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East Bay CAMFT

Culturally Responsive Counseling: Addressing Biases in Clinical Practice

  • March 24, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Presented by Dr. Shawan Worsley, PhD, LMFT, LPCC

2 CE credits

This is a LIVE Workshop Only (No Recordings)

Last day to register: Thursday, March 23, 2023, 12:00pm

This introductory-level workshop begins with an informative overview of key concepts in antiracist clinical practice, including definitions of race, prejudice, discrimination, racism, and antiracism. It also explores the similarities and differences between the following concepts: (1) Cultural Competence, (2) Cultural Humility, and (3) Culturally Responsive. This workshop assists clinicians in identifying vocabulary for their approach to working with socially and culturally diverse clients. In addition, participants consider the ethical responsibilities of therapists concerning race, racism, and social justice. Clinicians engage in critical self-exploration, in which they explore their own biases as therapists. Finally, participants identify the racial issues they are most comfortable addressing as therapists and the topics about which they remain silent.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

1. Compare the concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility
2. Discuss how cultural biases may influence clinical behavior
3. Assess one way in which social justice relates to one’s clinical practice of psychotherapy

Educational Goals 

1. Explore how the concepts of cultural humility, social justice and anti-racism are components of culturally responsive counseling.
2. Increase personal self-awareness of biases that may impact one’s clinical practice with socially and culturally diverse communities. 

Course Outline

1. Mindful Arrival into Session via Meditation

2. Key Terms Related to Culturally Responsive Counseling

A. Cultural Competence

B. Cultural Humility

C. Culturally Responsive

3. Research on Biases/Blindspots

4. Clinical Self-Awareness Exercise

A. Take Race Implicit Association Test

B. Discuss feelings and results in small groups in breakout rooms

C. Large group discussion and analysis of IATs

5. Strategies for Overcoming Biases

6. Resources to Assist Clinicians in Increasing Awareness of Biases

7. Ethics, Social Justice and Culturally Responsive Counseling

A. Importance of social justice considering the prevalence of biases

B. Review of statements re social justice in Code of Ethics for

1. APA

2. ACA



C. Experiential Small Group exercise

1. Brainstorm social justice issues impacting your client. 

8. Question and Answer Period

9. Mindful Exit

About the Presenter

Shawan Worsley (she/her) is the Founder and Executive Director of Culture Ally. Dr. Worsley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, a B.A. in African American Studies, and another B.A. in International Relations. In her former role as an Assistant Professor, she taught college courses, conducted scholarly research, presented her work at conferences throughout the country, and published an academic book with Routledge Press. As a therapist, Dr. Worsley has worked extensively in communities of color, providing therapy and case management to adults and children, in virtually every clinical setting. In addition, she has created and delivered culturally responsive clinical training and consultation to therapists throughout the country. Dr. Worsley combines her academic passion for exploring social identity issues with her clinical expertise in addressing the mental health needs of culturally diverse communities. Her vocational goal is to help eradicate mental health disparities that impair the health and well-being of communities of color as she continues to provide therapy services through her private practice in Northern California.

CE Credit Certificates

Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

East Bay Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #52488) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  East Bay Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Please note: Certificates of Completion will be awarded after the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety and complete the course evaluation form.


We invite non-members to consider joining East Bay CAMFT.
Member pricing:
Licensed Membership Fee: $60/annually
Pre-Licensed Associate/Student/Retired Membership Fee: $35/annually


You may cancel for a 50% refund between 5 and 15 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies.  Unused funds cannot be applied to future events. NO EXCEPTIONS!  If the event is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.  

**By registering for the event you agree to the terms of the Cancellation/Refund Policy**

For general information, special needs, ADA accommodations, or grievances: Please contact Sandy at  You will receive a response within 24 hours. Note: Deadline for requesting ADA accommodations is two weeks prior to the workshop so that we may have time to properly accommodate you. 

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