A growing number of clients in treatment follow different spiritual paths than the religious practices most familiar to their treatment and supervision providers. This sets the stage for possible misunderstandings and tensions between the client and the members of treatment or supervisory team. Among these spiritual paths is Neopaganism; this term refers to a group of Eurocentric religions that focus on reviving the pre-Christian practices of Europe and/or developing new and borrowed practices compatible with ancient pagan worldviews. While these worldviews can be puzzling to therapists and other professionals, Mr. Reeder explains how they can be understood in the context of counseling.
Working with Christian Beliefs in Treatment
There has been little guidance on integrating Christian beliefs with the material covered in most treatment programs for individuals who have sexually abused. Yet the topic is of vital importance to many clients in treatment. In fact, it is common for people convicted of sexual crimes to have questions about spirituality in the wake of their arrest and legal processing. In this webinar, the panelists will address topics related to religious objections to participating in treatment, discussing how the goals of treatment mesh with individual beliefs and how professionals can best interface with their clients’ faith systems.
Addressing Microaggressions in Clinical Practice and the Workplace
Promoting diversity and inclusion has become a top priority in many areas of the criminal justice system. However, microaggressions, which are subtle, covert forms of discrimination, may influence interactions with clients and co-workers, and contribute to detrimental impacts within these environments. Research shows that when microaggressions are directly addressed, the performance, cohesion, and outcomes of workplace teams are enhanced. Therefore, during this interactive webinar interview, participants will learn practical strategies to identify microaggressions and build techniques to improve the culture of clinical settings and the workplace.
Native American Youth and Cultural Adversity: A Conversation with Tatewin Means and Christopher Lobanov-Rostovsky
Native American youth are disproportionately experiencing mental health challenges in tribal communities where there is often a lack of prevention and treatment resources. Teen suicide, substance abuse, interpersonal violence, and other trauma are common within this underserved population. This conversation will look at the historical antecedents and current climate, and discuss the challenges for service provision to Native American youth, including federal, state, and local efforts and limitations to serving this population.
Ending Racialized Violence: A Webinar Conversation with Dr. Apryl Alexander
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of violence is how preventable it actually is. In the wake of recent events, this webinar conversation will focus on what we know about the prevention of violence and abuse, and how we can use education to end sexual, racialized, and other forms of social violence. It will outline how participants can explore their own biases and challenge their attitudes, beliefs, and actions in order to help reduce racism.
Considering Culture in the Time of COVID-19
The past few years have seen a re-emergence of international dialog and debate about race, culture, and ethnicity. Since COVID-19, the situation has become more dire, with black and Hispanic people dying at disproportionately higher rates. What challenges are our clients of color facing? How have professionals of color been affected by the current crisis? And what can we all do to be helpful to one another in these times? These will be the questions discussed during this webinar conversation with Tyffani Dent.