The Ethics of Interrupting Racism and Recognizing Privilege for Therapists

Presented by Matt Goldenberg, PsyD on 04-12-2019 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Mental health providers are seeing an increase in calls for social justice, activism, and cultural competency. Many counseling job descriptions include a diversity statement and most graduate programs are moving towards including numerous diversity classes or considerations of non-white cultures in the curriculum.  

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Matt Goldenberg, PsyD will discuss how these issues apply to clinicians who are already in practice. For instance, clinicians may wonder when the right time is, ethically and therapeutically, for them to bring topics into therapy that may seem politically or culturally motivated. 

Dr. Goldenberg will discuss how clinicians can challenge a client who seems to be acting with unchecked racial bias. He will also discuss how clinicians can identify their own privilege and become more aware of how this impacts their worldview of acceptable or normative behaviors.

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

  1. Analyze ethical codes for licensure relevant to discussing personal values with clients.
  2. Prepare questions they should ask themselves before challenging a client on sensitive topics.
  3. Recognize what the definition of ‘duty to protect’ can mean in a racially diverse community.
  4. Summarize terminology of privilege and intersectionality with emphasis on clinical considerations.
  5. Discuss how a clinician’s stance of neutrality can limit or expand the therapeutic relationship.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The contents of this program are based primarily on publications from the American Psychological Association, and on the ethics codes of these professional organizations: ACA and APA. Contents are also guided by statements from leadership in those organizations including contributors like Derald Wing Sue and Pamela Hays. Some interpretation and analysis presented is made by the presenter, in consultation with knowledgeable colleagues and expert consultants. Statements about applications to multi-culturally competent counseling practices are according to presenter’s understanding of diversity and equity within mental health at the time of the program. The presenter will also refer to non-peer reviewed sources such as the work of Ijeoma Oluo, Robin D'Angelo, and Michelle Alexander whose research and theory has informed this program. This program discusses strategies for successfully discussing racial bias within the counseling context and identifying which ethical codes should be considered while approaching racial and cultural topics. This presentation is theoretical in basis and does not present any known risks.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: None

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety.

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

This organization, GoodTherapy, 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: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. 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 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.

GoodTherapy, LLC 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 #SW-0395.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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Mental health professionals who are not members can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95. Sign up here to purchase this CE course and earn a CE certificate.

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Meet the Presenter

Matt Goldenberg, PsyD

Matt Goldenberg, PsyD

Matt Goldenberg, PsyD is a licensed psychologist based out of Olympia, WA. Dr. Goldenberg is a faculty member at St. Martin’s University in their Master of Arts in Counseling program, as well as South Puget Sound Community College.

Dr. Goldenberg has been in private practice for five years, and specializes in working with racial, gender, and sexual minorities. For more information about Dr. Goldenberg and his work, please visit www.drmattgoldenberg.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo 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.
  • Logo 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.
  • aceGoodTherapy.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: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. 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, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.
  • Person Centered Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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