Shimon Cohen

Credentials: MSW, LCSW

Position title: Social Worker and Educator

Shimon wearing a black shirt with the words "Doin' The Work" visible, while standing in front of a tree

Shimon Cohen (he/him) is a social work educator, podcaster, and change agent, based in Miami, FL. He is passionate about racial justice and liberatory social work. Shimon is the host and producer of the nationally recognized podcast Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change and owner of Doin’ The Work LLC, providing continuing education and consultation for anti-racist, anti-oppressive, liberatory practice. He volunteers as a clinical supervisor at the Healing & Justice Center and helped develop the Freedom House Mobile Crisis program. Additionally, Shimon is the Board President at EduExito, Inc., a non-profit providing school supplies to students in under-resourced communities in the Dominican Republic. He enjoys family time with his wife, two daughters, and dog.

Presentation Title:Combating the Gatekeeping of Social Work : A #StopASWB Panel

Presentation Description: In Aug 2022, the social work profession got confirmation that concerns about the ASWB licensure tests were true and the test at all levels showed heavy racial, language and age biases and other data was still not released. This panel will discuss the current issues with how social workers are evaluated, the actions and discussions being had, and what it means for our profession to continue to be ruled by racist, ableist, and generally oppressive gatekeeping praxis.