The Elephant in the Room: Racial, Cultural & Gender/Sexuality-based Biases in Therapy


Are you engaging and retaining diverse clients successfully? Are you ready to treat people of colour and LGBTQIA+ populations? We all have to start somewhere.

There has never been a more important time for therapists to learn how to be more present and to bring compassionate awareness to the undercurrents of racial, cultural and gender/sexuality-based trauma that have been laid bare.

Let’s begin.


To help you better serve your clients and to bring more diversity and inclusion into the profession of mental health care, we highly recommend these trainings. NOTE: all webinars are recorded and registrants will be emailed a link to access the recordings after the Live Broadcast is over.

Microaggressions in Clinical Settings: Learning to Engage Diverse Clients and Improve Treatment Outcomes

Monnica Williams and Matthew Skinta explore CBT strategies and insights into how to more effectively support diverse clients and improve treatment outcomes when racial trauma is an underlying factor. Live Broadcast on October 9 with interactive Follow Up Q & A on October 20.

Mindful Presence in the Context of Race and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities

Join Caroline Welch (author of The Gift of Presence) and psychotherapist and cultural theoretician Shelly Harrell as they explore how to use mindfulness to facilitate greater presence with race and gender in the context of therapy.

Working with LGBTQIA+ Clients Through the Lens of IFS

Internal Family Systems offers a deep, transformational healing to clients AND it facilitates the ability of clinicians to connect with ANY client in spite of differences and biases due to personal gender, sexual orientations and perceptions. Join Frank Anderson and learn how IFS can help you bridge worlds.

Blending Western Practices with Traditional Aboriginal Approaches to Healing

What can counselors, therapists and others learn from Aboriginal healing traditions? Elder Little Brown Bear will give you step-by-step insight into the mindset and processes behind specific Aboriginal healing practices that can be used to treat trauma, addictions, loneliness, depression and anxiety in clinical and non-clinical settings.

Still wondering where to start?

Here are some past conversations we've held that you can listen to for free....

Starting the conversation: In the aftermath of the onset of the pandemic, police shootings in the Black communities and subsequent civil unrest that exploded across the world in the Spring of 2020, Valerie Mason-John facilitated a 2-hour online group meeting to explore how we as a community were responding. View a free recording of this conversation here.

Integrating Aboriginal Practices into Clinical Practice: And Elder Little Brown Bear discusses how to blend traditional teachings with mainstream information to provide holistic healing approaches for aboriginal and non-aboriginal clients in this free recorded conversation here.