2017 Cultural Competency Summit
Greetings! It is my honor to invite you to participate in a dynamic and rich tradition of cultural competency training at Georgia State University. On Friday May 19, 2017 we will be hosting the 2017 Cultural Competency Summit. The Summit is the result of our desire to provide annual, rather than biennial training for mental health professionals in the area of cultural competency. Our theme for this year’s conference reflects our effort to continue the rich legacy of providing high quality evidence based multicultural training as well as space for meaningful discussion for mental health professionals.
Our conference committee is pleased to share a dynamic line-up of continuing education presenters and topics including:
- Dr. Faughn Adams – Skills for Providing Affirmative and Ethical Care for Transgender Clients
- Dr. Shawndell Clay – Racial Identity Development and Depression: Research Guiding Effective Intervention
- Dr. Mikyta Daugherty – An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing Strategies for Ethnic Minority Populations
- Dr. Hamid Mirsalimi – Increasing Knowledge, Skills and Awareness for Working Effectively with Muslim Clients
- Jessica Nunan, LMSW, Executive Director of Caminar Latino – Providing Ethical Care for Undocumented Individuals and Families
- Panel on Providing Culturally Competent Supervision
- Film screening of The Mask You Live In, followed by a presentation exploring how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity can be psychologically harmful to boys, men and society at large and discussion of what we can do about it
Opportunities will be provided at lunch for visiting a poster session featuring current research in the field of multicultural counseling and addressing health disparities as well as for signing up to participate in a roundtable “Courageous Conversation” on one of the following topics:
The intention of this courageous conversation is to explore the consequences of exposure to identity-based violence via the media, as well as the tension between being aware of current events while also recognizing that chronic exposure to violence has deleterious mental health effects. This conversation also aims to address the unique needs of therapists who may feel personally affected by such events when they share identities with the victims (e.g. black therapists witnessing killing of unarmed black men). Participants will engage in a conversation about how trending trauma effects clinical work and wellbeing, while also exploring strategies for dealing with the effects of trending trauma individually and collectively.
In this courageous conversation, participants will explore what it means to be an effective ally both in the therapeutic relationship and outside of it. Participants will consider how allies can check their own privilege, be held accountable by marginalized groups and engage allying in a way that does not inadvertently reify privilege and oppression. The goal is not to provide conclusions or definitive answers, rather to engage participants in an exploration of these important issues and their implications for both therapeutic work and the global community.
This courageous conversation will explore the effects of microaggressions in therapy. Questions to consider include: How may microaggressions show up in therapy? How does a therapist know they have engaged in such behavior if the client does not disclose? What is the appropriate response for microaggressive clients? The goal is that participants will share their experiences with microaggressions in therapy, increase awareness of the ways in which microaggressions likely occur bidirectionally in the therapy dyad, identify therapeutic ways in which to address such exchanges and recognize how microaggressions in therapy may generalize to how clients move throughout their world.
As the Senior Director of Psychological and Health Services and a Georgia State University alumna, I look forward to welcoming you to our campus for this amazing professional growth and community building opportunity. I truly believe you will leave feeling renewed and better able to provide culturally competent care because you were with us. We hope to see you there!
Jill Lee-Barber, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Psychological and Health Services