Implicit bias predicts and determines decisions and actions; it determines how we positively or negatively respond to the youth we serve. It is important to recognize that we all have biases; this is how we process and organize information, how we make sense of the world around us. This presentation will facilitate an introductory conversation about the science of implicit bias and the role it plays in the decisions we make.
This session is designed to help recognize biases and identify ways to actively work to minimize and eliminate decision making that contributes to disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender, and geography in the youth serving systems. During this presentation, participants will:
- learn to define implicit bias in their own words;
- recognize the role that implicit bias can play in decision making; and
- understand how implicit bias can impact the juvenile justice system, mental health/addiction systems, and other youth serving systems.