Moderator: 
Howard Cutler, LCSW, NCPsy.A

Panel Speakers: 
Fathy Abdalla, M.D., Ph.D, NCPsy.APsy.A, 
Daphne Lin Chang, LPC, NCPsy.A,

 Regina Mezheritsky, LCSW,
Ana Falcon, NCPsyA,
Claudia Flores, LCSW,
Inna Danieli, LCSW

The appreciation of social and cultural diversities is an important part of the therapeutic work with clients. Yet, how does the culturally sensitive social worker develop culturally appropriate boundaries, respect cross cultural communication, develop culturally responsive treatment and create culturally responsive policies?

This workshop will showcase a panel of mental health professionals from different cultures. Discussion will include issues related to the use of self and self-disclosure, defining professional boundaries, language and identification/renunciation of the social worker's and the client's cultural background. We will also explore how the clinician's belief's and the responses impact the therapeutic alliance and the therapeutic process.

Cultural blindness can lead to serious information loss, misattunements, and ultimately premature termination. Learn how to develop the awareness and the skills to provide more culturally sensitive treatment for clients from different backgrounds.

Learning Objectives:

• Participants will identify their own beliefs about working with clients from similar and different racial, ethnic and religious groups.
• Participants will learn how to listen to clients and be able to solicit information to help the social worker identify and better understand the role and impact of     culture on a client.
• Participants will be able to explain how the therapeutic alliance and therapeutic process may vary depending on the cultural expectations and cultural norms     within and between cultures.
• Participants will appreciate the how language and cross cultural communication can impact the treatment.
• Participants will learn how to adapt treatment needs and treatment processes to the specific needs of a client.