Cultural Humility and
Anti-oppressive Approaches
in the Therapy Room

Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, ACS, MAC, SAP

This course begins with an exploration of the systems of oppression that impact marginalized people, particularly people of color and sexual minority individuals. Interpersonal dynamics of the therapeutic relationship will be discussed, specifically as they relate to racial and sexuality identity factors of both the therapist and the client. Best practices are explored through an anti-oppression lens that presents ways of guiding the therapeutic relationship development to not only respectfully acknowledge difference but also to maximize it to improve interactions and outcomes.

CEs: 1.5 CEs available

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  1. Discuss the lived experience of marginalized individuals experiencing the societal and social effects of heteronormativity, white supremacy culture, and other systems of oppression and social injustice that perpetuate invisibility and marginalization of minority individuals.
  2. Identify one’s own socialization around race and sexuality, and discuss the impact of these experiences on personal schemas within the context of the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Plan for utilizing sensitive, affirmative, culturally relevant and anti-oppressive empowering and strengths-based approaches to minority clients to promote healing within the therapeutic relationship.

Glick is the founder of Personal Evolution LLC, a holistic and integrative psychotherapy and education practice. Her professional background includes 11 years of clinical experience working in mental health and addiction treatment and psychiatric rehabilitation. She also has held an instructor position in higher education for the past 9 years, teaching psychology, addictions, social work, and counseling courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education level. In addition, she has provided training seminars and continuing education courses for mental health and addictions professionals since 2013. She also provides consulting, training, programming, and quality assurance services for behavioral health agencies through her LLC.