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Bias and Therapist Culture

Bias and Therapist Culture: Ethical & Multicultural Competency Considerations
for Mental Health Clinicians in Their Context of Professional Assumptions, Value Conflicts, and How to
Bridge These Towards Positive Therapeutic Alliance

Friday, November 3, 2023

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Richmont’s Atlanta Campus

AND Live Webinar option


Presentation Description

In today’s rapidly diversifying world, the value of competency in multiculturalism is becoming more central to behavioral health professional education. As therapists, we are trained more than ever to see the essential role that understanding and respecting our clients’ diverse backgrounds plays in effective treatment. But this convergence has led to a therapist “culture” of its own. This therapist culture can lead to points of both alignment and conflict with clients, sometimes overt but at other times subtle. This course is designed to help therapists in the formation process of bias awareness and ethical implications, as well as offering tools in building therapeutic alliances toward collaborative client outcomes.

Presenter: S. David Hall, Psy.D.

Dr. David Hall (PsyD, LMFT, LPC-MHSP) is licensed as a marital and family therapist (LMFT) and as a licensed professional counselor-mental health service provider (LPC-MHSP) in the state of Tennessee; he holds his doctorate in psychology (PsyD). Dr. Hall is the clinic director at Haven Counseling Center in Knoxville, Tennessee (USA), where he maintains a counseling/psychotherapy caseload and supervises postgraduate therapists through his practice. Dr. Hall has taught seminars and courses on behavioral health professional ethics since 2012 and is a sought-after consultant and educator on the topic.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the potential influences of the demographic characteristics of the mental health profession on the development of outgroup biases, particularly towards BIPOC, religiously devoted, politically conservative, and neurodiverse individuals.
  • Apply a multi-level model for recognizing and addressing personal and professional biases that may affect their therapeutic practice.
  • Recognize and effectively navigate potential value conflicts, cultural diversity issues, and client autonomy concerns within their professional settings, drawing from the ethical guidelines of APA and ACA; as well as for AAMFT, NASW, NAADAC, and NBCC.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to practically apply ethical codes in managing value conflicts, bias, and cultural diversity in therapy, fostering a more robust therapeutic alliance.
  • Devise strategies for positive client engagement and therapeutic alliance-building, particularly with clients from diverse backgrounds, by applying an understanding of bias and ethical considerations.

Continuing Education: 5 Ethics CE Hours Available; this program is designed to meet the standards of NBCC content areas No. 8 (Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues) and No. 3 (Social and Cultural Foundations).

Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and other mental health clinicians.

Instruction Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

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Refund policy: In order to receive a refund, requests must be submitted prior to October 27, 2023.

For questions, please contact Amy Estes at

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Presentation References:

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Dein, S. (2018). Against the Stream: religion and mental health–the case for the inclusion of religion and spirituality into psychiatric care. Bjpsych bulletin, 42(3), 127-129.

Cummings, J. P., Ivan, M. C., Carson, C. S., Stanley, M. A., & Pargament, K. I. (2014). A systematic review of relations between psychotherapist religiousness/spirituality and therapy-related variables. Spirituality in clinical practice, 1(2), 116.

Oxhandler, H. K., & Giardina, T. D. (2017). Social workers’ perceived barriers to and sources of support for integrating clients’ religion and spirituality in practice. Social Work, 62(4), 323-332.

Watson, N. N., & Hunter, C. D. (2015). Anxiety and depression among African American women: The costs of strength and negative attitudes toward psychological help-seeking. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(4), 604.

Solomonov, N., & Barber, J. P. (2018). Patients’ perspectives on political self‐disclosure, the therapeutic alliance, and the infiltration of politics into the therapy room in the Trump era. Journal of      clinical psychology, 74(5), 779-787.

Redding, R. E., & Cobb, C. (2023). Sociopolitical Values as the Deep Culture in Culturally-Competent Psychotherapy. Clinical Psychological Science, 21677026221126688.

Bias and Therapist Culture