March 18-19, 2021

Location: Online Via Zoom held live  

Workshop Schedule

3/18/21: 9:00 am - 12:20 pm From Birth to Trauma: Where African American Development, Trauma and Psychology Intersect

3/18/21: 1:00 pm - 4:20 pm From Trauma to Treatment: Building Relationships with African Americans in Therapy

3/19/21: 9:00 am - 12:20 pm Clinical Supervision in the Context of COVID-19

3/19/21: 1:00 pm - 4:20 pm A Clear View of the Ethical Issues of Racism in our Work as Psychologists


Thursday's Workshops

 From Birth to Trauma: Where African American Development, Trauma and Psychology Intersect

3/18/21: 9:00 am - 12:20 pm

 This workshop meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Cultural Diversity

Linda McGhee, Ph.D. and Kenneth Hardy, Ph.D.

 Workshop Instructional Level: All Levels

 In this webinar, we will address the formation of racial trauma in African Americans.  The webinar will trace the path from black socialization around issues of race and how this often culminates in oppression and trauma.  The impact of such trauma is far-reaching and impacts most aspects of life for African Americans, including mental health.  We will then look at how the field of psychology has incorporated race, often in a way that either ignored race, over-pathologized blacks, or otherwise played into existing stereotypes.  We will then turn to race in the treatment room and lay the foundation for the afternoon’s case study and focus on race and the therapeutic relationship. 

 At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to 

  • outline the developmental formation of racial trauma from race socialization and awareness to oppression and trauma.
  • identify racial trauma and the impact on the psyche and functioning of African Americans.
  • identify how the field of psychology often reflected the same biases demonstrated in other parts of society and how this is evolving, including recent APA pronouncements on race, and efforts to better understand racial trauma.


From Trauma to Treatment: Building Relationships with African Americans in Therapy

 3/18/2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:20 PM

This workshop meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Cultural Diversity.

Dana Crawford, Ph.D.  and Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, LICSW, PMH-C, RPT-S

 Workshop Instructional Level: Intermediate

In the mental health field, traditional methods for working with clients can propagate further oppression and marginalization for children and families. The higher the ACE score, the higher the risk factor. An anti-oppressive and anti-racist shift in the helping relationship requires introspection and a willingness to challenge implicit biases and value systems. This shift is vital as most mental health providers are members of the dominant group while serving clients from racial and ethnic minorities. This session will explore how a framework of cultural humility can help service providers and organizations to provide competent client care.

Everyone has (a) biases related to their culturally held assumptions and values; (b) attitudes related to cultural identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, etc.,); and (c) worldviews, which include their political, health, religious, financial, and moral values. The reactions individuals have when bias, prejudice and racism are activated manifests internally through thoughts, feelings, and/or externally through various behaviors; therefore, unprocessed, and poorly managed bias, prejudice and racism reactions can be detrimental to clients/customers as well as individual functioning. 

 The CBRT workshop takes participants on a journey of self-reflection and improvement of practice by focusing on the origins, triggers, manifestations, impact, and reduction of their own prejudice, biases, and racism.  The presenter will create a safe space for discussion and participants will be able to reflect on their own personal and professional journey, through a series of experiential exercises conducted via self-reflection prompts, breakout rooms, and large group discussions.  The goal of this training is for participants to have more awareness of their biases and concrete skills to reduce the impact of their biases.  The skill building portion training focuses on LET UP, a systematic approach to responding to bias.  LET UP is acronym for listen, empathize, talk, understand, and psychoeducate.  This training helps participants move from being reactive to the manifestations of bias, prejudice and racism, to being mindful and strategic in responding.  Finally, participants will have the opportunity to use the LET-UP approach for a cultural do-over (saying what they wish they would have said) after cultural ruptures. 

At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to 

  • Identify 3 clinical skills in engaging African American families into the child’s trauma treatment.
  • Prepare to integrate a critically reflective framework to address ACES in trauma treatment.
  • Apply the principles of cultural humility to address implicit biases.
  • Apply the LET UP approach to reduce the impact of their implicit biases


Friday's Workshops

 Clinical Supervision in the Context of COVID-19

 3/19/21: 9:00 am - 12:20 pm

This workshop meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Supervision

Tiffany O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D and Sepideh (Sam) Soheilian, Ph.D.

 Workshop Instructional Level: Intermediate 

 With the implementation of shelter-in-place restrictions across the nation in early 2020 (Taylor, 2020), many psychologists quickly transitioned from an entirely in-person practice to practicing fully online (Hames et al., 2020). Simultaneously, supervisors, many with limited prior exposure to or training on distance supervision strategies needed to provide services to trainees online.

This workshop will share best practices in telesupervision from the growing body of theoretical and empirical scholarship on telesupervision (Hames et al., 2020; Wood et al., 2005) along with the results of our own mixed-methods study exploring how COVID-19 impacted clinical training and supervision from the perspectives of both supervisors and trainees. Strategies for enhancing the supervisory working alliance when working virtually with diverse supervisees will be emphasized.

  At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to  

  • Describe empirical research on telesupervision;
  • List two strategies to enhance the supervisory working alliance;
  • Describe how to broach cultural differences in telesupervision.




A Clear View of the Ethical Issues of Racism in our Work as Psychologists

 3/18/2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:20 PM

 This workshop meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Laws/Ethics or Risk Management

Presented by members of the MPA Ethics Committee:  

 Workshop Instructional Level: All levels.

 The members of the MPA Ethics Committee will present a workshop focusing on applying ethical principles and APA guidelines to situations relevant to the practicing psychologist. The Committee members will present an ethical decision-making model and demonstrate its application in a vignette presented to the total group. The attendees will break into small groups led by committee members that will examine vignettes portraying situations similar to inquiries received by the Committee but with details changed to protect confidentiality. The small groups will focus on utilizing ethical principles and decision-making to address and anticipate potential dilemmas and conflicts. The content of the vignettes will include ethical dilemmas in providing services to diverse populations, transitioning between practices/termination, risky adolescent behavior, and privacy/confidentiality.  

 At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to 

  •  Apply general ethical principles such as informed consent, documentation, record keeping, conflict of interest, termination, supervision, confidentiality, service delivery through organizations, and multiple roles;
  • Demonstrate the CLEAR lens model;
  • Apply ethical reasoning to situations frequently encountered in a psychologist’s professional life;
  • Appreciate the overlap and integration of ethical, legal, clinical, and moral practice issues in risk management;
  • Discuss when to consult with other psychologists, lawyers, state psychology ethics committees, state licensure boards, and liability insurance carriers, regarding ethical quandaries. 

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