Embracing Diversity Series – Online CE event! Starting Sept. 26

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Embracing Diversity – Part 1 Black Lives Matter and Its Psychological Implications

Part 1:  Black Lives Matter and Its Psychological Implications – 3 CEs

Presenter:  Clive Kennedy, Ph.D.

Moderator:  Wayne Kao, Psy.D.

Saturday, September 26, 2020 From 9am-12pm

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This moderated presentation will seek to elucidate and describe the various barriers that prevent and discourage frank discussion of countertransference in regards to race, politics and culture among clients, trainees and colleagues in psychology. The impacts of inhibited discourse about racial and ethnic issues on clinical practice and psychology education will be explored as well. Furthermore, strategies for overcoming these barriers and facilitating therapeutic, honest, and fruitful discussion of race among clients, professionals and students alike will be examined. This program will identify and provide insight upon elements of professional, academic, and social culture that often interfere with or prevent addressing issues of countertransference towards clients, and how suppressing discussion can negatively impact the therapeutic alliance. These elements may include the fear of offending others, internalized guilt about personal beliefs, “political correctness,” fear of expressing a minority opinion, disempowerment and marginalization of certain groups, and so forth. Additional discussion will provide insight and psychoeducation regarding triggers for personal and professional conflicts, angry outbursts. These phenomena can lead to inadequate education in psychology graduate programs regarding issues of diversity, and they can impair therapeutic discourse with patients struggling with issues of acculturation and identity development. The presenter and moderator will discuss potential remedies to these problems and facilitate an audience discussion.

Learning Objectives:  After attending event, participants will be able to:

  1. Implement strategies for facilitating authentic discussion of race among patients, peers and students.
  1. Accurately assess the impacts of such inhibition on professional development, education, clinical work, clinical training and supervision, and the culture of the profession.
  1. Clearly articulate sociocultural and intrapsychic barriers that inhibit honest

dialogue about race among psychologists

Presenter Biography
Dr. Clive Kennedy has practiced as a forensic psychologist for over 25 years and trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a member of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Panel of Experts since 1985 and his practice continues to serve courts within LA County. His practice has also included contracts with the California Youth Authority, California Department of Child and Family Services Family Preservation Department, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He is one of the early APA Minority Fellows and one of the founding members of APA Division 45-The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. Before beginning his teaching career, he worked for over 20 years as a substance abuse specialist at UCLA. He has worked with the South Central Training Consortium as a supervisor and training director since 1993, dedicated to supervising the work of all students with families of Color. In addition to domestic violence in families of Color, his practice interests also include substance abuse, AIDS prevention/treatment issues, cross-cultural relations, and other stress, mental health, and forensic psychology related issues. Since 2009, Dr. Kennedy discovered teaching and taught face to face for three years before entering the world of blended or hybrid courses at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Moderator Biography

Dr. Wayne Kao earned his Clinical PsyD. in 2008 at CSPP-LA and has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 2011. He currently holds multiple positions in the field of psychology. He is co-creator and President of Healing Rhythms Psychological Services, a community practice providing mental health services, outreach and psychoeducation.  He created a treatment and training program working with geriatric and chronic/severely mentally ill patients, is an adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, maintains a private practice in Monrovia, and serves as Diversity Chair on the Board of SGVPA. He completed his Post Doctoral Training at Enki Health and Family Services, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of California at Santa Cruz.

This is a live online CE Event. 

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Package Deal:

Presentations will be held virtually via Zoom

For a total of 3.0 LIVE CE Credits Each for Psychologists, LCSWs, and LMFTs.

Licensed SGVPA members                  $75     Licensed SGVPA non-members          $85

On Demand members                          $70      On Demand     non-members            $80

Unlicensed Post-grad members          $20      Unlicensed Post-grad members         $30 

Student members                                 $10      Student non-members                       $20

Affiliate members                                  $15      Affiliate non-members                       $25

CPA is co-sponsoring with The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licenses. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 3 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

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Presenter: Clive Kennedy, Ph.D. and Moderator: Wayne Kao, Psy.D.

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