As we learn more about how implicit biases impact the workplace, many companies have started to implement unconscious bias training. These interventions work to help individuals understand any biases they have related to race, gender identity, age, or other characteristics.
Implicit bias training works to help people eliminate these biases. By working through prejudice, individuals can become more accepting and inclusive members of society.
GIA Miami offers implicit bias training and treatment for individuals as well as companies. Our goal is to provide help to both those who have been victims of racism or sexism and those who have perpetrated these wrongs. We offer diagnosis, training, and treatment under one roof. At GIA, we help clients achieve mental health wellness and well-being by eradicating racism and bias, one patient and organization at a time.
What Is Implicit Bias?
This term refers to attitudes or stereotypes that involuntarily affect our understanding, actions, and decisions. These prejudices are involuntary and can impact interactions even when an individual is not aware that they are biased. Implicit biases reside deep down, and they work differently from prejudices that individuals may choose to conceal to be socially accepted. Introspection alone is not enough to uncover implicit biases.
Some of us developed implicit biases in childhood, while others find these prejudices later on in life. Both direct messages, such as hearing racist speech from family members, and indirect messages, like body language, can impact the biases we develop. No matter how they develop, implicit biases can cause us to have negative or positive reactions to people based on characteristics like age, appearance, ethnicity, and race.
A few key characteristics of implicit biases include:
- They are pervasive – Even those who work to be impartial in their day-to-day lives has prejudices of some kind
- Implicit biases are distinct from explicit biases – If someone is aware of their prejudice, they are confronting an explicit bias
- They can go against our beliefs – It’s possible to actively work against prejudice in our daily lives but still hold negative implicit biases
- Biases tend to favor our ingroups – We are likely to favor our ingroups, such as others in our social or ethnic group
- Implicit biases can be unlearned – Our brains are malleable, and debiasing techniques can help us grow
Since these biases can be unlearned, an implicit bias training and treatment program can be invaluable. Individuals who go through GIA’s program learn how to support a more inclusive and diverse environment.
GIA’s Implicit Bias Training, Certification, and Treatment Program
Racism, gender biases, biases involving sexual orientation, and discrimination of any form will not be tolerated any longer. Now more than ever, municipal governments, police agencies, employers, institutions of higher education, healthcare systems, and businesses alike need to step up and develop a similar internal diversity and inclusion department or provide certificate programs for their entire workforce.
In GIA’s program, participants will go through diagnostic testing followed by our training and treatment program. We implement a full battery of assessments for every individual. These include biopsychosocial testing, the Implicit Association Test (IAT), and other instruments.
Our program focuses on exploring foundational concepts essential to creating an inclusive work environment through both group and individual therapy. Participants work to understand their backgrounds and experiences, which can help them learn how to support an inclusive workplace.
Companies can utilize our program as part of their diversity and inclusion initiatives. We can help them develop a more capable workforce by enhancing staff competencies and capacity relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Specific objectives of the certificate program include:
- Learning the foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Discovering how to create an inclusive work environment
- Professional development for workplaces
Contact GIA Miami Today
Help your team reach new heights. Contact GIA today to learn more about our implicit bias training and treatment program as well as our range of other therapy programs, including:
- Mental performance package
- Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) and education
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation – TMS therapy
Reach out to GIA at 833.713.0828 today to get started.