The Ethics of Cultural Self-Awareness: Exploring Therapist Biases and the Counseling Process, PART TWO 4 CE Hours




Understanding cultural issues is critical to providing exceptional care and is an ethical mandate. As examples, the APA code states that psychologists “ensure that their potential biases…do not lead to or condone unjust practices” and the ACA code requires that counselors “explore their own cultural identities and how these affect their values and beliefs about the counseling process.” The NASW code states that “social workers should obtain education and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression….”

Past programs of mine have focused on the above issues with a wide lens. In this one, we will take a deeper dive into our implicit biases. We will also look at how our social identity(ies) and privilege(s) impact us and potentially the therapeutic relationship. As always, and because this topic necessitates such, the seminar will be highly interactive, utilizing film and other video clips to illustrate the issues and spark an open discussion in both small and large groups.


Explore behavioral ethics and the psychology of decision-making, including common systemic errors and unconscious biases, and what we can do to avoid falling into their traps

Discuss the impact of our social identity (ies), particularly for those in dominant groups (i.e. white, straight, male, abled), in and outside of work

Explore the invisibility of our privileges and insidiousness of bias

Understand how mindfulness helps one get acquainted with their biases and can reduce the harmful effects, including ethical missteps