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Continuing Education

Recognizing and Responding to Hate and Bias: Counselors as Points of Contact and Agents of Change

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PST March 2, 2018 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School

Lewis & Clark Graduate School

Counselors, social workers, and family therapists often come face-to-face with hate and bias. Many with whom they work often live with pervasive and negative effects of racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, and xenophobia.

These injustices can often go unnoticed, however, when they are evident, counselors and other helping professionals can feel uncertain in their response, or how they can act as first responders to incidents of hate and bias.

The counseling milieu provides a unique opportunity to be effective in our initial response to incidents and for sustained and in-depth conversation with those experiencing oppression, hate, and bias.

This workshop will provide guidelines for responding to reports of discrimination and help participants identify when mental health and relational symptoms are acts of resistance. We will identify various forms of resistance, how to identify resilience as a result of resistance, and ways to help clients explore collective resistance.

Additionally, the presenter will share how to attune to and name oppression, value that which has been marginalized, interrupt unjust power dynamics, help clients envision more just relationships, and work toward equity-based transformation.

This workshop is geared toward counseling professions—particularly family therapists, counselors and social workers.

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is offered free of charge.

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Friday, March 2, 2018, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School
Presenter: Teresa McDowell, EdD

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About the Presenter

Teresa McDowell, EdD is a professor and chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College. Teresa has spent much of her career working to revise marriage and family therapy education in ways that better support social equity and cultural democracy. Her scholarship has focused on issues of race and social class in family therapy practice and education, critical multicultural family research, and internationalizing family therapy programs.


  • This project is supported by the City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Management and Finance, Special Appropriations for Portland United Against Hate. The content is solely the responsibility of the grantee and does not necessarily represent the official views of the City of Portland.



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