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“I’m scared and angry”: Using Neuroscience and Intercultural Skills to Engage Effectively

Date: 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT March 24 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School

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Our neurobiology does not always make dealing with differences easy.  Whether it is unconscious bias, or the impact of emotions on our ability to learn and connect, there are obstacles to overcome before we can engage effectively. 

The answers are not simple, but this workshop will provide some key concepts and concrete skills. Emphasizing an intercultural perspective, this workshop is designed to integrate the pragmatic and theoretical in how it addresses communication across differences and social justice issues.

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is free and open to the public.

Accessibility Needs and Accommodations: This workshop location is wheelchair accessible. Please note any additional accessibility needs (including ASL interpretation or non-english language translation) you may have during your registration. We encourage registrants to make our office aware of any requests no later than two weeks before the workshop date. While we will make an effort to secure accommodations upon short notice, we cannot guarantee they will be available. 

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School
Presenter: Cheryl Forster, PsyD

This workshop is currently full. To be placed on a wait-list please contact the CCE at Thank you.

About the Presenter

As a psychologist and an Asian-American woman, Cheryl Forster brings a strong and unique set of skills to her work as an intercultural trainer. Her subject matter expertise, love of learning, and warmth come across in her workshops. Cheryl graduated from Tufts University with her master’s in applied developmental psychology, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University, and obtained her Intercultural Practitioner Certificate from the highly respected Intercultural Communication Institute.  Since 2004, she has worked at Portland State University’s (PSU) Center for Student Health and Counseling, where she is a therapist, supervisor, and the Coordinator of Diversity and the Psychology Internship (PSU has a doctoral internship training program). She is a former Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies’ (ACCTA) Diversity Scholar, and currently serves on the ACCTA Board of Directors (2017 to 2019). In 2018, she will begin teaching a class at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in the Intercultural Competence Specialization program. Moreover, Cheryl is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and a contributing author in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015). Her commitment to the learning process led her to establish her professional intercultural training and development business, called Bookmark Connections.


  • 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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