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This is a non-interactive self-study course – Diversity & Cultural Competence for Mental Health Professionals

May 9, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - December 31, 2100 @ 3:00 pm


This is a non-interactive self-study course. The course is comprised of two sections with all content presented in both audio and text

Section 1 describes a framework for multicultural competency along with a review of findings of
social worker perspectives on how they developed their own competence, a process equally applicable
to all mental health professionals.

Section 2 provides information on challenges faced by certain sub-populations including African
American women, persons with disabilities, and LBGQTI+ persons, all populations mental health
professionals frequently interact with. Specific guidance for how to conceptualize and interact
therapeutically with such persons is provided by experts in their respective fields.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Identify the components of the integrative model of multicultural responsiveness Explain how the
strengths and vulnerabilities of the African American female client can guide assessment and
2. Analyze the unique issues involved in treating clients with disabilities (e.g., assessing for
discrimination and abuse, helping with empowerment, and avoiding common diagnostic errors)
3. Discuss the unmet mental health and addiction needs of members of the LGBTIQ+ communities, the
barriers of access to treatment, specific interventions,
and future directions in research

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May 9 @ 3:00 pm
December 31, 2100 @ 3:00 pm