Workshop 8

Multicultural Counselor Competencies: Interventions and Strategies for Working with Diverse Individuals

Presented by Elizabeth Conte, LPC, LCADC, NCC

Course Description

This workshop will assist participants with challenging their values, biases, preconceived notions, prejudices, personal limitations, and assumptions about human behavior that may limit their ability to work effectively with diverse individuals. The goal of the presentation is to increase counselors’ ability to think, feel and act in ways that acknowledge and respect clients’ worldview. By understanding clients’ individual, social, and universal contexts, participants will learn how to broach difficult topics in order to facilitate meaningful therapeutic relationships. This workshop will encourage participants to examine internalizations and assumptions from their early life experiences and analyze how these values may influence their ability to help or hinder the counseling relationship. The techniques of cultural auditing and broaching will be introduced and explored.

Learning Objectives

  • Define culture, cultural identity, cultural awareness and world view.
  • Identify characteristics of the culturally competent counselor.
  • Increase cultural self-awareness, acceptance, and respect for cultural differences.
  • Practice the use of broaching and cultural auditing as therapeutic and diagnostic tools.
  • Discuss minority populations’ tendency to under utilize and prematurely terminate counseling services.

Presenter Information

Elizabeth Conte, LPC, LCADC, NCC
Elizabeth Conte earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Rider University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Montclair State University, where she is also an Adjunct Instructor and Supervisor. Currently, Ms. Conte serves as the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Workforce Development and Training Coordinator, where she oversees the Division’s addiction training initiative that is responsible for addiction counselor certification and licensure. She also provides training, professional workshops, and national and regional presentations in the areas of: alcohol and drug counseling; ethical boundaries; client-centered communication; clinical supervision and wellness. Ms. Conte has over 15 years of counseling experience and has previously provided individual and group counseling at various behavioral health and addiction treatment residential and outpatient treatment facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the New Jersey Counseling Association. Ms. Conte maintains a limited private practice in Hamilton and serves on the Hamilton Township Municipal Alliance against Alcohol and Substance Abuse.

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