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

Presented by Beth Farmer, LCSW, and Laura Brown, Ph.D.
Friday, February 2nd,  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

This course 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, role of privilege, 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. Beth Farmer will present on this topic from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, and Dr. Laura Brown will present on this topic from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. There are no known risks associated with this presentation.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives for 1:00pm – 3:00pm portion

  • 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.

Learning Objectives for 3:00pm – 4:30pm portion

  • Identify culturally competent practice as being about the clinician, not the client
  • Understand contributions of intersectional identities to distress and resilience
  • Identify intersectional dynamics in transferential and countertransferential exchanges
  • Understand why the “special populations” model is problematic and out-dated.

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.

Beth Farmer has been the Program Director of International Counseling and Community Services (ICCS) since 2007. She is a licensed clinical social worker who has more than 20 years of experience in sexual assault response, community organizing and HIV/AIDS programs.

*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.