Managing Microaggressions: Addressing Everyday Racism in Therapeutic Spaces (ABCT Clinical Practice Series). : by Dr. Monnica Williams now available from Oxford University Press

Sexual Obsessions in OCD: A Step-by-Step, Definitive Guide to Understanding, Diagnosis, and Treatment: by Dr. Monnica Williams from Oxford University Press

Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities: by Dr. Monnica Williams from New Harbinger

Scientific Advisory Board
Co-Chair Diversity Council
Grant Awardee 2009
Conference Speaker 2009, 2011-2018, 2020

Professional Member
Special Interest Group Leader
Workshop Trainer 2010
Convention Speaker 2011, 2013
Workshop Leader 2014-2015
Convention Speaker 2016-2018, 2020
Keynote Speaker 2021

Dr. Monnica Williams

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Addressing Diversity Issues

Cultural-Competence in Mental Health Care

Research documents that many members of minority groups fear, or feel ill at ease with, the mental health system.
- Surgeon General's Report
US Dept. Health & Human Services, 1999

Dr. Monnica Williams ia a Black licensed psychologist in Ottawa, Ontario. She has been working to improve cultural-competence in mental health care in the US, Canada, and Europe. She has published important research in the areas of ethnic minority mental health and barriers to treatment. She teaches Multicultural Psychology to undergraduate and graduate students. She provides workshops on cultural competency to therapists, medical students, and allied professionals. She received an American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grant entitled "Reducing Microaggressions and Promoting Racial Harmony," that she completed in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington and Bastyr University.

Cultural Diversity Training

The therapeutic relationship is a critical aspect of psychotherapy based on the compatibility of the client and clinician. The effectiveness of therapy is associated with the clinician’s ability to communicate with and understand the client's perspective and cultural background. Although the majority of clinicians understand the importance of delivering culturally-informed services, few receive adequate training to enable them to do so. Dr. Williams is available to consult with any clinician with questions about the assessment or treatment of individuals from different ethnic or racial groups. She also provides workshops and trainings on these issues.

Enhancing cultural competence is an ongoing process for all clinicians. And because it is essential to successful clinical practice, cultural consultation benefits clients and clinicians alike. Yet, many clinicians may have limited resources for seeking consultation on cultural concerns, and others may feel vulnerable in seeking cultural consultation. This resources is an opportunity for to discuss the role of culture(s) and cultural identities in work with specific clients in an environment that is friendly, welcoming, and dedicated to your ongoing growth as a clinician.

Cultural Issues in Therapy Training Video: This is an example of how not to do therapy. How many microaggressions can you identify?

Selected Recent Workshops and Trainings for Clinicians

  • Ot'alora G, M., & Williams, M. T. (2019, August 10-17). MDMA Conference for Therapists and Communities of Color: Psychedelic Medicine & Cultural Trauma and MAPS Part B MDMA Therapist Training, Louisville, KY.

  • Williams, M. T., & Faber, S. C. (2019, July). Culturally-informed clinical research: Assessment, recruitment, interventions & ethics. Skills class, World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Berlin, Germany.

  • Wetterneck, C. T. & Williams, M. T. (May, 2019 – July, 2019). Functional Analytic Psychotherapy – Diversity Emphasis (Level II) Online Workshop. An 8-week experiential workshop on behavioral techniques to improve interpersonal skills and intimacy for therapists with an emphasis on racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. (16 CEs)

  • Skinta, M. & Williams, M. T. (January, 2019 – March, 2019). Functional Analytic Psychotherapy – Diversity Emphasis (Level I) Online Workshop. An 8-week experiential workshop introducing behavioral techniques to improve interpersonal skills and intimacy for therapists with an emphasis on diversity. (16 CEs)

  • Williams, M. T. & Wetterneck, C. T. (2018, December 13). Addressing Racial and Cultural Differences in Therapeutic Settings. Workshop, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, NYU School of Social Work, New York City, NY. (3.5 CEs)

  • Williams, M. T. & Wetterneck, C. T. (2018, December 11). Addressing Racial and Cultural Differences in Therapeutic Settings. Workshop, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, NYU School of Social Work, Albany, NY. (3.5 CEs)

  • Wetterneck, C. T., Williams, M. T., & Carlson, M. (2018, November 7). Assessing and Treating Racial Trauma. Day-long workshop for International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Washington, DC. (7 CEs)

  • Williams, M. T. (2018, May 18). Microaggressions as Barriers to Care. Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. (1 CEU)

  • Williams, M. T. (2017, September 29). Reducing Microaggressions and Promoting Racial Harmony in Clinical Practice. Workshop, Connecticut Psychological Association, Wallingford, CT. (3 CEs)

  • Kanter, J. K., Williams, M. T., & Rosen, D. (2017, September 15-17). Diversity & Anti-Racism Functional Analytic Intensive. 2.5-day Workshop, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA. (20 CEs)

  • Williams, M. T. (2016, October 18). Reducing Microaggressions and Promoting Racial Harmony in Clinical Training. Clinical Supervisor Training, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Program in Clinical Psychology, Philadelphia, PA (3 CEs).

  • Williams, M. T., & Kanter, J. (2016, March 18-19). Promoting Awareness and Connection with Ethnically & Racially Diverse Clients. Graduate Workshop, Western Michigan University, Clinical Psychology Program, Kalamazoo, MI. (3 CEs)

  • Williams, M. T. (2016, February 26). Enhancing Clinical Skills with Ethnically and Racially Diverse Clients. Day-long Workshop, Clinical Psychology Training, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

  • Williams, M. T. (2016, January 6). Racial Microaggressions on Campus and in Academia. Faculty Training, Office of the President, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Complete list of presentations, workshops and trainings »

Consultation Services

Dr. Williams provides consultations with researchers in the implementation of culturally-informed research design and to improve inclusion of people of color in research samples. She also consults with departments and organizations to increase diversity and facilitate an improved racial environment.

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Dr. Williams is dedicated to providing culturally-competent services to her clients. She understands the cultural, social, and spiritual issues that shape the whole person. Experiences of racism and discrimination can lead to stress, anxiety, traumatization, and depression. Even low-levels of discrimination experienced on a regular basis can result in psychological unwellness. Anyone suffering as a result of such experiences can contact Dr. Williams to schedule an in-person evaluation or phone consultation for treatment at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She also provides mental health exams for legal cases involving discrimination and racial profiling.

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