Our focus is on multicultural competence because all lives really do matter.

We all want and deserve to be seen, heard, appreciated, and respected. As mental health professionals we have the ethical responsibility of being aware and respectful of cultural differences between ourselves and those we serve, based on age, gender, language, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status. We are also expected to ensure that our own biases and prejudices-and to the best of our ability those of others-do not negatively impacting the students, clients, research participants, and others that we serve.

We can’t do this without some level of multicultural competence-despite our best intentions. In fact, we do a lot of harm not meaning to.

Multicultural competence is challenging because it requires a willingness to engage in ongoing self-reflection about our own worldviews-that set of attitudes, beliefs, biases, and assumptions we have about ourselves and others-based on our many intersecting cultural identities. It also requires the willingness to challenge the narratives about ourselves and others that we have internalized through the socialization process and our experiences with power, privilege, and marginalization. Multicultural competence is a lifelong journey. No matter how much we already know, there is always more to learn-about ourselves and others.

The facilitators at CEMPSYCH, LLC have demonstrated commitments to their ongoing journeys of multicultural competence. They understand the challenges that arise. They know that no one ever “arrives,” and the more you learn, the more there is to learn. CEMPSYCH, LLC facilitators also know that the journey of multicultural competence is not about perfection, but rather progress and connection with self and others. They appreciate that you too want and deserve to be seen, heard, appreciated, and respected. They have the capacity to hold sacred space for shared vulnerability required for this transformational work, as well as the courage to stay present in the hard conversations that sometimes arise along the way. Most of all, they understand that we really are all in this together.

We can do this work together. 


The Influence of Religion and Spirituality on Bereavement: Implications for Grief Counseling

Workshop Date: Saturday, September 26, 2019

Springhill Suites Philadelphia Plymouth Meeting

430 Plymouth Rd

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

6 CEs Cultural Competency/Diversity for Psychologists


Target Audience: Psychologists and other mental health professionals.

In this introductory workshop, facilitators Sonya Lott, Ph.D. and Mike Likier, Ph.D. will provide an overview of the major psychological theories of grief, and the ways in which religious and/or spiritual beliefs and practices may influence various aspects of the bereavement process. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the impact their own religious and/or spiritual beliefs and practices have had on their experiences of bereavement. The implications of religious and/or spiritual beliefs and practices of both clients and therapists in grief counseling will also be explored.

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Multicultural Competence: A Mindfulness Based Approach

Workshop Dates: October 18-20, 2019

Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside Hotel

Orlando, FL

17 CE Cultural Competency/Diversity & 1 CE Ethics for Psychologists

In this intermediate and experiential 3-day workshop, facilitators Sonya Lott, Ph.D. and Mike Likier, Ph.D. will provide an overview of multicultural competence, using the APA’s Multicultural Guidelines: An Ecological Approach to Context, Identity, and Intersectionality, 2017. These guidelines call upon mental health professionals to deepen their awareness of self and others based on the intersectionality of reference group identities (age, sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, SES, gender identity, ability status, religion, spirituality, immigration status, and more) and contextual influences such as families, institutions, and society-at-large. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of power, privilege, and marginalization on individuals and groups.

Participants will learn ways to cultivate mindfulness and cultural humility as they explore their own worldviews shaped by their reference group identities and their experiences of power, privilege, and marginalization. The impact of their worldviews on their overall well-being as well as the students, clients, research participants they serve, will be also be explored.

On Day 3 of the workshop, facilitators will guide participants in creating a unique plan for their continued expansion of multicultural competence, based on several self-assessments offered during the workshop.

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Diversity in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: A Developmental Perspective for Providing Inclusive and Affirmative Care

Workshop Dates: November 16-17, 2019

Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel

Tampa, FL

12 CE Cultural Competency/Diversity for Psychologists

This introductory workshop facilitated by Ady Ben-Israel, Ph.D. and Sonya Lott, Ph.D. is designed to provide an overview of the diversity that exists in sexual orientation and gender identity throughout the lifespan. Participants will have opportunities to practice mindfulness and cultural humility in exploring their own biases and assumptions related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Emphasis will be placed on the negative impact of prejudice and discrimination (much of it legal) on the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of LBGTQ individuals. The workshop will also focus on best practices for providing inclusive and affirmative care at different ages, based on the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients (2011) and Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People (2014).

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CEMPSYCH, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CEMPSYCH, LLC maintains responsibility for all programming and content.