Healing What is Unseen: Implicit Bias

Dates: April 19, 2024

Meets: F from 9:00 AM to 12 N

Location: ONLINE - Live

COURSE: $49.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.


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NOTE: This course meets the requirement for Implicit Bias.

Join us as we explore implicit bias in an engaging and participatory space towards healing and understanding. We will examine our unconscious biases using a pre- and post- implicit bias test and understand how they affect our perceptions and relationships with others in this warm and accepting environment.

We will traverse the nuances of implicit bias through small group discussions, reflection exercises, and thought-provoking activities, while acknowledging that these talks can be difficult. Together, we will create a welcoming and safe environment in large groups and affinity groups where participants can freely express their ideas, opinions, and concerns.

Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and discuss strategies for implementing inclusive practices, policies, and initiatives in their respective health care environments. The training will provide resources and support to ensure participants have the tools they need to turn their intentions into actionable change and to foster culture sensitivity.


  1. Identify and Reflect on personal biases through discussion and pre- and post-test.
  2. Develop a heightened sense of empathy and sensitivity towards the experiences and challenges faced by marginalized or stigmatized communities, especially in health care settings.
  3. Create action steps to reduce bias and implement inclusive practices.


SWCE Policies

Payment & Registration

  • Payment is due upon registration. If a participant registers for a course and has not paid the registration fee, we will send a reminder email to pay the fee. If there is no response and the fee has not been paid within 7 days, the participant will be dropped from the course and may re-register and pay if space is available.
    This policy is to ensure equitable access to courses that have high demand and long waitlists.
  • Registration Deadline: Three days prior to the program by 5pm.
  • Waitlist Policy: Our social work programs, excluding the DHHS programs, may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment. When the typical registration period ends two days prior to the begin date, all those on the list will be notified we can no longer accept people into the class.


  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing learn@gvsu.edu. Participants seeking a refund must cancel their registration at least 48 hours prior to the program. You may either receive a full refund back on your card, or we can place a credit on your account for a future program. Refund requests received within 48 hours of the program are not eligible for a refund. If GVSU needs to cancel the event, participants will receive a full refund.

Social Work Continuing Education Credits:

  • Participants seeking Social Work Continuing Education credits will need to arrive by the start time of the program, and must stay until the end. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Participants must complete the post-event evaluation to receive SWCE credit.
  • Certificates will be emailed to participants 1-2 business days after the program. Participants who have not received their certificate (and it is not in their spam/junk folder) should email learn@gvsu.edu.
  • Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours.
Fee: $49.00

Fee Breakdown

FeeCOURSE$ 49.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Field Education Supervisor$ 36.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Faculty/Staff$ 15.00


The Zoom link for the course will be emailed to you two days prior to the event.

Thavone Huinil

Thavone Huinil is an experienced, warm, and inclusive therapist based in Grand Rapids, MI. With 20 years of experience, she provides compassionate support to individuals, couples, and families seeking healing and growth. As a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, she specializes in strengthening connections and fostering healthier communication patterns. Thavone's therapy approach acknowledges the impact of systemic racism on relationships and emphasizes the healing power of relationships. She supports clients through trauma-informed, culturally responsive lens. Additional trainings in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Brainspotting, allow Thavone to offer a diverse range of therapeutic modalities to meet individual needs.