Cultural Humility and Empowerment: Anti-oppressive Approaches in the Therapy Room

Recorded Webinar
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, ACS, MAC, SAP
CEs: 1.5 
Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers.
Course Delivery Method and Format: Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Date of original webinar: December 10, 2019

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.

Registration Fee and Deadline:

$35 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing

Learning Objectives:

  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.


  • Intros, objectives, establishing “brave space” for affective learning
  • Lecture- lived experience of marginalized folx and effects of systemic racism and heterosexism, impact within therapeutic relationship
  • Lecture- anti-oppressive approaches to guiding the healing connection within the therapeutic relationship
  • Plan for taking an anti-oppressive and empowering approach to therapeutic rapport and relationship-building
  • Wrap-up and call to Action
  • Q & A

Instructor Biography:

Katherine 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.

Completion Requirements for Recorded Webinars and Online Courses.

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the recorded webinar or recorded video presentation. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. For recorded webinars and online courses, participants must complete an evaluation and a post test, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the post test in order to earn CEs. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to the evaluation and post test are available in SmithOnline. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. A copy of the attestation is available in SmithOnline. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the course evaluation, successfully passing the post test and submitting the attestation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on submitting attestion, completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals for This Course

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.


Smith College School for Social Work, #1755, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period:11/19/2021-11/19/2024 . Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 cultural competence continuing education credits.


Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

NY State

Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.

Not Approved for Counselors (LMHC/LPC)

Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. This program does NOT qualify for NBCC ACEP approval.