Schedule of Events

1:30 – 1:50 PM   Welcome from President Dr. Fran Brown & General Announcements

2:00 – 2:55 PM   Round 1 – Concurrent Sessions

3:00 – 3:55 PM   Round 2 – Concurrent Sessions

4:00 – 4:55 PM   Round 3 – Concurrent Sessions

5:00 – 5:55 PM   Round 4 – Concurrent Sessions

6:00 – 7:30 PM   Keynote


Sessions designated with a * are approved by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) for 1 contact hour per session.

Round 1 Sessions

Identity Among Adolescent Arab-Americans in Dearborn, Michigan – Zeinab Sobh, EdD, LLP*

To understand Arab-American adolescents is to acknowledge and address their struggles as they mediate their sense of self. Arab-American adolescents in the United States face difficulties navigating between their native culture and the culture they are being raised in, as well as in their socially devalued status as Muslim Arabs. This presentation will look at the shaping of identity among Arab-Americans through Erik Erikson’s research findings on identity statuses as they navigate the developmental tasks of adolescents to solve the identity versus role-confusion crisis, to construct their own unique sense of identity, and to find the social environment in which they can belong and create meaningful relationships with other people. This presentation will also look at the literature on the effects of the perception of adolescent Arab-Americans about their cultural identification, as well as their own understanding of their role in society.

*This workshop is approved by MCBAP for 1 contact hour related to substance abuse.

The Disparity of Discipline – Angela Estrada, RBT, MT-BC, NMT

There is a clear inequity with regard to the way that students of color with disabilities are disciplined in public school systems across the country. These students are suspended and expelled at significantly higher rates than their white counterparts in general education, leaving them with minimal access to the education they are entitled to. This presentation serves to examine the reasons behind this disparity by analyzing the history of racism and ableism in the United States, and how this history has set the foundation for the continued marginalization of people of color and individuals with disabilities within public school systems.

The Other’s Side of Childhood: Marginality, Homelessness and Disability – Aastha Chaudhry, MA

In the construction of childhood as an ideology, both socio-culturally and developmentally, certain childhoods were left on the margins and forgotten there. In this presentation, we will talk about some representatives of the same: they, sometimes, become the carrier of filth, abjection, poverty, violence, trauma, orphanhood, homelessness, disability – the lacking other. As mental health professionals and social workers, we reimagine and revive this other on the outside from within the bounds of the global script of childhood. We will together arrive at how the search childhood can begin in the therapeutic alliance and how we may hold space for the selves that have been at the mercy of erasures. Whose story walks into the therapy room? Is the clinic not under the trees or in the backyard of a shelter-home? 

Round 2 Sessions

I’m Not Your Superwoman: A Look at Depression in Black Women – La-Toya Gaines, PsyD, LP

Would it surprise you to know that Black women are particularly vulnerable to depression due to the intersectionality of race and gender in addition to their socioeconomic status and institutional racism? Consider this, additional stressors that include the demands of home, work, and caretaking responsibilities for family members outside of the home also contribute to mental and emotional distress in Black women, further increasing their vulnerability to depression. Knowing this, why are Black women more likely to be misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed, or go without treatment for depression at all? This training will explore the frequently unnoticed signs of depression in Black women and help you learn how the “Strong Black Woman” title may be contributing to feelings of depression. 

Race in the Therapy Room: The Myth of Colorblindness – Carmen M. Bell, PsyD LPC, Ariel L. Magidson, MA, LLP, & Andrea L. Taylor, PsyD, LPC, DELLP*

What does it mean to be a therapist to someone from a race/ethnicity group that is different from our own? This presentation will investigate the unconscious perpetuation of the biases from clinicians and clients in cross-racial therapy settings, micro- and macro-aggressive language that promote negative therapeutic outcomes, the myth of color blindness as a bridge of multicultural awareness, and how these issues influence and could damage the therapeutic alliance. Additionally, with constructive conversation, we will address the amalgamation of Non-White races into “people of color” and its inclusion into the racial lexicon. This talk will explore how to be more intentional during cross-racial encounters to initiate a more effective and collaborative relationship and improve therapeutic outcomes.

*This workshop is approved by MCBAP for 1 contact hour related to substance abuse.

SEL with Intentionality: Applying Systems Thinking, Organizational Efficacy, and Cultural Competence in Building Responsive Learning Communities – George Chapp, MA, EdS, MAT*

Far too often, differences between students and staff in the education setting leads to diminished educational opportunity. SES, cultural biases, personal attitudes, and behaviors, as well as political, organizational and fiscal barriers deprive both educators and students of the opportunity to grow in a social and emotional way. So, what can be done to create more intentional, responsive learning communities? During this presentation, session participants will learn more about the CASEL model for social-emotional learning (SEL), engage in conversations regarding intentional learning design in communities that emphasize SEL, and hear first-hand accounts from local and state experts in education, who are working to make a difference—in classrooms, schools, districts, and the state legislative levels. Participants will come away with both a greater knowledge of what SEL is, as well as the tools and knowhow to best support learners and educators, in a clinical capacity.

*This workshop is approved by MCBAP for 1 contact hour related to substance abuse.

Round 3 Sessions

Latinx Psychology, Cultural Resilience, & Working with Latinx Clients in Therapy – Shannon Chavez-Korrell, PhD, LP*

This presentation will focus on foundational information needed in providing culturally and clinically competent mental health services to Latinx clients. The multicultural competency objectives for this presentation include: (1) increasing cultural awareness of Latinx clients, families, and communities; (2) increasing cultural knowledge specific to Latinx culture; and (3) developing culturally sensitive and relevant clinical interventions strategies and skills. Information regarding the Latinx population demographics, terminology, and Latinx cultural values will be presented, along with application to a case vignette.

*This workshop is approved by MCBAP for 1 contact hour related to substance abuse.

Cultural Competency and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): A Case Review of Providing ABA Services in an Islamic Community – Ruth Anan, PhD, BCBA-D & Hannah Riesser, BS, RBT*

As behavior analytic services become accessible to a wider population, it is important to consider how we adapt our practices to culturally diverse individuals. In this presentation, session participants will hear the perspective of both a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Behavior Technician on adapting ABA services to meet the needs of a young client with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis within an Islamic community. The session will conclude by inviting attendees to participate in conversation to identify common barriers to culturally competent services provided by behavior analysts.

*This workshop is approved by MCBAP for 1 contact hour related to substance abuse.

Setting Boundaries with Clients as BIPOC – Aviona Gaines, MA, LMFTA, LMHCA

BIPOC mental health workers have a lot of challenges that are not taught in our programs. For this session, we will be discussing the challenge of working as a BIPOC mental health worker and setting boundaries. It is an important tool to have when working with clients who are using microaggressions, or supervisors that only give you certain clients. This session is for the BIPOC mental health workers who want some guidance on how to set boundaries for themselves to be comfortable with their clients.

Round 4 Sessions

LGBT+ Youth in Juvenile Justice Systems: How Clinical Psychologists Can Make a Difference for Clientele and Their Families – Ami Robinson, PhD, LP*

Mental health clinicians have grown increasingly attentive to juvenile justice as an area worthy of quality service provision. This presentation aims to help generate more awareness of the mental health connection to juvenile justice systems, focusing particularly with adjudicated youth who are LGBT+. Acquiring culturally appropriate clinical practices to serving LGBT+ youth emphasizes and affirms the resiliencies and strengths often needed to address interpersonal, social, and systemic stressors. Insights on the intersectionally rich context of identities of LGBT+ children/adolescents of color will be highlighted. Topics will cover terminology, risk and protective factors, interventions, resources, and recommendations for mental health providers.

*This workshop is approved by MCBAP for 1 contact hour related to substance abuse.

Extracting Western Individualism from the Standard Approach, to Provide Inclusive Applied Behavior Analysis for Clients Presenting with Diverse Identities – Mya Ndiaye, MA, BCBA*

Applied Behavior Analysis is a therapeutic approach whose origin is rooted within a Western landscape. As the discipline has expanded over the years, particularly as a standard of care for treating children on the Autism spectrum, it has not always evolved enough to effectively accommodate the diverse identities that exist outside of the individualistic Western tradition.This presentation will make the case for the value of incorporating culture independent considerations into multiple modalities of ABA. For individuals and families who resonate with collectivist perspectives more commonplace in communitarian cultures, it will suggest that this amplified model will improve the rate of successful outcomes.

*This workshop is approved by MCBAP for 1 contact hour related to substance abuse.

Working with QTPOC – Caroline Callaway M.A., TLLP, MT-BC

Do you work with queer clients? Do you work with Black clients? Do you have questions or concerns about working with Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC)? Knowing how to best support our clients’ identities is vital in an age where identity and connection to identity is part of an increasingly salient dialogue on how to provide effective and ethical care. In this presentation, Caroline Callaway M.A., TLLP, MT-BC, will discuss their experience working with QTPOC as a QTPOC, current best practices in providing therapy for QTPOC, and leave space for dialogue and questions related to working with QTPOC. All are welcome. 

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