Cultural competence: It’s all about clinician awareness (3 CE’s)

Presented by Laura Brown, Ph.D.
 December 6th,  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

This presentation provides an overview of culturally competent practice in general as well as application in working with refugees within Community Health Centers. Discussion of models of cultural competence, biases, the role of privilege, the role of trauma, and other cultural variables to increase knowledge and skills in working with diverse populations. Attendees will also be educated on refugee specific issues including demographics, common concerns, and openness to treatment and effective strategies in working with refugees.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians, etc). No risks other than those associated with discussing challenging topics that psychologists should be able to handle. Will attempt to be as accurate as possible. All applicable to clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to define and identify the goals of culturally competent practice.
  • Attendees will be able to describe an expanded model of cultural competence including intellectual and emotional competence and the ADDRESSING model.
  • Attendees will be able to describe how trauma impacts identity.
  • Attendees will be able to describe the refugee context and its impact on mental health.
  • Attendees will be able to describe cultural constructs in the mental health system.
  • Attendees will be able to identify the different perceptions of traditional communities about mental health and associated stigma.
  • Attendees will be able to apply culturally-sensitive strategies into treatment plans and discussions with refugees.

Presenter Information

Laura Brown, Ph.D., received a B.A cum laude in 1972 from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1977. She completed a predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Seattle Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Dr. Brown has served on the faculties of Southern Illinois University, the University of Washington, and the Washington School of Professional Psychology, and has taught and lectured through the U.S., Canada, Europe, Taiwan, and Israel. Her scholarly interests focus on feminist therapy theory, trauma treatment, lesbian and gay issues, assessment and diagnosis, ethics and standards of care in psychotherapy, and cultural competence

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Location and Costs

$55.00 – Regular registration fee
$41.25 – Consortium Affiliate
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

The presentation will be offered at the HealthPoint Administration Office 955 Powell Avenue SW, Renton, Washington 98057.