who will talk about this subject from different but related vantage points.

Howard Stevenson, PhD will present research on racial threat and racial socialization. Then he will focus on teaching emotional and racial literacy skills to families and youth, helping parents and teachers steer young children toward healthy academic and life outcomes.

Walter Gilliam, PhD will present his groundbreaking research on implicit bias in early educators and its consequences for Black preschool boys. Implicit bias refers to the automatic and unconscious stereotypes that cause people to make decisions in certain ways. Since implicit bias is inherent in all of us, the conference will aim to help us find ways of recognizing our own bias to improve the preschool experience of all children.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the racial literacy strategies of storytelling and emotional regulation to use in face-to-face encounters with parents and colleagues.
  2. Define implicit bias.
  3. Describe one racial disparity in early childhood classroom experience for child and teachers based on research.
  4. Describe one way in which implicit bias could affect a therapist-patient relationship or a student-teacher relationship.


9:00am - 9:15am: Welcome and Introductions; 9:15am - 10:15am: Presentation (Dr. Gilliam); 10:30am - 10:45am: Q&A with Dr. Gilliam; 10:45am - 11:05am: Coffee Break and Networking; 11:05am - 12:15pm: Presentation (Dr. Stevenson); 12:15pm - 12:30pm: Q&A with Dr. Stevenson; 12:30pm - 1:00pm: Q&A and Audience Discussion.


Gilliam, W. S., Maupin, A. N., & Reyes, C. R. (2016). Early childhood mental health consultation: Results from a statewide random-controlled evaluation. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55, 754-761.

Staats, C., Capatosto, K., Wright, R. A., & Contractor, D. (2015). State of science: Implicit bias review 2015. Columbus, OH: Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Stevenson Jr., H. C. (2014). Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference. Teachers College Press.

The target audience for this program is early childhood educators, teachers, parents, and mental health clinicians at all levels of training.


Scholarships available upon request.

Continuing Education

Early Childhood Education Credits: Certificates of attendance for fourn (4) hours for the professional development portfolios of early childhood educators will be awarded at the conclusion of the program.

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physician. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 4 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617/266-0953 or for more information.

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Grievance Policy

Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/ Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459;; 617.266.0953.

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All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

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