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[Online] Cultural Values, Intelligence, Bias, and Self-Awareness

Date: 9:00am - 12:30pm PST November 21 Location: Online


How do we understand culture and approach cultural differences? What are some key components for cultural effectiveness? And how do our cultural values intersect with biases we may experience?

This online workshop will explore these questions and the importance of cultural values, while providing a culture-general framework for effective cultural analysis that may be used in various situations and professional settings. Additionally, the typical conversation about biases will be expanded and viewed from a cultural perspective as a way to increase self-awareness.

Cultural intelligence, or CQ, is defined as a measure of one’s capacity to function effectively in a multi-cultural environment. Improving our cultural intelligence (CQ) is essential because emotional intelligence (EQ) is culture-bound. Culture and CQ are process-oriented, so we will address these issues in a way that goes beyond stereotypes, and inadequate do’s and don’ts with different cultures. 

Following this workshop, participants will be able to to:

  • Discuss why a culture-general frame is needed for diversity work
  • Describe the four components of cultural intelligence (CQ)
  • Recognize differences between individualistic and collectivistic cultures
  • Recognize differences between small and large power distance values
  • Define at least ten core cultural value dimensions
  • Apply cultural value knowledge to bias work (unconscious and conscious)

Who Should Attend? This workshop will benefit family therapists, counselors, educators, social workers, case managers, and other professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills around working with diverse populations.

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

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Cheryl Forster, PsyD

Cost: $60, includes 3 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni, Adjunct Faculty and Lewis & Clark School-based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%. Free for Lewis & Clark Clinical Supervisors.

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    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


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. She has completed over 650 hours of post-graduate training in intercultural communication from many leaders in the field. Since 2004, she has worked at Portland State University’s (PSU) Center for Student Health and Counseling, where she is the Coordinator of Diversity and Psychology Programs. She is a former Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies’ (ACCTA) Diversity Scholar, and served on the ACCTA Board of Directors (2017 to 2019). In the spring of 2018, she taught a class at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and became a Certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Facilitator. Moreover, Cheryl is 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.


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