ANNUAL CONFERENCE              MARCH   6 & 7    2020


Save the dates for the Annual Conference!

Friday & Saturday

March 6-7, 2020



Deborah L. Plummer, PhD


Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant

250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Remember that this $139/night rate ends 2/5/20 and space is limited,

so grab your room(s) before they are gone!  

  It has come to our attention that when reserving guest rooms at Hotel Indigo, their confirmation page will indicate that the    $139/night is a non-refundable rate.  This is not accurate information.  SCSCSW contracted our block of rooms with the    agreement that in the event a conference attendee needs to cancel their reservation, there will be a full refund as long as any cancelation is prior to 48-hours. 

Registration is now open!

More About Our Speaker:

Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, Dr. Plummer is a nationally recognized psychologist, university professor, chief diversity officer, diversity management thought leader, author, and speaker on topics central to racial equality, inclusion and mutual respect. She is the principal consultant for D.L. Plummer & Associates which has provided diversity and change management strategies for over 80 organizations in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.  Dr. Plummer currently serves as Chief Diversity Officer for University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care and is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Quantitative Health Sciences. She has held roles as a hospital system chief diversity officer, university professor, and funding director of a graduate degree program in diversity management.

In 2016, Deborah was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top 15 Chief Diversity Officers to Know. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Plummer has also maintained a private practice for over twenty years treating individuals, couples, and families while serving a term, by appointment of the Governor, on the State of Ohio Board of Psychology. Dr. Plummer is also the author of Some of My Friends Are. . . The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships and Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships, and is the editor of the Handbook of Diversity Management. Dr. Plummer has also authored several book chapters ad published numerous journal articles.

Dr,. Plummer's most recent book and others she recommends will be available for sale at the conference


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Thank You to This Years Sponsors!!

In this workshop, you will:

  • Understand race from a relational framework and its manifestation in clinical and community practice.


  • Explain the racial identity resolution process and its developmental statuses and its implication for clinical practice and efforts toward peaceful communities.


  • Analyze the interplay of multiple and intersecting identities at various levels of human system: intrapsychic, interpersonal, group, organization, and society.


  • Explain how our brains form prejudices and processes differences.


  • Describe the three components of radical respect: admiration, dignity and civility.


  • Apply radical respect principles to clinical and community case scenarios.


  • And more!


Friday, March 6      8:30am–4:45pm

Saturday, March 7     8:30am–12:45pm

10 CEUs

There is wide consensus that racial categories, used in everyday common practice, are socially constructed and pseudo-biological terms.  Yet, racial identity or the psychological connection we have with our race is integrated, consciously or unconsciously, into everything that we do and how we express ourselves in the world. 


As clinicians practicing in racially-charged times, we often serve as a bridge between belonging and otherness.  Working with people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we are often challenged to manage the impact of society’s racial tensions and its pervasive influence in our multiracial society. Helping clients achieve healthy racial identity resolution and understand themselves as racial beings requires that clinicians manage their own unconscious biases and practice radical respect. 


Using a relational framework that offers a contemporary approach for managing differences, this workshop will explore race as a critical aspect of self, yet only one aspect of our multiple and intersecting identities. We will examine the various racial identity statues and how they are manifested in our everyday lives. We will also explore how we can use ourselves as tools for behavioral change with clients and in the community through fostering the three components of respect: admiration, dignity and civility.

Conference Schedule


Breakfast & Registration beginning at 7:30 am.

Conference begins at 8:30 am and ends at 4:45 pm.

Evening Reception will immediately follow be sure and register!

Hors d’oeuvres included and cash bar!



Breakfast & Registration beginning at 7:30 am.

Conference begins at 8:30 am and ends at 12:45 pm.

Before leaving, join the board for the annual meeting.




Early Bird Ends 2/6/20 - $150 Members,   $200 Non-Members,   $100 Students Regular - $175   Members, $225   Non-Members,   $125 Students

Registrations cancelled after 2/27/20 will receive a 50% refund


Discounted room rate will end 2/5/20


Dr. Plummer will have books available at the conference for purchase


This reception will be Friday evening and will be a great time to network with others in your profession. Hors d'oeurves with a cash bar.

Early Bird Registration Ends 2/6/2020
CEUs Will Be Distributed at End of Conference  Dr. Plummer's boooks will be available for sale

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