Course Description: The focus of this workshop is the sociopolitical and cultural contexts that shape identity, influence development, and affect the counseling relationship. Mental health professionals must be aware of the developmental stages related to normalcy across and within cultural groups. Multicultural awareness precedes effective counseling relationships and good clinical supervision. This workshop will provide information, discussions, and teaching application of how to work with various ethnic and racial groups in counseling. Participants will:
- Understand the characteristics of a competent multicultural mental health professional and the multicultural counseling competency model.
- Examine themselves as cultural beings and their values, biases and worldview.
- Increase their knowledge and skills in working with diverse client populations (African Americans, Latino American, Asian American and other diverse groups).
About the Trainer: Dr. Byron Waller, PhD, LCPC, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University. He also practices clinically at Refuge Christian Counseling in Chicago’s southern suburbs. Dr. Waller has been an professor, instructor, clinician and practitioner for more than 18 years. He has taught core courses in practicum, supervision, internship and community counseling.
Dr. Waller is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Grace College, Chicago State University, and his doctorate is from Loyola University Chicago in Counseling Psychology. He has clinical experiences in rehabilitation, medical, college counseling center, university settings, parent re-unification, and other community work. His interests include clinical practice and supervision, multicultural/diversity counseling and training, career counseling and career development, rehabilitation, mindfulness treatment, and spirituality/religious issues in counseling. Dr. Waller has published and presented at various national and international conferences in his areas of interests.
Continuing Education Hours: This program is recognized as providing 6 CE’s for: LPC/LCPC, LSW/LCSW.
Confirmations / Directions: Upon receipt of the registration form, we will mail or email a confirmation letter including location and directions. There will be no confirmations sent for registrations received one week or less prior to the workshop.
Refund Policy: Registrations cancelled before one week prior to the workshop will be refunded their cost minus a $25 administrative fee. Registration can be applied to another available training date, based on availability. There are no refunds within one week of the training.
Registration Deadlines: Registrations should be received one week prior to each workshop. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.
- Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
- Training 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
- Lunch on your own
- Training 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.