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Decolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Communities
October 21 to December 20

Decolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Communities

Fall 2024: Registration TBA

With Michelle Rainer, Lecturer, Cal Poly Humboldt Department of Social Work

This online course (SW 420) is for current social workers and members of the community who work with Indigenous peoples.

This course includes a general introduction to the history of native peoples of America and the unique and sovereign relationship between Tribal Nations and local, state and federal governments.

This class meets the online MSW program prerequisite for a Native American/Indigenous Studies course.

This is an ONLINE course. You may access it at any time after midnight on the start date.

Oct. 21-Dec. 20, 2024 (8 weeks)


SW 420, 1.5 units   •   $450   •   Registration TBA

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Michelle Rainer

Michelle Rainer

Michelle Rainer, LCSW, is the coordinator of the Pathway Project and Northern Region SERVE at Cal Poly Humboldt. This role involves developing relationships with 55 tribes and numerous tribal organizations throughout Northern California, and facilitating development of social work internships in tribal organizations. She previously worked in child welfare and adoptions for Santa Clara County, and was a clinician at United Indian Health Services. She has been teaching in social work at Humboldt State University/Cal Poly Humboldt since 2005, both in the undergraduate and graduate programs.