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Virtual Lunch & Learn: Microaggression
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PST
Category: Lunch & Learn


LACPA Membership Benefit

Presented by
Cris Scaglione, Ph.D.
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
12:00 - 1:30 PM (PT)
Held virtually via Zoom
Intermediate Level 
1.5  CE Credits 
 This program will be recorded for future on-demand viewing.


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Despite recent controversy/push back about microaggressions, decades of research support the damaging effects of microaggressive actions and comments. This lecture and discussion will delve into the biological, psychological, and social aspects of microaggression, as well as effective ways to begin building awareness and competence in reducing them through microinterventions.



Cris Scaglione, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in neuropsychology, geropsychology, and rehabilitation. She teaches part time, and works in a group practice, mostly with young adults with complex issues, which  require a trauma-focused biopsychosocial perspective. Training in anthropology, and involvement in the LGBTQ and other minoritized communities contribute to a keen interest in multicultural psychology and social justice.



Course Goals and Educational Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

1. Identify at least 2 types of microaggression and differentiate them from "macroaggressions"

2. Explain the costs of microaggression to our physical and mental health, and interpersonal interactions

3. Devise ways in which to reduce microaggressions and their effects (microinterventions)



Course Outline:

1. Speaker Introduction

3 min

2. Outline of talk, learning objectives,

2 min

3. Definition of microaggression

a) basic history & definition

b) problems/challenges to the definition

c) expansion of definition & asking attendees to identify subtypes of microaggression

d) some literary examples (e.g., from Rankine's "Citizen: An American Lyric"),

e) attendees' experiences of microaggression


20 min

4. Long term effects of microaggression

a) biological

b) psychological

c) social

20 min

à Optional: short break (might field some questions during this break)

5 min

5. Clinical (& research) implications of microaggression effects for

a) our clients

b) ourselves

c) our profession and society at large

5 min

6. Reducing microaggressions and their effects

a) microinterventions & barriers to their implementation

b) self and professional development and multicultural competence

20 min

7. Brief summary and Q&A

 10 min