I Never Meant to Hurt You: Recognizing Personal Bias and Deepening Your Cultural Sensitivity

Presented by Michael Kahn, LPC, JD on 05-06-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Increasingly, cultural sensitivity is being recognized as essential to an effective and ethical therapeutic practice. Our professional ethics codes mandate reflection on cultural bias as it relates to the counseling process. The APA code requires psychologists to “ensure that their potential biases…do not lead to or condone unjust practices” and the ACA code requires counselors to “explore their own cultural identities and how these affect their values and beliefs about the counseling process.”

Using a broad definition of bias, to include conscious or unconscious attitudes regarding race, religion, physical ability, gender expression, age, national origin, sexual orientation, etc., this web conference will explore how the therapist’s cultural values and biases can affect interactions with people in therapy, erode the therapeutic relationship, and lead to less than optimal outcomes, such as lack of progress and sudden termination. While eliminating bias completely is an impossible task, the goal of this web conference is to both increase clinicians’ awareness of their own biases and how these biases may affect those in therapy and to provide tools for change. 

Therapists often see themselves as good, caring people, and it can be painful to realize we have hurt someone unknowingly. People in therapy may be uncomfortable confronting a therapist, due to the inherent power imbalance in the relationship. We will discuss some of the more subtle ways bias shows up, such as microaggressions, as well as some steps therapists can take to become aware of, take responsibility for, and reduce their own biases while also lessening the impact of bias on others. 

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Conduct “cultural auditing" throughout the therapeutic relationship.
  2. Critically review research studies that illustrate the negative impact of bias inside and outside the counseling room.
  3. Describe microaggressions and explore ways to reduce them.
  4. Remove obstacles to honest self-examination.
  5. Utilize an ethical decision-making model that includes cultural factors.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. The video portion of the web conference center is not accessible via smartphone or tablet.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

388CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Highlights

A great reminder that we all have biases (there is no shame in that) and need to recognize and work through them with ourselves and with our clients. – Kristen Martinez, MEd, EdS, LMHCA

Most interesting and best ethics CEU I ever attended!  Kathy Oades-Kelly MS, LPC, NCC

A great presentation reinforcing how important it is for mental health providers to examine their own personal/professional/cultural bias. – Leonna Chodos, MFT

Meet the Presenter

Michael Kahn, LPC, JD

Michael Kahn, LPC, JD

Michael Kahn, LPC, JD has been a counselor for more than 20 years. He received his master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his law degree from The Dickinson School of Law. Michael worked for six years in the Attorney General’s Office for the State of New Jersey and later at the Tulane University Law School.

Michael offers workshops on diversity, grief, ethics, and other subjects for mental health professionals nationally, internationally, and to the United States military. He also provides ethics trainings for attorneys. For more about Michael's workshops and trainings, go to michaelkahnworkshops.com or reeltimecle.com.

When he is not busy presenting workshops, Michael enjoys making documentary films. He also contributed a chapter entitled “Saying Goodbye: Loss and Bereavement" to the book Cinemeducation: Volume 2: Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education.

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.