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Social & Cultural Diversity Ethics: Justice for All?

Dr. Sonja Sutherland, LPC, DCC, NCC, ACS

Social & Cultural Diversity Ethics: Justice for All?
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How should counselors respond when confronted with ethical dilemmas in the field? How are the ethical codes best used for guiding and informing decisions? When separate culturally diverse groups' attempts to protect their rights, results in a conflict of interest (i.e. for the rights of one group to be upheld, the rights of the second group must be compromised), how should counselors address the subsequent ethical questions regarding one form of diversity taking priority/supremacy over another form of diversity? How can spiritual/religious diversity and sexual diversity co-exist and be treated respectfully (even when not always in agreement)? How can counselors determine answers to questions surrounding beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice in our interactions with all individuals regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and gender? Some of the biggest issues facing counselors surround ethical practice. Knowing the codes is not enough. Many times we are put in such complex positions with clients that decision-making can provoke varying levels of anxiety. A highly interactive group format and thought-provoking case vignettes will challenge counselors to think through diversity-related ethical dilemmas that are occurring in the field today. Related sections of the 2014 ACA Codes of Ethics will be incorporated.

This workshop is approved by LPCAGA for 6 Core Hours and 6 Ethics Hours




8:30 am – 9:00 am

  • Participant Sign in
  • Continental breakfast served

1.5 hrs

9 am – 10:30 am

  • Defining cultural diversity and promoting of cultural self-and-other awareness
  • Respecting diversity despite value differences


10:30 am – 10:45 am


1.5 hrs

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

  • Providing services to diverse others
  • Ethical considerations for working with culturally diverse clients (race, religion, sexual orientation and gender)


12:15 pm – 1:15 pm


1.5 hrs

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

  • case vignettes based on current diversity related conflicts towards assessing and clarifying how various combinations of factors can arise creating complex ethical situations 


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm


1.5 hrs

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Practice use of the ACA Codes of Ethics, along with an evidence-based decision-making model towards demonstrating beneficent and justice-driven applications of ethical guidelines in counseling.



6.0 hrs


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Richmont Graduate University
1900 The Exchange Southeast
Building 100
Atlanta, GA 30339


Dr. Sonja Sutherland, LPC, DCC, NCC, ACS


Dr. Sutherland is an Assistant Professor of Counseling for the School of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University. She also serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness for the University.

Dr. Sutherland is the Executive Director of the Legacy Changers Counseling Centers, and host of the Dr. Sonja Sutherland Show, which provides relationship support for families and combats stigma surrounding mental illness by providing education on psychological disorders.

Her credentials include her work as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, an NBCC Distance Credential Counselor (DCC), an NBCC Approved Counselor Supervisor (ACS), and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).  Dr. Sutherland is also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD), the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), and the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA). Dr. Sutherland earned her PhD (Counselor Education and Supervision) from Regent University, Masters of Science (Professional Counseling) from Georgia State University, and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from New York University.



In the field of counseling since 1998, and licensed since 2001, Dr. Sutherland has provided therapeutic services in the private practice, psychiatric residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings, for adolescents and adults, through individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Dr. Sutherland has specialized in working with adolescents, couples and families for the last 15 years. Her research has led to the development of a 10-week family conflict resolution and relationship restoration program geared towards improving intergenerational communication and relationship interaction between spouses, parents and children, and siblings.

During her years in the field, Dr. Sutherland has also served as a Director of Mental Health and Clinical Services for mid – large sized outpatient mental health organizations providing therapeutic intervention in the Cobb, Atlanta, and Stone Mountain areas. In this capacity, Dr. Sutherland provided strategic and financial direction, administrative oversight and accountability for clinical service provision, as well as clinical supervision for mental health professionals providing services to the community at large. Dr. Sutherland has been an Adjunct Professor at Kennesaw State University, and during the last several years has been involved in ongoing training of undergraduate and master’s level students entering the field. Dr. Sutherland provides clinical supervision services to clinicians pursuing licensure.

During the last 30 years, Dr. Sutherland has served as a guest lecturer, trainer and presenter for various counselor professional organizations including the SACES, ASERVIC, CAPS, GCCA, AMHCA, and LPCAGA. Additionally, she has worked with social, civic, educational and clinical organizations such as the University of Georgia, the Foster Families Treatment Association, the Woman’s Missionary Union of New York, the Women’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, Elite Women of Excellence, local churches, and various mental health agencies. 

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