As mental health professionals we are encouraged to develop an awareness of our biases and prejudices that shape our worldviews, so as not to negatively impact our clients and others that we serve. We are also encouraged to be aware of 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, ability status, language, and socioeconomic status.
Understanding our own worldviews and what it means to be a multicultural being is the foundation of multicultural competence. Without this, we cannot hold the awareness of and respect for others as multicultural beings.
Using the multicultural guidelines published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA), this three-day intermediate level continuing education workshop will offer a deep exploration of participants’ multicultural identities and worldviews and the impact on their work as mental health professionals.
The layered ecological model will be used to explore each of the following cultural identities: ability status; religion/spirituality; socioeconomic status; race; ethnicity; immigration status; sex; gender identity; and sexual orientation. This model will address the factors that influence the dynamic nature of these intersecting cultural identities as well as the impact of privilege and oppression on intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic levels.
The importance of cultivating a multicultural cultural orientation-of which cultural humility is a foundation will also be a focus of this three-day intermediate level continuing education workshop.
This exploration will provide the information needed for participants to design a personal action plan for increasing multicultural competence and cultivating a multicultural orientation at the end of Day 3.
Note: While it is important to understand the complexities of the multiple identities that we all have, understanding oneself as a racial being is typically the most challenging of all.
Awakening to a deeper awareness of the ways in which privilege and oppression-based on the socially constructed concept of race- impact ourselves and others can be uncomfortable to sit with. Yet, it is this discomfort-in conditions of relative safety- that can be a catalyst for us to begin to see ourselves and others through “new eyes,” or a new worldview.
This training is being offered in racial affinity groups with the intention of creating greater psychological safety and space for everyone to focus on their own work. More detail about this will be provided at the beginning of Day 1.
At the end of the training participants will be able to:
explain the layered ecological model developed by the APA Multicultural Guidelines Task Force
describe the four components of multicultural competence
describe the three components of a multicultural orientation
discuss the controversy between the concepts of multicultural competence and cultural humility
identify two challenges to the cultivation of a multicultural orientation
describe three strategies for enhancing cultural humility
describe two ways to increase comfort in addressing cultural issues that commonly arise in therapist-client interactions
discuss the ways in which identity and self-definition are fluid and complex and that the interaction between the two are dynamic
analyze how their own cultural identities have been constructed based on social, cultural, and contextual norms and how this has influenced their worldview
identify at least one historical and one contemporary experience that have influenced each of their four most salient cultural identities
demonstrate the ability to reflect on how their worldviews and positionalities may affect the quality and range of the psychological services they provide
describe how privilege and oppression are created and reinforced on an institutional and structural level
discuss the importance of promoting health and well-being of clients by challenging negative biases that perpetuate oppression in the provision of psychological services
identify two advocacy strategies that can help to empower clients
identify two advocacy strategies to reduce oppression or discrimination on an institutional level and
identify two advocacy strategies to reduce oppression or discrimination on a social/political level
design a personal action plan for increasing multicultural competence and cultivating a multicultural orientation.
$525.00 (Includes Certificate of Attendance for 21 CEs)
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