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Continuing Education

The Ethics of Cultural Self-Awareness: How to Offend Without Really Trying

Date: 1:00pm PDT April 10, 2015 Location: Lewis and Clark Graduate Campus, South Chapel

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    Michael Kahn, M.Ed., J.D., LPC

Lewis and Clark Graduate Campus, South Chapel

Understanding cultural issues is critical to providing excellent care. In this workshop, we will explore how the counselor’s (and other helping professional’s) cultural values and biases, often in less overt forms, can affect interactions with people who are different from them in various ways, including and especially their clients.

During this workshop, we will discuss bias as it applies to many “categories,” such as race, religion, sexual orientation, physical condition, socio-economic status, and gender.

The workshop will be highly interactive, using film clips from mainstream and independent films to illustrate the issues and spark an open discussion in both small and large groups. 

Learning objectives:

  • Identify cultural awareness as an ethical mandate
  • Explore how the professional’s cultural identity, experiences and biases can impact relationships
  • Define and recognize microaggression, including steps toward reducing microaggressions
  • Learn the importance of “cultural auditing” throughout the therapeutic relationship

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015

Time: 1-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Kahn, M.Ed., J.D., LPC

Cost: $75 by 3/20, $85 after, includes 4.5 CEUs or PDUs, $30 students. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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Online registration closes at noon Thursday, April 9. If you have missed the online registration cut off, you are still welcome to join us at this workshop and register at the door.

Pre-Workshop Questions and Exercises

The instructor of this course has requested that all participants please complete the following workshop questions and exercises before the start of the course on April 10th:
Pre-Workshop Questions to Consider

Pre-Workshop Project Implicit Instructions

About the Instructor

Michael Kahn, LPC, holds a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. He has been a counselor since 1994 and his areas of focus include grief and men’s issues. Michael presents workshops on ethics, grief, diversity and other topics for mental health professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including for the U.S. military here and in Germany. He also presents ethics workshops for attorneys. Michael wrote the chapter Saying Goodbye: Loss and Bereavement” in Cinemeducation, Volume 2: Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education. He is among the forefront in his field on the use of film in therapy and workshops. In his free time Michael makes documentary films.

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