Intersectionality and Culture

Live Interactive Webinar 
Instructor: Alcia Peterkin, LCSW
Level: Intermediate
CE/Contact Hours: 2.5 
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers who are thinking of becoming supervisors or recently have started providing supervision.
Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction: Live interactive webinar with discussion and small group activities. Instructor will use chat and verbal discussions for Q and A as well as break out rooms. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion. Login information will be emailed to all program participants in January at the start of the program.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.

This session offers an exploration of culture, power and experiences of marginality and oppression as these influence the supervisory dyad and the supervisee’s work with clients.  Emphasis will be on exploring the dynamic nature of culture and developing an appreciation for how to develop and negotiate complex, intersecting cultural identifications.  Discussion will focus on how these cultural meanings appear in and influence supervisory dyads and require reflection and self-examination. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the lenses of cultural sensitivity, cultural competence and cultural humility
  2. Explain ways in which clinical supervision can support the exploration of cultural narratives, conscious and unconscious meanings and the motivations that accompany those narratives
  3. Apply concepts from the Racial/Cultural Identity theory to the supervisory relationship
  4. Demonstrate approaches for building skill and capacity to address race, culture and power within the supervisory relationship
  5. Explain parallel processes relative to intersectionality and culture
  6. Recognize the centrality of intersectionality and the necessity of reflection


Part I: 1 - 2:15 p.m. ET

  • Delineate the lenses of cultural awareness to understand social conditions that create oppression and inequality
  • ​Discuss the underlying assumptions about power, privilege, domination, stratification, structural inequality and discrimination from various theoretical perspectives

Break: 2:15 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Part II: 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. ET

  • Experiential activity to formulate assessments and apply concepts from the Racial/Cultural Identity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, discrimination toward ethnic and religious groups influences the supervisory dyad
Alicia Peterkin looks at the camera wearing a yellow jacket and black top.

Alcia Peterkin, LCSW, SIFI

Professional Education Instructor
Alcia Peterkin is a psychotherapist and clinical social worker licensed in the states of New York and Georgia. Alcia is currently the director of clinical…
Completion Requirements

In order to be awarded the Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificate, it is the expectation that students attend all scheduled sessions of the program.

However, Smith understands that emergencies or unexpected events may interfere with a student attending a particular session or a part of a session. Aside from CE credits, the policy of the SSW Certificate programs is that students who miss significant portions of a seminar or a full session will be required to complete a make-up assignment. Assignments will be devised by the course instructor/certificate director to cover both missed content and learning time. Students who miss more than two sessions of the program will not be awarded the Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificate.

Earning CE Credits

Smith certificate programs are comprised of a number of different courses often over a number of days. Many courses are standalone sessions but some courses may have two or three sessions. The total number of CE contact hours that a student may earn will be calculated based on the number of hours of fully attended courses. Partial credit may not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of a course. It is the attendees’ responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Please see individual course pages for the CE completion requirements and how the certificate is awarded.

How will a certificate be awarded?

Upon completing the evaluation for the in-person seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of seminar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on completion of the evaluation and signing in and out of the seminar.