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Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy Supervision

Date: 9:00am - 1:00pm PST March 5 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

What is equity-based clinical practice and supervision? Who defines it, and who decides what is equitable? How does our sense of equity affect our ethical stances and roles as therapists and supervisors? In essence, what do equity and ethics have to do with being a socioculturally attuned therapist and supervisor?

Practicing and supervising others who are preparing to practice independently in a diverse world—to be effective, compassionate, equity-based professionals—requires all of us to attend to the impact of societal systems on family dynamics, including family power dynamics. Our own social awareness is paramount to navigating the many practical and ethical considerations in supervision that support just and equitable relationships. 

In this workshop, presenters Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD and Teresa McDowell, EdD will introduce their approach to ethical family therapy practice and supervision based on their text: Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy: Guidelines for Equitable Practice.

Socioculturally attuned family therapy integrates attention to societal systems and power dynamics in ways that promote transformational family and social change using any model of family therapy.

Participants will engage in the ethics of equity-based practice and the role of self-of-the-therapist in socioculturally attuned family therapy and supervision.

Participants will be invited to consider the:

  • Myth of neutrality in the practice of family therapy and supervision
  • Importance of supervisors encouraging supervisees to develop contextual self-of-the-therapist
  • Role of power dynamics in clinical practice and supervision

Dialectical tensions—including societal constraints on personal agency, working with the complexities of resisting oppression, being culturally sensitive yet challenging inequity, and using power to balance power—will be discussed. Finally, presenters will offer examples of common struggles in equity-based supervision.

This workshop meets OBLPCT’s 3 hour training requirement for registered supervisors.

This workshop may meet the OBLPCT 4 hour Cultural Competence Continuing Education requirement. Click here for more information.

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Thursday, March 5, 2020, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Instructors: Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD, Teresa McDowell, EdD

Cost: $60, includes 4 CEUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive 20% off.

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About the Presenters

Teresa McDowell, EdD is a professor and chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Teresa has spent much of her career working to re-envision 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. Recently her research agenda has included expanding critical multiculturalism in family therapy to include an international focus that addresses disparity and promotes global citizenship.

Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD directs the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Her scholarship focuses on how the larger social context influences health and well-being and how therapists can address the inequities that result.  Carmen especially loves working with couples and is widely recognized for her work regarding gender, marital equality, and relational health.  She is a founder of Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy, an approach that attends to the ways couple interaction, emotion, and socio-cultural context come together in clinical process.  Carmen’s teaching and practice are based on her conviction that how therapists conceptualize client concerns is an ethical issue and that clinical practices have consequences that are never neutral.

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