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Essential Requirements Conference: Diversity, Ethics and Supervision

March 26, 2018

Location: DoubleTree in Pikesville (Directions)

Onsite registration will open at 8am

Networking Breakfast: 8:00 am - 8:50 am
This informal event provides an inviting way to get to know colleagues in our ethnically and culturally diverse community of Maryland psychologists. It is also designed to enhance communication among psychologists who have an interest in collegial support and the treatment of underserved populations. Sponsored by MPA's Diversity Committee. All are welcome. (details below)

Morning Workshops: 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Choose one of the three (3 CE) workshops for the morning session.

Lunch: 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
You have the option of ordering a box lunch at the hotel or enjoy lunch on your own.

Afternoon Workshops: 1:30 pm - 4:45 pm


There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for these programs or their presenters.

Networking Breakfast

The Maryland Psychological Association and its Diversity Committee is once again delighted to announce a unique pre-conference breakfast networking opportunity for conference attendees, colleagues, and graduate students. Held in conjunction with the Multicultural & Ethics Day, this informal event provides an inviting way to get to know colleagues in our ethnically and culturally diverse community of Maryland psychologists. It is also designed to enhance communication among psychologists who have an interest in collegial support and the treatment of underserved populations. A unique opportunity to participate in an initiative to enhance communication among Maryland psychologists on issues of diversity beyond the conference will be shared. With support from MPA friends interested in providing networking opportunities such as this, MPA is proud to continue this new tradition that began in 2011 at a Banneker Center event honoring the role of several African American psychologists in Maryland. We hope that you find your participation at this breakfast a rewarding enhancement to your multicultural professional education experience.

Morning Workshops

AM1 - Enhancing the Therapeutic Relationship with African American Clients

This workshop meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Cultural Diversity

Kimberly Campbell, Ph.D.

Workshop Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate. This workshop is ideal for individuals who have had little exposure and/or training related to cultural diversity.

This session is designed to give participants an overview of the historical context in which African American clients enter therapeutic counseling relationships, as well as the cultural values and belief system that inform their interactions with therapists. The session will introduce a paradigm for intervention, discuss techniques for providing culturally informed mental health intervention, and invite participants to explore how racial privilege impacts the delivery of therapeutic serves to African American clients. Through experiential exercises and discussion, participants will gain a greater appreciation for the inherent complexities that exist for African American clients and how therapists and human services environments can positively impact the experience that African American clients have when they seek mental health intervention.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Identify the necessary components of culturally informed delivery of services;
  • Recognize factors that contribute to enhanced therapeutic relationships with African American clients;
  • Analyze possible biases that result from racial privilege;
  • Explore how helping environments can be more culturally friendly to African American clients;
  • Gain historical insights into why negative perceptions of mental health systems are held by some African Americans;
  • Gain knowledge about the inherent complexities that are present for African Americans;
  • Apply knowledge of resilience factors for African American clients to clinical work.

Kimberly Y. Campbell, Ph.D. is licensed in Maryland and in the District of Columbia as a clinical psychologist. She has experience with a culturally and economically diverse population of clients as she was employed by the public mental health system in the District of Columbia for eight years and has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. Dr. Campbell is presently a psychologist at the University of Maryland (College Park) Counseling Center. Dr. Campbell has been an adjunct faculty member at the undergraduate and graduate levels for several universities in the metropolitan area where she has served as a lecturer and supervisor of graduate students in clinical psychology programs. Dr. Campbell received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Howard University. She is a long time member of MPA and currently serves on the Board as the Representative-At-Large.

AM2 - "It's what we don't know that scares me!" Experience of marginalization among LGBGTQ* Families of Color

This workshop meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Cultural Diversity

Harriette E. Wimms, Ph.D., H.S.P.

Workshop Instructional Level: Intermediate: Familiarity with cultural diversity factors related to the LGBTQIA* community

This workshop will explore the modest research about risk and resilience factors for LGBTQ* families of color. We will review definitions of family and identity among LGBTQ families of color and consider mental health concerns related to intersectionality among this population. The session includes an exploration of marginalization and psychosocial interventions best suited the promotion of resilience and social-emotional wellness within this population. Strategies for increasing awareness of intersectionality, being a cooperative advocate, and fostering safe and affirming spaces will also be explored. The session includes small group discussions, experiential exercises, and skill building activities to enlighten clinicians and help them foster positive outcomes for LGBTQ* families of color.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Become familiar with the existing empirical literature on LGBTQ* families of color and utilize this literature in clinical practice;
  • Explore risk and resilience factors within this population;
  • Gain an understanding of the lived experiences of LGBTQ* families of color, the intersectionality of their experiences, and the impact of marginalization on family outcomes-as these relate to mental health;
  • Participate in and learn from experiential skill-building activities designed to enlighten clinicians and inform their clinical work with LGBTQ* families of color.

Harriette E. Wimms, Ph.D., H.S.P., is licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in providing compassion-infused assessments and therapies to children and families across the age span. Dedicated to providing affirming and culturally-responsive care, Dr. Wimms holds a PhD in Human Services Psychology and is a certified Human Services Psychologist with specialization in child clinical, pediatric, and community/social psychology. Dr. Wimms specializes in child and family mental health program development, professional training, clinical supervision, and parent education. She has served as the founder and director of child, adolescent, and family therapy programs within outpatient mental health, federally qualified health center, inpatient pediatric hospital, and school settings. She is currently the clinical director at The Resource Group Counseling and Education Center in Towson. She is also the founder and director of The Village Family Support Center of Baltimore. Most importantly, Harriette is honored to be the proud and lucky mother of her 'tween-aged gender diverse, biracial child.

AM3 - Clinical Supervision: Creating Authentic, Culturally Competent Clinicians

This workshop meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Supervision or for Cultural Diversity.

Kimberly M. Ewing, Ph.D. and Bridget A. Rivera, Psy.D

Workshop Instructional Level: Intermediate- Attendees should already have exposure to multicultural competencies literature and have already completed coursework on multiculural compentencies.

Peters (2017) takes on the task of integrating the body of thought and knowledge showing us that all clinical supervision is inherently a "multiculturally complex" enterprise, and that competent, ethical clinical supervision must always be intentionally incorporating the cultural realities of the supervisor, supervisee and client in all aspects of the supervision. This article echoes the scholarship provided by Comas-Díaz (2012) which deemed that every encounter is multicultural, and Chopra (2013) that argued that all supervision is multicultural. This workshop will use the concepts and awareness exercises we've developed entitled Authentic Cultural Competence to help participants explore their dimensions of cultural identities, and how the meaning and expression of those intersecting identities impact and are impacted by the concepts of world view, sociopolitical (sociocultural?) privilege, power, and social location. Participants will then explore what their awareness about their dimensions of cultural identities mean for supervision. Models to guide this processing will be drawn from Peters (2017) Sample Action Plan, Ancis and Ladany's (2010) Heuristic Model of Nonoppressive Interpersonal Development, and Falender, Shafranske, and Falicov's (2014) Multidimensional Ecological Comparative Approach. Finally, participants will be given tools to use to enhance competence in supervision.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Utilize introspection and discussion to analyze one's degree of cultural awareness and how this may impact the quality of supervision;
  • Discuss how the concepts of social location, position power, socio-cultural privilege, and world view impact dynamics in the supervisor/supervisee and therapist/client relationship;
  • Summarize one model of culturally-informed supervision;
  • Use three tools for assessing and improving one's cultural competence in supervision.

Kimberly M. Ewing, Ph.D., received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University's Counseling Psychology Program in 1990, then about 25 years on staff in university counseling centers. She served as Training Director and clinical supervisor for Loyola University Maryland's Externship and Postdoctoral Programs. Dr. Ewing continues to do consulting, coordinating, and training for cultural awareness projects across various departments at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Ewing owns InVision Counseling Services, LLC, a private practice in Baltimore.

Bridget Rivera, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Master Addiction Credential (MAC). Dr. Rivera and Dr. Ewing started Authentic Cultural Competence Consultation and Training in 2013 after co-facilitating diversity awareness seminars for almost 15 years. She has over 15 years of clinical experience, which includes community mental health, inpatient work and college counseling, where she served as the Assistant Director for Training. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Loyola Clinical Centers where she enjoys supervising students. She co-owns Renewal Counseling Center, a group private practice with locations in Baltimore and Harford County. Her research interests are in the field of psychological assessment and diversity training. She was awarded the Martin Mayman award from the Society for Personality Assessment in 2010 for distinguished contribution to the literature.


Afternoon Workshops

PM4 - Managing Risk While Practicing Ethically in a Risky World

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

Workshop Instructional Level: All levels.

Presented by members of the MPA Ethics Committee: Richard Bloch, Esq.; Michael Heitt, Psy.D. John Lefkowits, Ph.D., Ellen Lent, Ph.D., Jacob B. Roth, Ph.D., Cindy Ward Sandler, Ph.D., Beth S. Warner, Ph.D. (presenter bios)

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 families in the middle of a high conflict divorce, termination, teletherapy, and privacy/confidentiality.

This workshop is designed to help you:
  • Become familiar with the practical application of general ethical principles such as informed consent, documentation, record keeping, conflict of interest, termination, supervision, confidentiality, service delivery through organizations, and multiple roles;
  • 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.


Registration Fees

MPA Members

$85/one workshop OR
$165 all day

Non-MPA Members

$135/one workshop OR
$250 all day

Box lunches are NOT included in all day registration.

Box lunch (Optional)


For information for group rates for organizations, please contact the MPA office.