CCC Schedule

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Schedule of Events

1:00 – 1:50 PM    Check In

2:00 – 2:50 PM    Round 1 – concurrent sessions

3:00 – 3:50 PM    Round 2 – concurrent sessions

4:00 – 4:50 PM    Round 3 – concurrent sessions

5:00 – 5:50 PM    Round 4 – concurrent sessions

6:00 – 7:30 PM    Dinner & Keynote


Round 1 Sessions

Cultural Competency in Local Government Policies – Felicia Brabec, PsyD, MSW

Racism has existed for centuries.  In many cases, government has helped perpetuate racism.  Because of that, it is imperative that government acknowledge and engage in a process of self-examination as well as develop policies and procedures that address and combat racism.  Washtenaw County has been engaged in this process.  We hope that engagement and adoption of change will allow for different community outcomes that currently speak to the inequities that exist in our County.  We know we can do better!  

BoysWork: An Introduction to Therapy with An Underserved Population – Ted Braude, MA

“BoysWork: An Introduction to Therapy with An Invisible Underserved Population” addresses why boys have been underserved, the how and why boys need therapy, offers a model that has been used successfully for almost 40 years and offers comments on the APA “Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men.”  

Your Style and Orientation: Exploring Intercultural Development and Communication Styles – Carrie Landrum, MA & Michaelene Ruhl, PsyD

Using Milton Bennett’s Intercultural Development Continuum this session will explore intercultural development orientations and how one can shift from a monocultural mindset to a more intercultural mindset. The majority of our global population operates from a minimization orientation which de-emphasizes difference.  How can we move beyond minimization? To answer that, this session will delve into Intercultural Conflict Styles, which are essentially an exploration of intercultural communication styles. Psychologists will benefit from exploring differing conflict and communication styles to ensure they’re not inadvertently, unconsciously imposing their own cultural norms on clients while minimizing cultural differences.

Building Competency: Considerations When Working with Arab Americans & Muslim Americans – Dima Swaidan, MS, Sarah Chehab, MA, Farah Zoabi, MA, & Joelle Frangie, MA

The following presentation aims to spread awareness and build competency when working with Arab Americans and Muslim Americans. Specifically, an overview of the historical and contemporary experiences, intersectionality of identities, and the social and contextual implications when working with these communities will be explored. Learning objectives of this presentation include attendee’s ability to differentiate between the Arab American and Muslim American communities, identify the multifaceted identities individuals within these communities may hold due to the intersectionality of their experiences, and gain knowledge in the considerations of working with these communities in therapeutic settings.   

Round 2 Sessions

Neurodiversity: From Deficit to Celebrated Difference – Rebecca Kapetansky, MA & Jody Sanchez, MA

In this presentation, the concept of neurodiversity will be explored. Both the term and the movement will be explained. Though the term encompasses many neurological disorders, this presentation will be focused on autism. The concept of autism will be discussed as a DSM-V diagnosis, as a culture, and as a type of neurodiversity. Some of the controversial aspects of neurodiversity with the autism population will also be considered. Ways in which these differences can be reconciled will be laid out. Lastly, implications for society, caregivers, and clinicians will be examined in a breakout session.  

Working with Trans Youth and Their Families – Nicole Law, PsyD

A recent study by the American Association of Pediatrics cited a 30-42% rate of attempted suicide in transgender and non-binary youth. Misinformation about risks in this population abound in social media, religious, and community circles. In this presentation we will look at the data on risk for these youth along with models of clinical care that show, not only risk reduction in suicidal/self-harm behaviors, but also an improvement in overall quality of life. We will explore how improving education and relationships within families and communities through a unique treatment model can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Counseling Jewish Americans in the Age of the Alt-Right – Evan MacAdams, MSW, Cassidy Slade, MA, & Adam Duberstein, MA

In the United States, anti-Semitic acts have gained momentum in recent years paralleling the growth of the Alt-Right movement (Anti-Defamation League, 2017). As psychologists, our commitment to multicultural competence and social justice calls on us to address such issues of oppression and attend to the ways the people we sit with may be impacted. Knowledge of the history of anti-Semitism is essential for understanding how sociopolitical dynamics can affect Jewish Americans and show up in the clinical setting. We hope to facilitate a deeper understanding of how anti-Semitism impacts Jewish Americans and what clinicians can do to affect change.   

Michigan’s Arab American Community: History, Culture, and Health – Matthew Stiffler, PhD & Sean McGraw, LLPC from Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)

This presentation will outline the history of Arab Americans, both nationally and in southeast Michigan, and address many common questions about Arab American culture, religion, and experiences. The presentation will also address issues in the community around mental health. Specifically, the presentation will be useful for social workers, health professionals, and others who work directly with the Arab American community. 

Round 3 Sessions

Exploring Cultural Competency with an Invisible Orientation: Asexuality – Jared Boot, BA

Because of the highly sexualized nature of American culture, asexual individuals are particularly at risk of being misunderstood when they self-identity to health professionals. It is not uncommon for asexual-identified people to feel invisible; quite often heteronormative culture is primed to be unaware of the existence of asexuality. Because asexual individuals can experience alienation and even be pathologized by well-intentioned health professionals, they face higher rates of anxiety and depression than the LGBTQIA community overall (Borgogna, McDermott, Aita, & Krindel 2018). This cultural competency session aims to reduce that risk by disseminating awareness and insight.

Department of Defense Cultural Competency – Kelly Frazee, MA & Chris Corbin, MA

The United States military consists of four branches, under the Department of Defense, upheld by over a million service members of both active and reserve designations.  Each consists of values and customs which service members are taught to defend and honor.  The information provided will impart a basic understanding of the military, as well as the lifestyle and customs of military personnel and veterans. Additionally, by further developing our own personal understands or the military culture and veteran population we will be better able to serve this small percentage of the populations as well informed and culturally sensitive clinicians.

How Do My Dark Flowers Fit into The Garden of Light? African American Girls and How They Experience Depression – Joycelynn Glover-Ellison, MA

This presentation will discuss how African American girls view themselves based on family norms, peer interactions, inner dialog, self-view, self-worth, and self-love. There are mothers who ascribe to the “Superwoman Syndrome.” They model this high stress lifestyle for their daughters with the expectation that their daughters will embrace the role of Junior Superwomen, but their daughters are ill-equipped to meet its standards. It is vital to understand how it is internalized, its effects, and how it creates the perfect storm for depression in African American girls. Understanding they experience depression within their body, and tailoring best practices to understand and support the cultural needs of this population is vital.

Individualized Development of Cultural Competence through Identity Exploration – Carrie Landrum, MA & Michaelene Ruhl, PsyD

The intersectionality of our identities can impact clients in a multitude of ways, some of which we may have ideas or understandings about, and some of which we do not.  The University of Michigan Program on Intergroup Relations offers a useful tool for exploring our identities, their intersections, and their potential impacts on clients.  In this session participants will complete an individualized Social Identity Profile and its reflection prompts first before further unpacking and reflecting upon findings with other participants.  The reflective process supports the development of cultural competence among participants in sometimes surprising ways.

Round 4 Sessions

Latina/o/x Psychology, Cultural Resilience, & Working with [email protected] in Therapy – Shannon Chávez-Korell, PhD

This presentation will focus on foundational information needed in providing culturally and clinically competent services to Latinx clients.  The multicultural competency objectives for this presentation include: (1) increasing cultural awareness of self and others; (2) increasing cultural knowledge specific to Latinx culture; and (3) developing culturally sensitive and relevant, clinical intervention strategies and skills.  Information regarding Latinx population demographics, terminology, and [email protected] cultural values will be presented, followed by application to a case vignette.

Toward a Better Understanding of the Needs and the Inclusion of Individuals with Invisible Disabilities in the United States – Aparajita Jeedigunta, PhD

This talk aims to shed more light on the field of invisible disabilities through the power of personal narratives and experiences, using the specific case of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). The following topics will be discussed: the history and development of TBI awareness and recognition, the challenges that TBI survivors face, the challenges that researchers might face with this segment of the population, and effective strategies that promote the inclusion of individuals with invisible disabilities.

Color, Perception, and Affect – Tammy McCrory, MA

Affect in clinical terms is defined as a person’s observable emotions as expressed through their tone, body language, and facial expressions. There are a number of scales used in the clinical setting to rate one’s observable emotions.The problem is that affect varies across cultures and is often subjective to the interpreter’s unconscious bias, perception of one’s own culture, and personal experiences. This presentation will explore assessing affect without pathologizing African Americans. We will discuss historical, current and new findings as it relates to affect. The presenter will share personal and professional experience with respect to the topic matter.  

Some Clinical Perspectives on Providing Mental Health Treatment to Gay, Lesbian, and Biattractional Youth – Amorie Robinson, PhD

Despite increased awareness, too many gay, lesbian, and biattractional youth remain at-risk. This workshop will provide an overview of basic cultural competencies that are needed in when working clinically with attractional minority adolescents. It will summarize considerations of intersectionality in clinical practice and how heteroattractional privilege can potentially silence and make invisible this population of clients and their families. Most importantly, the discussion will focus on psychological experiences, psychosocial stressors, and resiliencies associated with being an attractional minority in the U.S. Attendees will acquire a strength-based multicultural approach to discerning and applying culturally-loaded features in treatment and assessment.