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"Uncovering Implicit Bias: Cultural Diversity in 2018"

  • October 07, 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church 7304 Jordan Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91303


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"Uncovering Implicit Bias: Cultural Diversity in 2018"
with Beth Jakubanis, LCSW; Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT;
Allen Libscomb, PsyD, LCSW; Rizi Timane, ASW, MSW
moderated by Amanda Lee, LCSW

The Outreach Committee of SFV-CAMFT is excited to be partnering with the California Society of Clinical Social Workers (CSCSW) for this special event!

Cultural diversity has never been more relevant than it is currently. As clinicians we are leaders in how to responsibly address differences and break through hidden biases that are embedded in our social constructs. The research is clear; we are all subject unwittingly to implicit bias. How is this unwitting implicit bias hindering our work with our culturally diverse clients?

Join us for this panel discussion with four experts in varying areas of cultural diversity. Our panelists will discuss implicit bias and what you may need to know for your practice when working with clients whose racial or cultural background, legal status, or gender is different from our own.

We invite you to follow this link and take the Implicit Association Test (IAT), part of the Implicit Project through Harvard University, to assess your own implicit bias. Taking some of these assessments will add relevance and richness to our panel discussion on October 7th. NOTE: All results are confidential. No one besides you will know the results of these assessments. No one will be asked to disclose the results of these assessments. This is for your benefit only.

Learning Objectives
In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify 5 questions to ask during an intake or on an intake questionnaire to be more culturally responsive.
  2. Describe 2 ways to respond to a client's concerns regarding differences (or perceived differences) in race, culture, or lifestyle between the client and clinician in order to build rapport and increase positive therapeutic outcome.
  3. Identify 3 situations where adapting current treatment interventions is relevant based on client diversity.
  4. Identify 2 or more resources to expand clinician cultural competency skills (e.g. how to identify own biases and expand knowledge of diverse populations).

Amanda Lee, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Integrated Behavioral Health Stipend Coordinator, Lecturer, and currently the Director of Field Education at San Diego State University's School of Social Work. Ms. Lee attended the University of California, San Diego for her B.S. in General Biology and obtained her MSW at the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in Gerontology. Ms. Lee has dedicated a large part of her career to serving individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, refugees and immigrants, and the elderly. She has had the opportunity to practice social work in a variety of settings, such as, adult outpatient and inpatient mental health, memory care, home-based intensive treatment and PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), as well as abroad in New Zealand for the Waitemata District Health Board for several years where she took part in developing a sub-acute treatment and rehabilitation team serving older adults with mental illness. Ms. Lee has extensive experience working with cultural minorities, such as Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants and refugees and individuals who identify as LGBT+. She is a member of the Diversity Committee at the School of Social Work and recently participated in "LGBT+ Voices: A Cultural Experience," a student success fee event at San Diego State University, as a guest speaker exploring the intersectionality of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity/race, and culture. She was the co-investigator on "LGBT+ Young Adults: Stigma, Coping Methods, and Cultural Implications."
Allen Eugene Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW is a Clinical Psychologist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department. Dr. Lipscomb received his doctorate in Psychology with a clinical emphasis in marriage, family and child psychotherapy from Ryokan College and his master of social work from the University of Southern California. Upon completing his doctorate, he earned a certification in mixed-methods community based research from the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb studied diversity and inclusion practices for human resources within organizations through Cornell University; earning a certification from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth and families of color. His areas of research are centered on the psychiatric epidemiology among racialized and marginalized individuals who have experienced trauma (i.e. complex trauma, traumatic-grief and race-based trauma). Specifically, Dr. Lipscomb has conducted numerous qualitative research studies on racialized Black identified men across the Black/African Diaspora exploring their grief, loss and complex-trauma experiences. His pedagogy is centered on cultural anti-oppressive and clinically-responsive inclusive practices with consumers.  Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local, national and international trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote/motivational speaker. Dr. Lipscomb is an author and published his first book titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment.
Rizi Timane, PhD, LCSW is a female to male Transgender specialist educator and pre-licensed psychotherapist. He is currently employed as the Transgender Health Program Manager at St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles and his work with the Trans community spans the past 11 years during which he has spoken as a Transgender Expert at many venues including the United Nations, Hospitals, Seminaries, Churches and a multitude of Universities. Rizi has also appeared on numerous TV shows including, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, and publications such as Forbes, USA Today and Ebony Magazine. His memoir "An Unspoken Compromise" detailing his discovery at 8 years old that he was Trans and his eventual decision to transition in his 30's, is an Amazon best-selling memoir. Rizi is also the founding Director of the Happy Transgender Center, established in 2012, through which he provides an annual transgender surgery grant that has fully paid for 7 Trans individuals to have gender confirming surgeries. Rizi is also an actor and singer and his annual surgery grant is entirely funded from sales of his book, movies and music.
Beth Jakubanis, LCSW is an author, professor, psychotherapist and founder of SoCal Therapy Center. She has been in practice in the San Fernando Valley for over 10 years. Beth is the author of the Psychology chapter of the MCAT Review, which teaches future doctors the psychology they need to enter medical school. She is a professor at California State University, Northridge where she has taught for 7 years. SoCal Therapy Center was founded in 2013 with the mission of increasing access to psychotherapy services in the San Fernando Valley for the underserved middle class. There, Beth provides psychological evaluations for individuals seeking immigration visas. She is passionate about providing others the support they need to overcome the barriers in front of them and achieving the goals they have for living their best life. Beth began working with the Hispanic/Latino population as a teacher, before becoming a therapist. She developed her clinical skills and cultural competence over the course of over 25 years of study and practice. Beth loves this work because it allows her to use her clinical skills to promote social justice for her clients. Her favorite way to unplug is to head abroad and learn more about other cultures and the historical context, which influenced their evolution.
Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified Trauma Recovery Specialist, and Certified Life Coach, is launching a private practice, Living Loved Pathways to Holistic Healing, as well as working in established group practice, SoCal Therapy Center. This fall marks Shawn LaRé's second anniversary as part of the Adjunct Faculty at Pacific Oaks College in the School of Cultural Family Psychology, teaching Culture Attachment and Trauma in the Trauma Specialization for Marriage Family Therapists. Shawn LaRe' has been awarded a certificate of recognition from Council Member, Paul Krekorian, 2nd District, for outstanding service in the community and Certificate of Appreciation from Council Member Mitch O'Farrell, 13th District, for exemplary efforts and accomplishments in the city of Los Angeles. In August, 2018, Shawn LaRe' was the winner of a Leadership Impact Award from her Alma Mater from her Master's Program in the category of "Distinguished Alumni." Ms. Brinkley is the Chair of the Diversity Committee and serves on the Outreach Committee for the San Fernando Valley California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is a Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

2pm-2:15pm Registration/Networking*
2:15pm-4:15pm CEU/Panel Discussion & Presentation
4:15pm-5:00pm Q & A*
This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.
Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.
* = non CEU portion of course

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
7304 Jordan Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91303
This location is ADA compliant.

$20 for all before September 31st
$30 for all October 1st through 6th
Register online by Saturday, October 6th (night before event) 11:59pm.
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