This workshop will focus on the vital importance of cultural competence as outlined in the ACA and NAADAC Professional Code of Ethics and its terminology, which is sometimes mistakenly used interchangeably.
Our society is becoming more culturally diverse than ever. Therefore, mental health and substance abuse professionals need to meet patients where they are at the onset of their counseling and treatment process. This can only occur if clinicians adhere to the professional codes of ethics in being aware of their own values, biases, attitudes, beliefs and prejudices to ensure they are not imposed on patients.
To meet this challenge of treating a culturally diverse population effectively, participants will learn and gain insight through the presentation, group exercises and discussion. Cultural and diverse responsive awareness skills will improve patient engagement in services, therapeutic relationships between clients and providers, treatment retention and outcomes. Cultural and diverse competence is essential in decreasing behavioral health disparities.
- Examine the ACA (2014) and NAADAC codes of Professional Ethics guidelines regarding cultural and diverse competence.
- Review Professional Code of Ethics commonalities for clinicians.
- Discuss why is it essential for counselors to develop and enhance their competencies.
- Discuss cultural competence, and how it impacts addiction treatment.
- Discuss how not being culturally competent can impact a client’s engagement and positive outcomes.
- Discuss the purpose of the clinician’s self-assessment in critical reflective thinking about their own values, bias, beliefs, attitudes and prejudices.
- Discuss going beyond cultural competence education to application.
About the Speaker
Sandra V. Phillips, CADCII, ICADC, SAP, LPC, NCC, CPCS, is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia with over 18 years of experience. She is a trauma specialist with training in PTSD, CPT and EMDR. She received her bachelor's from the University of West Georgia, where she fell in love with psychology. She later earned a master's in education and a master's in psychology from Troy University. She owns a private practice group, Transformation Behavioral Health LLC, where counseling services are provided to a diverse population.
Continuing Education Credit
Licensed professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists: Willowbrooke at Tanner has been approved for 5 hours of continuing education (CEs) through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA of GA).