May 14, 2021 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT
Livestream event via Zoom
3 Continuing Education Hours
Research indicates psychotherapy clients who choose to disclose and meaningfully discuss experiences related to their marginalized identities with their therapists have better outcomes than clients who consciously conceal salient aspects of who they are. Therapists, however, sometimes miss opportunities to invite or engage in these types of cultural conversations. This workshop will begin with a basic assumption, “Every interaction is a cultural interaction," followed by a description of the three pillars of the Multicultural Orientation (MCO) framework -cultural humility, cultural comfort, and cultural opportunity - and conclude with specific recommendations for how to incorporate MCO into clinical practice. This workshop will also invite attendees to (re)consider the ways in which they can leverage cultural fortitude and create space for clients and therapists to bring their whole cultural selves into the therapy room.
- Describe the three pillars of the Multicultural Orientation (MCO) framework
- Identify specific ways to apply the MCO framework in clinical practice
- Discuss how cultural conversations between a client and provider can positively influence clinical processes and outcomes
Presenter Biography: Karen Tao, PhD
Dr. Karen Tao is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Utah. She is a community engaged scholar who teaches, conducts, research and facilitates workshops with a commitment to reduce disparities in the access, service and quality of mental health and education for historically marginalized groups. She is especially interested in how people negotiate conversations about difference and culture as well as why multicultural competence matters.
Karen has over a decade of experience providing diversity and social justice oriented training for public and private schools, non-profit and private sector organizations and universities. Most recently she collaborated with PBS Utah to produce a digital series “Let’s Talk”. As the host of the series, Karen met with parents to discuss how to talk with kids about race, racism, and cultural differences.
- UPA Members on or before early Bird Deadline of May 7, 2021: $75
- After Early Bird Deadline: $95
- Non UPA Members on or before early Bird Deadline of May 7, 2021: $100
- After Early Bird Deadline: $110
- Student members: $0
- Non-member students: $25
Zoom link will be sent two days prior to the event.
Online Event Registration
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Utah Psychological Association
5442 South 900 East, Ste. 512
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Phone: Teresa Bruce at 801-410-0337
Cancellations with full refund accepted one week prior to the event.
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