Based out of New York, available globally
Why do we need a bias reduction theory and training?
Even for the most seasoned professional cultural factors are likely to elicit emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physical reactions. Everyone has biases related to culturally held assumptions and values; attitudes related to ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender and other identities; and worldviews including one’s political, religious, and moral views. Awareness of implicit bias is insufficient in reducing the impact of bias, prejudice, and racism on individuals, interpersonal relationships, health, and organizational performance. What is need is awareness, and skill development. The Crawford Bias Reduction Theory and Training (CBRT) provides a systematic approach to increasing awareness, investigating manifestations, and reducing bias, prejudice, and racism.
Crawford Bias Reduction Theory
The theory portion of CBRT model posits that categorizing humans based their cultural identities is psychologically normative. Additionally, when there are questions about the availability of resources, humans then develop fears about those they are unfamiliar with. These fears are then communicated to children and loved ones in the community. When resources are no longer in questions, previous fears and biases remain. With globalization, the communication of fears and biases get perpetuated. Via relationships, media, education, and personal experiences our biases become more nuanced developing into things like racism, prejudice, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of bias. We may be trying our best to overcome these biases and are well intentioned, however just as biases develop systematically, we must systematically undo bias. In short, bias is not a question of one’s character or moral believes, but instead a socially transmitted disease we are all infected with. CBRT is a systematic approach to reduce that infection.
Crawford Bias Reduction Training
The training begins with presenting the model and creating a brave space for important and sensitive cultural reflection. Next, training introduces the frame of the model which focuses on awareness of how folx became infected with bias, investigation of how bias gets activated and manifests, and how to reduce the impact of bias. Participants are then invited on a journey of didactics, experiential exercises, cultural dialogues, and practicing concrete building bias reducing skills.
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