Exploring White Privilege: Moving Beyond Guilt & Confession

Presented by: Gary L. Hirshberg, MSW, LCSW

January 10 & 24, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Care and Counseling

12141 Ladue Road

St. Louis, MO, 63141




This three hour course is designed for professionals who are working with racially diverse client populations and wish to explore the ramifications of white privilege. This course will seek to move beyond what has become the standard when exploring this topic: white people feeling guilty and confessing their privileged status and people of color being left in the role of dispensing absolution. Individual realizations of privilege are only a starting point, achieving little if meaningful actions do not follow.


This course will use small group work, experiential exercise, large group discussion and some didactic presentation. Focus will be on both the external and internal manifestations of white privilege and how each contributes to the resistance to authentic action. Together we will challenge ourselves then to foster racial equity through meaningful social change.


 Learning Objectives:
  1. Summarize defintions critical to understanding including: race, oppression, white privilege, internalized superiority, racial awareness and racial sensitivity.
  2. Apply knowledge gained in ending ‘white talk’ and ‘white privilege games’.
  3. Create plans of action to advance anti-oppressive systems and advance social change.