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Enhancing Reflective Clinical Practice: Recognizing Implicit Bias and Deepening Your Cultural Competence

Date: 9:00am - 4:30pm PDT September 15 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Smith Hall

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Smith Hall

In this workshop, participants will explore how the identities, background and past experiences of a therapist can affect interactions with those who are different from them in a variety ways, including and especially, their clients.

We will discuss implicit (or unconscious) bias as it applies to multiple identities, including race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age and ability. The goal of this workshop is not to eliminate biases—an impossible task—but to increase one’s awareness of them, thus decreasing their likelihood of interfering with a client’s progress.

Discovering our biases can be painfully challenging, particularly when they are contrary to our values and self-concept. This can lead to avoiding further self-examination. Also, the therapist/client relationship has an unequal power dynamic which compounds the therapist’s ability to recognize their own biases.

Moreover, clients are less likely to confront their therapist due to this power dynamic. Together, we will discuss steps therapists can take to reduce bias and the various impacts it may have. Film clips will be used to encourage small and large group discussions.

Workshop Participants Will:

  • Learn how to conduct “cultural auditing” throughout the therapeutic relationship
  • Review research studies that illustrate the negative impact of bias inside and outside the counseling room
  • Recognize microinsults/invalidations and implicit bias and discover ways to reduce them
  • Explore the invisibility of our privileges
  • Review obstacles to honest self-examination
  • Discuss behavioral ethics, including common systemic thinking errors that are the result of unconscious biases, and what we can do to avoid falling into their traps

This workshop satisfies the OBLPCT’s 4 hour Cultural Competence Continuing Education requirement.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Kahn, LPC, JD 

Cost: $125 before 8/22, $150 after. Includes 6.5 CEUs. $50 student rate. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. 

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About the Instructor

Michael Kahn, LPC, JD lectures and facilitates workshops on grief, wellness, cultural competence, and ethics. He has presented programs throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as for the U.S. military stateside and in Japan and Germany. He also presents programs on the above issues for lawyers. Michael is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™). Michael has a BA in Psychology from Emory University, a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law, and a Master’s in Education from UNC Greensboro. He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1996. Michael wrote the chapter “Saying Goodbye: Loss and Bereavement” in Cinemeducation, Volume 2: Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education.

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