Understanding the Diversity of Racism and Its Impact on the Treatment Process    

La’Tesha Sampson, MPA, LCSW

Clinicians’ behavior, cognition, and decision making may be influenced by implicit racial biases and explicit racial stereotypes, and thereby contribute to racial inequities in care. This 2-hour workshop will elaborate on the ways racism can interact with cognitive biases to affect clinicians’ behavior and decisions and, in turn, client behavior and decisions. In addition, participants will learn to to identify opportunities for intervention and gain specific recommendations for clinical practice.

 Learning Objectives

  • Describe the ways racism can interact with cognitive biases to affect clinicians’ behavior and decisions
  • List the ways that clinician behavior and decisions can impact client behavior and decisions about treatment.
  • Identify opportunities for intervention and make specific recommendations to clinicians

Agenda

1:15-2:15pm Defining racism and cognitive biases of clinicians
Understanding the impact of racism on client decisions
2:15-3:15pm Group activity
Intervention Strategies for Clinicians
Summary and Questions

CEs: 1 Clinical, 1 Cultural Competence
Level:  Advanced

About the Presenter

La’Tesha Sampson is a NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, full time faculty at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and President and Founder of Great Joy Counseling and Consulting Services in Westfield, NJ. La’Tesha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Kean University and is completing her PhD in Urban Health from Rutgers University where her dissertation work is based on Spirituality and Mental Health treatment for African American’s.

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