36th Annual Convention Featured Speaker: Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D.
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Racism in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Illuminate and Disarm
Intermediate Level Course

This workshop may be counted toward the Cultural Diversity and Social Justice requirement
mandated every two years for license renewal.

Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D. is Professor of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, microaggression theory, racial dialogues, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism. Author of 23 books and nearly 200 scholarly publications, he served as past presidents of the Asian American Psychological Association, The Society of Counseling Psychology, and The Society for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity. Two studies of multicultural publications and scholars concluded, “Impressively, Derald Wing Sue is without doubt the most influential multicultural scholar in the United States today.

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The biased history of psychology is a major tool by which clinicians located the source of problems within POC, their family values/structures, and their communities. The concept of professionalism in counseling and psychotherapy is a root cause of racial bias in mental health practice. Rather than heal or liberate, psychologists have oppressed and silenced Clients of Color in their practice. Radical solutions are offered for dismantling racism at the professional and individual levels of mental health practice, thereby, promoting healing and well-being.

Course Goals and Objectives:

1.  Attendees will be able to describe how professionalism in counseling and psychotherapy mask racial and cultural biases in mental health practice.

2. Attendees will be able to define cultural racism in counseling and psychotherapy.

3. Attendees will be able to apply at least two culturally-relevant strategies or techniques to disarm or dismantle racism in mental health practice.

Course Outline:

Racism in Counseling and Psychotherapy: - Total Run Time - 120 minutes
Opening Introduction/Remarks by LACPA Representative - (3 Minutes)
1. Review of The American Psychological Association's (APA) resolution, Apology to People of Color forAPA's Role in Promoting and Perpetuating Racism and Racial Discrimination in the U.S. (APA, 2021). (15 minutes)
- Brief discussion of the history of racism and the history of psychology.
- Cultural racism and White supremacy in the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
- Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations objections to White Epistemology
2. Manifestation of Racism in Counseling and Psychotherapy (20 minutes)
- The culture-bound nature of theories of counseling and psychotherapy
- Healing/Liberation vs. Therapeutic oppression
- Bias in theoretical formulations, assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic practice
3. Concept of Professionalism and Racial Bias (30 minutes)
- Four dominant racial biases in psychology that potentially harm clients of color:
a. Universalism over Relativism
b. Individualism over Collectivism
c. Obiectivism over Subiectivism
d. Empiricism over Experientialism
4. Dismantling Racism in Mental Health Practice at the Individual and Institutional Levels (30 minutes)
- Theory
- Clinical Practice
- Education and Training - Public Policy
5. Questions and Answers (22 minutes)

Article on Derald Wing Sue

Derald Wing Sue: Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence