On and Against: An intimate discussion for queers of color to discuss dis-identifying with the profession of social work

Presenter: Noel Ramirez, MSW, MPH, LCSW

Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm | 3 CEs
(Please arrive at 12:30 pm for registration, refreshments and socialization.)
Location: Philadelphia, PA (19104)

NoteThis is a closed presentation designed for social workers and social-work related professionals who identify as people of color.


“Dis-identification is about cultural, material and psychic survival.  It is a response to state and global power apparatuses that employ systems of racial, sexual and national subjugation… Disidentification is about managing and negotiating historical trauma and systemic violence.” (Munoz, p.161)

Though intimate discussion, reflection on readings and podcasts, this workshop aims to discuss the personal subjectivities of queers of colors as we navigate the complexity of a profession that has both embraced and sought to destroy institutions of whiteness, sexism and hetero-sexism.  Through the use of autoethnography, participants will explore, share and dis-identify the following topics pertaining to social work practice and the use of self:

  • Acting out
  • Embodiment
  • Dissociation in the workplace
  • Us/them dynamics and the process of locating and dislocating our selves when discussing “vulnerable populations” at work
  • Deconstructing whiteness implicit in the concept of being “seasoned” the clout associated with the tradition of the written English word
  • The idea of racial imposter syndrome
  • The idea of questioning one’s citizenship in the profession


  1. Increase knowledge of dis-identification theory (Munoz) and its application in supervision, clinical practice and our own internal processes.
  2. Discuss the use of cultural, racial, class, gender and sexual-orientation subjectivity in clinical and macro level social work.
  3. Creating a space for racial/sexual minorities to discuss de-colonizing social work practices, enactments and internalized dis-identification processes.

About the Presenter:
Noel Ramirez, MSW, MPH, LCSW received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, his Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University in 2012 and his Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications and Women/Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey. He has completed foundational course work at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and has been teaching graduate social work in the Philadelphia area since 2014. Mr. Ramirez’s professional background and history has been grounded in communities that he is both personal and professionally committed to serving: urban youth communities, gay/bisexual men, people of color, HIV/AIDS.  During the past 9 years, Mr. Ramirez has had varied experiences in social work practice, ranging from medical social work, program management and administration, substance abuse/recovery oriented psycho-therapy, grant writing/program evaluation and clinical supervision.  Currently, he is a behavioral health consultant for the Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia, maintains a private practice focusing on gay/bisexual men and providing clinical supervision for social workers seeking to obtain their LCSW in Philadelphia and teaches graduate social work practice at West Chester University College of Education/Social Work and Columbia University’s School of Social Work.  Outside of teaching and clinical social work practice, Mr. Ramirez teaches kickboxing classes, bike rides through the city of brotherly love and enjoys spending time with his partner, friends, gardening and discussing post-colonialism.

Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend; $20 for Non Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.

No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • February 25, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm