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A Journey to Cultural Humility: Challenging Incongruence and Bias in Clinical Practice- Part I

June 7, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Instructor: Natalie Moore-Bembry, EdD, MSW, LSW

In order to challenge racial disparities, we must start at home, with us, the clinicians and practitioners. This requires a dual examination of the role of institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression in the field along with a commitment to understand and identify the ways in which our own acts of microaggression (whether intentional and/or unintentional) impact our work with one another and clients. Microaggressions are unintentional, subconscious expressions of racism and other forms of oppression that occur in our everyday personal and professional lives and thus inform and impact our work with clients (Forest-Bank, 2016Íž Spencer, 2017). Microaggressions occur towards those who are of marginalized populations based on ability, religion, sexuality, gender, status, age and mental health problems (Sue, 2010). 
Understanding microaggressions provides a concrete example of the ways in which racism and systems of privilege can be subtle and unintentional and can be a powerful tool for combatting racism and discrimination (Forrest-Bank, 2016). As one increases his or her knowledge regarding microaggressions, it is natural to speculate on the origins of these thoughts and behaviors. This deliberation compels us to examine our own values and beliefs that are ingrained through culture, experiences, and racial identity development. Our values and beliefs can manifest into microaggressions, furthering the cycle of oppression (Edmonds-Cady & Wingfield, 2017). As we assess our development, we will begin to make strides through the stages of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity continuum, transitioning from an ethnocentric worldview to an ethnorelative worldview (Hernandez & Kose, 2012).

CE Credits: 6 Cultural


June 7
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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