CCC Schedule

1:00 – 1:30 PM   Check In

1:30 – 2:55 PM   Implicit Bias Training (1.25 CEs)

3:05 – 4:45 PM   Round 1 – Concurrent Sessions

4:55 – 6:35 PM   Round 2 – Concurrent Sessions

6:35 – 7:00 PM   Dinner

7:00 – 7:50 PM   Keynote

7:50 – 8:00 PM   Wrap Up

Implicit Bias Training (1.25 CEs)

Derrick Sebree, PsyD & Johanna Buzolits, PhD (Michigan School of Psychology)

Implicit bias takes many forms and shows up in the various ways we interact and perceive people and situations. In the therapy room, implicit bias impacts our capacity and ability to engage clients and provide best practices in care. Clinical psychologists are in a unique position to provide insight into this bias through education on the historical and societal contexts that have manifested as implicit bias. The presentation will address the ways implicit bias manifests in psychotherapy, followed by exploring strategies for building awareness, reflecting on biases, and how to come to see the whole person. This will involve discussing humanistic tenets of nonjudgmental attitude, positive regard, and being able to hold contradicting views in dialogue. The presentation will present scenarios where implicit bias is observed, followed by having participants break into groups and discuss scenarios involving implicit bias. Participants will then be invited to engage in a Q&A discussion regarding their reflections on their own biases.

* This session is approved by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) for 1.25 contact hours related to substance abuse.

Session will be recorded. However, CEs are only available for live online or in-person attendance of this session. 

Round 1 Sessions

Towards a Culturally Appropriate Measure of Stress Assessment for South Asian Immigrants – Vardha Kharbanda, MA (Illinois Institute of Technology)

Cultural and psychological stress markers were found to comprise a unique relationship for immigrants. The present research lecture is a brief review to identify the need of establishing a culturally relevant assessment tool to measure South Asian immigrant stress. Such scales are pivotal for helping professionals to understand this population and adopt a trauma-informed approach to foster a positive mental and physical health experience for this community. Despite enough evidence indicating the distinctive needs of this community, no existing assessment tool is able to capture them holistically. This paper strives to start a conversation about developing culturally responsive assessment tools. Session will be recorded.

EmBody Liberation: Breaking Down Anti-Fat Bias – Caroline Callaway, MA & Diana Jasser, MA (Michigan School of Psychology)

Anti-fat bias is pervasive and increasing in many spaces, and the field of psychology is not immune. The aim of this interactive workshop is to unpack anti-fat bias, examine its deleterious impacts, and explore ways to deconstruct it within ourselves, the therapeutic space, and society at large. Attendees are encouraged to share how anti-fat bias shows up personally and professionally and how it intersects with other forms of oppression. Whether you have no knowledge of anti-fat bias or consider yourself an expert, join us on this imperative journey toward body liberation. We will conclude with resource offerings for continued education and reflection.  Session will be recorded.

Cultural Responsibility and the Impact on Mental Healthcare Providers with Marginalized Identities – Johanna Buzolits, PhD, Vincent Mangiapane, MA, Jeffrey Binder, MA, Courtney Cabell, MA, Mary Pendleton, MA, Olga Blum, MA, Jasmine Perin, MA, Qandeel Minal, MA, Derek DeVee, MA, Arielle Self, & Charles Shamey (Michigan School of Psychology)

There has been limited research exploring how a sense of responsibility to one’s cultural group or identity impacts mental health care providers (MHP) who identify as part of a marginalized community. This presentation will share our current conceptualization of cultural responsibility (CR) and explore clinicians’ lived experiences for a deeper understanding of the construct of CR. Sub-themes for discussion will include the perceived importance of cultural responsibilities, the role of mental health advocacy, the experience of self-sacrifice as well as a sense of connection and fulfillment from working with one’s communities, and organizational expectations and barriers. Session will not be recorded.

Working with Disabled Children and Their Families: A Disability Culture Perspective – Jessica McCarrick, BS & Megan Carlos, PhD (California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University)

Recent census data suggests that there are 3 million disabled children living in the United States. As the number of children with disabilities is growing (Young, 2021) psychotherapists need to determine how to best meet the mental health needs of these individuals. Little information exists within the field of clinical psychology that provides guidance about working with disabled children from a disability culture perspective. This presentation will utilize literature from disability studies and developmental theory to demonstrate how psychotherapists can support disabled children by conceptualizing disability as a social construction to foster emotional health and utilizing disability affirmative practices. Session will be recorded.

Round 2 Sessions

Black Americans and Racial Trauma: Effects & Interventions – Courtney Cabell, MA (Michigan School of Psychology)

The culturally specific experiences of racism have placed Black Americans in the United States at grave risk of experiencing racial trauma. Across America, Blacks continuously encounter racial biases, experience oppression, and witness brutality against Black Americans. These elements, rooted in White Supremacy and its manifestations of systemic racism, expose Blacks to countless race-based incidents and consequences of racial trauma. This presentation explores the construct of racial trauma from the Black American lens. Through didactic, experiential, and discussion-based interactions, participants will gain insight into the role of racial trauma, trauma-informed care, and intervention strategies for Black Americans. Session will be recorded.

Response Crises Generated After the Beirut Explosion – Ray Kaidbay, MSc (Michigan School of Psychology)

Lebanon has been exposed to unexpected recurrent traumatic events for several decades including war, occupation, bombings, and the 2020 Beirut explosion. This series of traumatic events has caused a complex collective trauma and high risk for PTSD among Lebanese who have been living in instability and ceaseless conflict. As professionals in the field, it is important to understand and destigmatize the taboo that surrounds mental health to reach groups in the Arab American community. This presentation will discuss how individualistic versus cultural/collective societies handle incidents differently and how psychologists implement their services in a different context. Session will be recorded.

Working with Children and Adolescents from Minoritized and Underserved Communities – Tara Pope, MA, TLLP, Erica Medina, MA, LLPC, DTLLP, & Kari Eidnes, MA (Michigan School of Psychology)

This presentation will focus on the topic of working with children and adolescents from minoritized and underserved communities. The presentation will acknowledge various cultural factors specific to this population including discrimination, acculturation, potential parental engagement differences, and how these factors contribute to how we as clinicians ensure culturally competent practice with this population. Psychoeducation from a systemic and humanistic perspective will be provided throughout this presentation along with case examples demonstrating how to implement these cultural competency areas into working with children and adolescents from minoritized and underserved communities. Session will be recorded.

“White Moves” – Lisa Wolf, PsyD & Johanna Buzolits, PhD (Michigan School of Psychology)

“White moves” is an experiential exploration of the ways White Supremacy manifests for individuals who identify as white. Participants will be invited to explore and discuss whiteness as a privileged identity, what it means to be white, how privilege and oppression are socialized, and the unconscious and conscious behaviors enacted by white bodies that perpetuate harm.  The intention of this workshop is to raise awareness of the impact of White Supremacy, to begin to build community among individuals who identify as white , and to invite participants to engage in the work of repair to heal the impact of “othering.”  Session may be recorded.


Unsettling the Cultural Competency Mindset – Gina Belton, PhD (Saybrook University)

Session will be recorded.

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