Workshop

Reducing Microaggressions and Promoting Racial Harmony in Clinical Practice

Sponsored by the Connecticut Psychological Association, Wallingford, CT (2 CEs)

Given the increasing diversity of clients seeking cognitive behavioral treatments (CBT), there is a growing need to enhance the cultural sensitivity of therapeutic interventions with ethnoracial minority populations. One critical form of contemporary racism is the experience of microaggressions:  brief, everyday exchanges, in the form of seemingly innocent and innocuous comments, and subtle or dismissive gestures and tones that send denigrating messages to people of color because they belong to a minority group. Microaggressions in mental health settings are a cause of poor therapeutic alliance and drop-out, representing a barrier to treatment for people of color.  Repeated exposure to microaggressions can cause psychological unwellness and even trauma symptoms in victims. Increasing awareness of microaggressions, and how to address the problem, is a critical target of clinical training and therapeutic intervention.  Dr. Williams will discuss new research surrounding the impact of microaggressions and review assessment strategies for uncovering the effects of race-related stress and trauma in clients.

Upcoming: May 19, 2017

Presentations

Popular Lecture Topics

  • Race-Based Stress and Trauma
  • Understanding Racism, Discrimination, and Stereotypes
  • Identification and Prevention of Racial Misunderstandings in Clinical Encounters
  • Microaggressions on Campus
  • Understanding Major Mental Illness
  • Sexual Obsessions in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Hoarding Disorder

Popular Workshop Topics

  • Cultural Competence for Clinicians
  • Understanding and Connecting with African American Clients
  • Addressing Depression in the African American Community
  • Assessment and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Prolonged Exposure
  • Assessment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Symptom Dimensions
  • Exposure and Ritual Prevention (Ex/RP) for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • The Ethics of Inclusion: Culturally Informed Research Design

Upcoming Invited Lectures & Workshops

  • Anti-Racism Diversity Workshop FAP Intensive, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA, Sep 15-17, 2017.

  • From Microaggressions to Race-Based Trauma: Using Psychology to Eradicate Racism, Invited Presidential Keynote Address, Division 35: The Society of the Psychology of Women, American Psychological Association, Washington DC, Aug 5, 2017.

  • Racial Trauma and Social Media, No More Martyrs Minority Mental Health Awareness Summit, Keynote Address, Birmingham, AL, Jul 13, 2017.

  • Race-Based Stress and Trauma, Lecture, Trauma Conference, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, WI, Jun 15, 2017.

  • Reducing Microaggressions and Promoting Racial Harmony in Clinical Practice, Workshop, Connecticut Psychological Association, Wallingford, CT, May 19, 2017 (see box).

  • Racial Trauma in Therapy, Workshop, Clinician Training, Momentous Institute, Dallas, TX, Apr 28, 2017.

Selected Invited Lectures & Workshops

  • Policing Color: Black, Brown, and Blue Forum, Panel, Duke University, School of Law, NC, Mar 3, 2017.

  • Race-Based Trauma: Police Violence on Social Media as Modern-Day Lynchings, Margaret Clark Morgan Scholar Lecture, Hiram College, OH, Feb 20, 2017.

  • Race Matters: Mental Health and Campus Racial Climate, Presentation, Critical Connections: Fostering Cross-Functional Conversations on Student Mental Health, UConn Presidential Mental Health Symposium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Feb 14, 2017.

  • Understanding Race-Based Trauma and New Research, Colloquium, Miami University, Oxford, OH, Dec 2, 2016.

  • Reducing Microaggressions and Promoting Racial Harmony in Clinical Training, Clinical Supervisor Training, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical Psychology Program, Philadelphia, PA, Oct 18, 2016.

  • Racial and Cultural Trauma, Keynote Talk, Trauma and Trust: Peacebuilding in Ruptured Social Systems Conference, University of Denver, CO, Oct 17, 2016.

  • Race-Based Trauma Workshop, Transforming Trauma to Triumph Gala Workshop, Center for Holistic Development, Omaha, NE, Jun 10, 2016.

  • Depressive Disorders in African Americans, Workshop, University of Louisville, School of Public Health, Commonwealth Institute Health Literacy Project, KY, Apr 26, 2016.

  • Promoting Awareness and Connection with Ethnically & Racially Diverse Clients, Graduate Workshop, Western Michigan University, Clinical Psychology Program, Kalamazoo, MI, Mar 18-19, 2016.

  • Enhancing Clinical Skills with Ethnically and Racially Diverse Clients, Graduate Workshop, Clinical Psychology Program, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Feb 26, 2016.

  • Racial Microaggressions on Campus and in Academia, Faculty Training, Office of the President, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Jan 6, 2016.

  • Microaggressions and the Therapeutic Alliance, Webinar, Community Technical Assistance Center of New York, NYU Silver School of Social Work Field Learning and Community Partnerships and the Division of Lifelong Learning, NY, Dec 9, 2015.

  • Race-Based Trauma, Clinical Psychology Graduate Program, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, Oct 22, 2015.

  • Triadic Therapeutic Process: Use of Interpreters in Mental Health Settings, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Oct 20, 2015.

  • Enhancing Clinical Skills with Ethnically and Racially Diverse Clients Workshop, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, Oct 15, 2015.

  • Race-Based Trauma, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Sullivan Island, SC, Oct 10, 2015.

  • Behavior Therapy Training Institute, International OCD Foundation, Alexian Brothers Hospital, Chicago, IL, Sept 27, 2015.

  • Racial Microaggressions in Clinical Practice, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Sept 22, 2015.

  • Microaggressions and Race Based Stress and Trauma, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Sept 16, 2015.

  • The Heckler Report: 30 Years Later Exploring Minority Health in Kentucky, Panel Discussion, The Next Louisville Project, Louisville Public Media, KY, Sept 1, 2015. [more]

  • The Role of Racial Trauma in Psychotherapy, Community Technical Assistance Center of New York, NYU Silver School of Social Work Field Learning and Community Partnerships and the Division of Lifelong Learning, NY, July 23, 2015.

  • Microaggressions in Academia, Student Affairs Summer Academy Professional Development Workshop, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, July 16, 2015.

  • Enhancing Clinical Skills with Ethnically and Racially Diverse Clients, Center for Mental Health Disparities & Kentucky Psychological Association, Diversity Mini-Conference, Louisville, KY, May 22, 2015.

  • Microaggressions in Academia, School of Nursing Faculty, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, May 15, 2015.

  • Mental Health Issues affecting LGBTQ Populations, Center for Mental Health Disparities, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Apr 7, 2015.

  • From Parkland to Ferguson: The Persistence of Racial Disparities, Panel Discussion, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, University of Louisville, KY, Apr 3, 2015.

  • Networking and Interviewing as a Culturally Responsive Applicant, Department of Education, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Mar 24, 2015.

  • Understanding Sexual Orientation Obsessions in OCD, The Practice Institute, Atlanta, GA, Mar 19, 2015.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Symptom Dimensions & Differential Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis graduate course, Department of Education, University of Louisville, KY, Mar 9, 2015.

  • Race-Based Trauma, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI, Dec 9, 2014.

  • Microaggressions & The Therapeutic Alliance, Preparation for Practice I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Nov 11, 2014.

  • Are We Beyond Being Black? Urban League of Young Professionals, Louisville, KY, Oct 7, 2014.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Symptom Dimensions & Differential Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis course, Department of Education, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Oct 1, 2014.

  • Microaggressions, Cultural Competency workshop series, The Cultural Center, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Sept 10, 2014.

  • Diagnosis and Assessment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Center for Mental Health Disparities, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, May 1, 2014.

  • Stepping Out: The Journey to Mental, Physical and Social Well-Being, Transformation Tea for Women of Color and Their Allies, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Apr 16, 2014.

  • Teens and Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide, Mental Health Awareness, for 9th Grade Girls at Christian Academy of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Apr 11, 2014.

  • Case Study: Obsessions of Suicide in OCD, Interventions II Graduate Lecture, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Mar 20, 2014.

  • Living a Connected Life, International Women's Day Event, PEACC Program, University of Louisville, KY, Mar 20, 2014.

  • Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, University of Louisville Depression Center's Building Hope Community Presentation Series, Second Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY, Mar 11, 2014.

  • Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: What Really Works, Kentucky Psychological Association, KY, Jan 24, 2014.

  • Barriers to Treatment for OCD: Stigma, Race, and Hidden Populations, Multiculturalism and Diversity in Psychological Research and Practice Series, Binghamton University (SUNY), NY, Dec 13, 2013.

  • Understanding Personality Disorders, Clinical Lecture, Trover Symposium, Baptist Health Madisonville, KY, Oct 25, 2013.

  • Microaggressions in Real Time: Errors Doctors Make with Ethnoracial Minority Patients, University of Louisville, School of Medicine and Dental School, Louisville, KY, Sep 19, 2013.

  • New Research in Preventing PTSD after Trauma and Cultural Considerations for African Americans, Center for Mental Health Disparities, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Mar 22, 2013.

  • Cross-Cultural OCD: A World of Intrusive Thoughts and Bizarre Behaviors, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Dec 6, 2012.

  • Hoarding, National Church Residences Retirement Community, Louisville, KY, Nov 30, 2012.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD and PTSD, Interventions II Graduate Lecture, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Mar 22, 2012.

  • African Americans with OCD: Barriers to Treatment, Rovinsky Family Lectureship, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Program in Clinical Psychology, Philadelphia, PA, Sep 23, 2011.

  • The Many Flavors of OCD, Lincoln Foundation, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, Sep 17, 2011.

  • Mental Health Disparities, Diversity Day, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University, Chester, PA, Mar 22, 2011.

  • African-Americans and OCD: Overcoming Barriers through Research, Four Undergraduate Lectures, Department of Psychology, Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA, Apr 3-22, 2010.

  • Identification and Treatment of Major Mental Illness, Workshop sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Main Line Chapter, Christian Stronghold Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 13-14, 2009.

  • Homosexuality Anxiety (HOCD): A Misunderstood Symptom of OCD, Quarterly Meeting of the OC Foundation of New Jersey, Robert Woods Johnson Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, Sep 8, 2008.

Selected Conference Lectures

  • Williams, M. T. (2017, April). Unique Issues Facing Ethnically and Racially Diverse Clients: What you need to know that clients might not tell you. Master clinician workshop for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

  • Graham-LoPresti, J., R., Martinez, K. G, Montoya, H., Williams, M., Aguilera, A., & Garcia, D. (2017, April). The Impact of Discrimination, Hate crimes, and Bigotry in Clinical Contexts. Panel for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

  • Rosen, D., Kanter, J., & Williams, M. T. (2017, January). Safe Space? Addressing Racial Microagressions in Therapy. National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Portland, OR.

  • Elkins, R. M., Carpenter, A. L., Albano, A. M., Conelea, C. A., McHugh, R. K., Pincus, D. B., Williams, M. T., & Zeiss, A. M. (2016, September). Strategies and Successes in Shattering the 'Ivory Ceiling' for Women in Psychology. Panel for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York City, NY.

  • Williams, M. T., Tellawi, G., Davis, D. M., Viscusi, J., & Leins, C. (2016, July). OCD and Minority Status [chair]. Panel discussion at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (1.5 CEs).

  • Hershfield, J., Bell, E., Williams, M. T., & Bell, J. (2016, July). Mind washing: Mastering the Unique Challenges of Mental Rituals. Panel discussion at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

  • Viscusi, J., Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C.T., & Seibell, P. J. (2016, July). OCD and Sexual Func-tioning. Panel discussion at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

  • Williams, M. T., Kanter, J. W., & Rosen, D. C. (2016, June). Health Disparities, Racism, & the Role of Contextual Behavioral Science. ACBS World Conference 14, Seattle, WA.

  • Williams, M. T., Tellawi, G., Davis, D. M., Viscusi, J., & Leins, C. (2016, July). OCD and Minority Status [chair]. Panel discussion at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Boston, MA (1.5 CEs).

  • Hershfield, J., Bell, E., Williams, M. T., & Bell, J. (2016, July). Mind washing: Mastering the Unique Challenges of Mental Rituals. Panel discussion at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

  • Williams, M. T. (2016, March). Issues in African American Psychology: Race and Racism [chair]. Symposium for the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Louisville, KY.

  • Williams, M. T., & Wetterneck, C. T. (2015, November). Awareness and connection in ethnically and racially diverse therapist-client dyads. Workshop for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

  • Sawyer, B., & Williams, M. T. (2015, November). Microaggressions and mental health: Negative outcomes, risk, and protective factors. Talk at the African American Special Interest Group of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Williams, M. T. (2015, November). The Role of Resilience in the Health and Well-Being of Minority Populations. Symposium at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

  • Williams, M. T. (2015, November). Contextual Considerations in the Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders among People of Color [discussant]. Panel discussion at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

  • Hershfield, J., Bell, E., Williams, M. T., & Bell, J. (2015, July). Mind washing: Understanding the expe-rience of living with and treating mental rituals. Panel discussion at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

  • Williams, M. T. (2015, July). Minority participation in a large residential and intensive outpatient pro-gram for obsessive compulsive disorder. Presented at the International OCD Foundation Annual Confer-ence, Boston, MA.

  • Wetterneck, C. T., Williams, M. T., & Tellawi, G. (2015, July). Support group for sexual and violent obsessions. Clinical service at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

  • Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C. T. (2014, November). Awareness and Connection in Ethnically and Racially Diverse Therapist-Client Dyads. Workshop to be presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Bridges, A. J., Villalobos, B. T., Hong, J., Williams, M. T., Hall-Clark, B., Borrego, J. (2014, November). Ethnoresearch and Ethnotherapy: Cultural Considerations for How We Do Psychology. Symposium to be presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C. T. (2014, July). Effective Imaginal Exposures: Practical Strategies for Clinicians. Talk to be presented at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Wadsworth, L.P., Hayes-Skelton, S.A., Williams, M.T., Chapman, L. K., Morgan, L., Camacho, A, Neal-Barnett, A. Strategies for Increasing Cultural Competency in Research on Anxiety and Depressive Disorders. Symposium for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, March 27-30, 2014.

  • Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Sorenson, S. M., Chavira, D., Hope, D. A., Williams, M. T. Enhancing the Cultural Sensitivity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders with Diverse Populations. Panel discussion at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN, November 21-24, 2013.

  • Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C. T. Effective Imaginal Exposures: Practical Strategies for Clinicians. Presented at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, July 21, 2013.

  • Wetterneck, C. T., Williams, M. T. Support Group for People with Sexual Obsessions. Conducted at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, July 19, 2013.

  • Chavira, D., Graham, J. R., Hope, D. A., Williams, M. T. Enhancing the Cultural Sensitivity of Interventions for Anxiety with Diverse Populations. Symposium for Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, Apr 4-7, 2013.

  • Williams, M. T., Malcoun, E. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans. Presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, Apr 4-7, 2013.

  • Davis, D., Williams, M. T. Assessment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with African Americans. Presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, Apr 4-7, 2013.

  • Chapman, L. K., Williams, M.T. Cultural Considerations in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in African Americans. Presented at the Kentucky Psychological Association, Diversity Conference, Louisville, KY, Apr 27, 2012.

  • Williams, M.T., Hyman, B., Wetterneck, C. "What If I'm Gay and Don't Know It!" — Understanding Sexual Orientation Obsessions in OCD, Presented at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, Jul 27-29, 2012.

  • Williams, M., Tellawi, G., Wetterneck, C.T. Understanding Sexual Orientation Obsessions in OCD. Presented at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, ON, Nov 10-13, 2011.

  • Williams, M.T. African-Americans with OCD: A Hidden Population, talk presented for the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, Jul 29-31, 2011.

  • Yusko, D., Foa, E.B., Williams, M.T. Enhancing Treatment Outcome for OCD. Workshop conducted at the 44th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA, Nov 18-21, 2010.

  • Williams, M.T., Beckmann-Mendez, D. African American Attitudes about Participation in Anxiety Disorders Research. Presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America 30th Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, Mar 4-7, 2010.

  • Williams, M., Franklin, M. African-American Inclusion OCD Research & Treatment: Are we there yet? Presented at the OC Foundation Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Aug 7-9, 2009.

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