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Who Still Has a Dream? Multicultural & Social Justice Issues in Counseling

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America’s current landscape is a highly charged socio-political terrain, where racial, ethnic, political, religious and cultural minority groups may present in counseling with high levels of stress and trauma. The contemporary issues faced by marginalized, oppressed or minority clients necessitate that counselors be ready to attend to cultural differences in counseling, and that they be prepared to address power dynamics, issues of equity, and oppression in all of its forms. Much of what is accepted as traditional psychotherapy may actually discount the cultural and social factors that shape the client’s reality. Counselors must understand multiculturalism and social justice, in order to determine whether a client is best served through direct intervention or through advocacy on their behalf. The presentation of multi-generational issues like post-traumatic slave syndrome, along with the lived experiences of racial battle fatigue from micro- and macro-aggression, are magnified in a time of documented public violence and bias-related incidents. Against this backdrop, it is imperative for counselors to have (1) an understanding of the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies that represent ethical and responsible clinical practice, and (2) a model for understanding the clients’ experiences, stressors and emerging concerns about hate crimes, police brutality, domestic terrorism, genocide and other mass atrocities. This workshop applies a genocide awareness and prevention model from George Mason University professor Dr. Gregory Stanton to the work of mental health providers. In this workshop, we candidly discuss some important concerns for responding to minority and marginalized clients at a time when socio-political elements may cause or contribute to their presenting concerns.

4 CORE contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) CE APPROVAL #: 7721-18

2 ETHICS contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) CE APPROVAL #: 7721-18

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LaVerne Hanes Stevens, PhD., NCC, LPC, MAC, DCC, ACS, CPCS-GA

Dr. LaVerne Hanes Stevens is a Board Certified Counselor (NBCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (GA and NC), Certified Family Trauma Professional, Georgia Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She currently serves as the Program Director for the NBCC Foundation's Minority Fellowship Program, which focuses on reducing disparities in mental health treatment for marginalized and minority groups. For over 20 years, LaVerne has been a trainer, consultant, author, textbook contributor and speaker throughout the United States and abroad. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University; her MS.Ed in Community Counseling from Duquesne University; and Ph.D in Christian Counseling from South Florida Theological Seminary.

Christopher B. Townsend, PhD., NCC, LPC, LCAS

Dr. Christopher B. Townsend is a Board Certified Counselor (NBCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (NC), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (NC), and a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Dr. Townsend is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He has trained across the nation on evidenced-based assessments and various mental health topics. He has also trained in Liberia, Uganda, and Rwanda as a Master Trainer for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) International. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education from North Carolina A&T State University. His research interests include reducing disparities for underserved and marginalized groups of people.

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