The Impact of Race in the Clinical Setting

The Center for the Study of White American Culture

Race impacts the therapeutic alliance in a variety of ways. This workshop will explore the sociopolitical and cultural construction of race in the United States as it relates to the process of racialization and the impact this has on clients, clinicians, and the therapeutic process. Through a combination of didactic presentation, experiential exercises and group discussion, this workshop will offer participants theory and historical context, as well as practical applications for addressing racial dynamics in the clinical setting, the workplace, and society.


  • Attain a basic understanding of the sociopolitical and cultural construction of race in the United States.
  • Understand how culture mediates in the process of racialization and its impact on clinicians, clients, and institutions.
  • Explore when and how to name race in the therapeutic alliance.
  • Explore when and how to connect clinical presenting issues with race.
  • Explore when and how to address racial dynamics in the workplace and society.

Location: Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014                  Time: 9:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.
Registration and coffee/tea service will take place from 9:00 – 9:30a.m. The training itself will begin promptly at 9:30a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, and Case Managers. This is a beginner level training.

CEUs: Social Workers and Counselors will receive 5 CEUs in Clinical or Cultural Competence. FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604).

In accordance with ASWB and NBCC guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Directions and Parking Information: Please visit: Detailed directions and parking information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until February 28, 2014. After February 28th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.

Registration for this training is full and has been closed.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on February 28th.

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