SGVPA March CE Event
CE On Demand 
Diversity Series: Latinx Mental Health
Presenters:  Wayne Kao, PsyD., Elisa Hernandez, PsyD., Cinthya Hernandez, B.A.
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This moderated presentation will seek to elucidate and describe the various barriers that prevent
and discourage frank discussion of countertransference regarding Latinx race, culture and
politics 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
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 Latinx clients and students, and how suppressing discussion can negatively impact the
therapeutic alliance and professional roles.
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 psycho-education 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 panelists will discuss potential remedies to these problems and facilitate an audience discussion.

  Learning Objectives:  After attending event, participants will be able to:
1. Identify current barriers associated with attitudes towards treatment in the Latinx community.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of between and within culture differences, impact of acculturation, and effect of discrimination on service seeking satisfaction and implications for outcomes within therapeutic alliances.
3. Apply strategies to increase engagement in discussions regarding countertransference, microaggressions, and barriers to improve professional, academic, and social competencies within the Latinx community.  
Elisa Hernandez Bio: 
Dr. Hernandez is a licensed counseling psychologist who specializes in college mental health. Dr. Hernandez received her doctorate from the combined Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology program at UC Santa Barbara. Her research focused on Latinx college student wellbeing and bicultural identity correlates and development. Dr. Hernandez has devoted her career to working with undergrad and graduate students at public and private universities. Clinically, Dr. Hernandez specializes in acculturation and identity issues, first generation college students, Latinx issues, and multicultural counseling. 
Wayne Kao 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.
Cinthya Hernandez Biography: 
Cinthya Hernandez is currently a second-year student earning her PsyD in Clinical Forensic Psychology and TCSPP-LA. She is a practicum student with Dr. Wayne Kao at Healing Rhythms Mental Health, where she work with geriatric and chronic/severely mentally ill patients and provide pro-bono mental health services to BIPOC adults. She also works as a Bi-lingual Case Coordinator and Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in the Child and Family Division in Inglewood, CA. 
Ms. Hernandez earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. While attending school she also worked at her local high school as a Para-educator where she worked with special education students in a general education classroom while also assisting with the creation of individualized education plans. She became interested in psychology after reading a book about a child who became a selective mute after experiencing a traumatic event. From then on, Ms. Hernandez became interested in different psychological theories of why people are the way they are. Throughout her studies, research, employment, she has realized that she wants to continue to work with communities that look like her.  
This is CE-On Demand Event.   
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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