May 6 

1:50 – 2:00 PM   Welcome from President Dr. Fran Brown & General Announcements

2:00 – 3:00 PM  Keynote

3:15 – 4:05 PM  Round 1 – Concurrent Sessions

4:20 – 5:10 PM   Round 2 – Concurrent Sessions

5:25 – 6:15 PM   Round 3 – Concurrent Sessions

6:16 – 6:30 PM   Wrap Up


What is Cultural Competency and why is it important?  – Kimberly Martin, PhD

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Round 1 Sessions

Building Competency: Considerations for Working with Children in Foster Care – Courtney Cabell, MA, TLLP & Savannah Yount, MA, DLLP

Oftentimes those who can’t speak for themselves are those who need to be heard the most. In Michigan, there are currently almost 13,000 culturally diverse children in foster care. These marginalized children are repeatedly disregarded and met with unfavorable outcomes due to lack of resources and misinformation. This presentation aims to build cultural competency and provide key considerations for working with foster children. Participants will gain an understanding of culturally adaptive interventions for working with children in foster care and learn how those resources can be utilized to repair or restore some of the damage done from their experienced neglect/abuse.

Body Talk: Deconstructing Anti-Fat Bias – Caroline Callaway, MA, TLLP, MT-BC & Diana Jasser, MA, TLLP

Within and beyond the field of psychology, anti-fat bias remains one of the final frontiers left unscrutinized by those committed to social justice. In this open dialogue, we will discuss how anti-fat bias shows up in our personal and professional lives and ways to confront it. Participants are encouraged to share about their relationships with their own bodies, internalized beliefs about body size, and experiences of anti-fat bias. Resources that foster deeper engagement with these topics will be shared. As members of a profession dedicated to serving all, we must ensure that people’s bodies are safe in our therapy spaces.

Round 2 Sessions

“Are You Down for the Liberation of Black People?”: Conceptualizing the Racio-Political Identity Development of Black Student Activists – Kenneth Russell, MDiv

This presentation explores the interplay between the racial identity development and the sociopolitical development of Black student activists. After a brief overview of the history of Black student activism and a synthesize of relevant literature, I introduce my racio-political identity development (RaPID) theory—a developmental model explaining the racial and political development of Black student activists—which draws from the racial/cultural identity development theory as conceptualized by Sue et al. (2019) and the sociopolitical development theory as articulated by Watts et al. (1999, 2003). I conclude with practical suggestions for professionals who work with Black student activists.

The Pandemic and Anti-Asian Violence: How Cultural Competency Can Help Heal Past & Current Trauma – Ron Aramaki, MS, LLP

The attacks against Asian Americans during the pandemic have exposed them to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and a disruption in daily life. Anti-Asian violence is connected to systemic racism, exclusion, and scapegoating. This history has led to past and current trauma. Because of this, Asian Americans need access to mental health resources more than ever. But many Asian Americans experience barriers in accessing help. Cultural competency can help students and therapists understand how history, culture, and stereotypes can be barriers to treatment, and offer clinical insight when working with the fastest growing minority in the U.S.

Round 3 Sessions

Latinx Psychology, Cultural Resilience, & Working with Latinx Clients in Therapy – Shannon Chavez-Korell, 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.

Highlights on Substance Use Disorder Treatment for the LGBTQ+ Population – Amorie Robinson, PhD, LP

This presentation will highlight foundations for working clinically with lesbian, gay, biattractional, and transgender clients with substance use disorders. Information and strategies likely to improve treatment outcomes will be explored. Based on the current literature, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), minority stress factors are to be considered when assessing and treating substance use disorders. Participants will learn a set of guidelines to use during a biopsychosocial assessment as well as clinical treatment strategies for working with LGBT clients.

Confessions of Two Clinicians: Protestant Christianity and Clinical Practice – David Humphries, MA, MS & Kari Eidnes, MA

Spirituality can be an important aspect to wholeness, self-actualization, and making life worth living. This is further seen in how spirituality is considered a transcendent and fluid element to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Religion and faith, within spirituality, touch on the identity of a person, shaping their perspective and understanding of the world. So, does faith have a place in psychological practice? How might faith and psychology coexist or even be integrated? Do faith and psychology assume fundamentally different epistemologies?

We seek to explain some aspects of the cultural topography of Protestant Christianity and explore our own experiences within the domain. The presentation is far from exhaustive, but should help orient therapists with basic aspects of Protestant culture that may be encountered in the clinical setting. Different models of faith and psychological practice will be addressed, concluding with a time for audience questions, discussion and engagement.

May 7

Working with Gender Minorities: Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Non-Binary Clients in Treatment – River Farrell, PsyD
(2 CEs)

9 AM – 1 PM Trans Work for Beginners

2 PM – 4 PM Writing the Letter

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