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

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This webinar is specifically for clinicians who want to be more effective in their use of evidence-based practices with people of colour and sexual and gender minority people. Many marginalized groups experience large disparities in access and utilization of mental health care. These disparities have multiple causes, but they do exist in part from well-intentioned clinicians who have not yet acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively engage diverse clients. 

Microaggressions (a term referring to verbal or behavioural indignities aimed towards marginalized groups and designed to reinforce cultural hierarchies that support the status quo) have been identified as a common and troubling cause for poor retention and inadequate treatment outcomes for people of colour. All clinicians can benefit from a better understanding of microaggressions to improve their work with clients and to help clients navigate microaggressions in their daily lives. 

We will discuss the theoretical basis of the problem (microaggressions), cognitive-behavioural mechanisms by which the problem is maintained, and how to address this using CBT principles, with a focus on the role of the therapist. Therapists will learn how to effectively support clients who may be experiencing microaggressions in their daily lives. We will also discuss new research surrounding the impact of microaggressions and review assessment strategies for uncovering the effects of stigma-related stress and trauma in clients.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be better able to —

  • Identify microaggressions in interpersonal interactions and the environment
  • Define microaggressions and explain how they are connected to bias and stereotypes
  • Address ruptures in the therapeutic alliance due to microaggressions
  • Demonstrate at least 3 strategies to help clients coping with distress or impairment due to microaggressions
  • List at least 5 types of psychopathologies connected to experiences of microaggressions

Matthew D. Skinta and Monnica T. Williams

Monnica T. Williams, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified, licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapies. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities, and Director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities. She is also the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, LLC in Tolland, Connecticut. Dr. Williams is the author of Managing Microaggressions: Addressing Everyday Racism in Therapeutic Spaces, and Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities: Promoting Equity and Culturally Responsive Care across Settings.

Matthew D. Skinta, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical health psychologist and an Assistant Professor at Roosevelt University. He is a peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer, and is certified as a compassion cultivation training (CCT) teacher and as a trainer of functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP). Dr. Skinta co-edited Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities: Contextual Strategies to Foster Self-Compassion, Connection, and Equality, and authored the upcoming book, Contextual Behavior Therapy with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients: A Practical Guide to Treatment.

Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Background of microaggressions, how they are defined, and contexts that give rise to them
2nd hour
  • Exploration and activities regarding microaggressions that arise in therapy and therapeutic responses
15 Minute Break
3rd hour
  • Summary of costs of microaggressions and Q&A

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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  • Title of Training
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  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

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Rate $139.00
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