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Ethics in Black and White: A Multicultural Perspective

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

Friday, September 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

Ethics in Black and White: A Multicultural Perspective

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This course meets state licensure requirements for continuing education in law and ethics.



Workshop hours will be from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (no lunch break included). Check-in will begin at 8:30am


Course description


This law and ethics workshop for clinicians provides four continuing education units (4 CEUs) and will address the mandate for multicultural responsiveness, personal cultural awareness, cultural empathy and related legal and ethical implications. Literature updates, APA Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion on standard of care will be included in all areas of discussion. This course overviews the current research findings and practice knowledge that informs the practice of ethical, legal and culturally responsive clinical work. Emphasis will be placed upon prevention of ethical violations and techniques to increase cultural self-awareness.


This workshop is co-facilitated by Pamela Harmell, Ph.D. (Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology) and Claudia Shields, Ph.D. (Chicago School of Professional Psychology).


Course Outline


8:30 Check in


9:00 – 10:00

Introduction to APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct (review standards relevant to culture, cultural empathy, practice vignette)


Introduction to cultural sensitivity (APA guideline regarding multiculturalism, assumptions about client, assumptions about therapist)


10:00 – 11:00

Therapist self-awareness and counter-transference (ethics codes relevant to self-awareness, standards relevant to counter-transference, therapist self-disclosures regarding personal cultural issues)

Understanding and dealing with therapist’s own feelings and biases (practice vignettes, tools and skills for the therapist, protecting the therapeutic relationship)


11:00 – 12:00

Specific areas of cultural sensitivity and competence (sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS, religion, race)

Cultural pursuit questionnaire and discussion

Cultural formulation and diagnosing patients (DSM outline and format, applicable ethical standards, improper diagnosis, beyond the DSM and labels)


12:00 – 1:00

Adapting cultural sensitivity to your current setting (what can be done in the future, resources available for clinicians, questions and answers)


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply elements of APA guidelines and ethics codes to multiculturalism
  • Assess the influence of one’s own cultural biases on the clinical relationship
  • Demonstrate understanding of personal cultural issues
  • Create future plan for increasing awareness of cultural sensitivity
  • Assess the impact of general and personal assumptions about clients and their culture
  • Identify when and how to appropriately use self-disclosure in the clinical relationship
  • Assess specific areas of cultural awareness such as race, LGBTQ, religion, HIV/AIDS


About the presenters

Pamela Harmell, Ph.D. is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. She is a Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Dr. Harmell is former Chair of the California State Ethics Committee, is the current Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association and is Past President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. 

Claudia Shields, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a former Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Antioch University Los Angeles and has taught graduate courses in multicultural clinical psychology for 17 years. Dr. Shields was appointed by a city council to serve on the City of Azusa’s Human Relations Commission (formerly the Anti-Hate Crimes Task Force) after serving as a Commissioner for three years, she continues to work alongside the Azusa Police Department in hate crime prevention using interventions based in multicultural community psychology. 



Continuing Education


Meets requirements for 4 hours of CEUs MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCS, and Psychologist’s CEUs


This workshop meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEPs), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families; Provider 2522).


Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Accessibility Requests

If you require assistance due to disability or other special needs, please let us know in advance so that reasonable accommodations may be made.



Have questions about Ethics in Black and White: A Multicultural Perspective? Contact Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

When & Where

975 Flynn Rd
Camarillo, 93012

Friday, September 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is one of the largest providers of mental health services for children and families on California’s central coast. We serve over 430 families daily, many of whom have faced abuse and neglect, severe emotional disturbances, mental health challenges, multiple out-of-home placements, and a variety of other challenges.

Our campus and community services include: Emergency Shelter, Residential Treatment, Non-Public School, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Health Services Clinic, Therapeutic Behavioral Services/Intensive Behavioral Services, Wraparound, and Emergency Crisis Response.

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