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Racial and Cultural Diversity Ethics: How to Approach Ethical and Culturally-Informed Intervention in Counseling and Supervision

Dr. Sonja Sutherland

When: October 16, 2020 / 8:30am – 4:00pm

How/Where: Live Webinar via Zoom *Invitation to join webinar will be sent after registration (one week prior to training)

 Continuing Education: 6 Ethics or Core CE Credits Awarded. (For Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers). No partial credit awarded.

Fee: Professionals –  $150 / Richmont Alumni/Faculty/Staff – $135 / Richmont Students – $115


Presenter: Sonja A. Sutherland, Ph.D. LPC, BC-TMH, ACS

Dr. Sutherland is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Dean of Assessment, Planning & Accreditation at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, a Board Certified Telemental Health Counselor (BC-TMH), and an NBCC Approved Counselor Supervisor (ACS). In the field of counseling since 1998, and licensed since 2001, Dr. Sutherland has provided therapeutic services in the private practice, psychiatric residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings, for adolescents and adults, through individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Dr. Sutherland has specialized in working with adolescents and families for the last 15 years. During the last decade Dr. Sutherland has also served as a Director of Mental Health and Clinical Services for mid – large sized outpatient mental health organizations providing therapeutic intervention in the Cobb, Atlanta, and Stone Mountain areas. Dr. Sutherland’s areas of research interest include counselor supervision & cultural competence development, and evidence-based treatment & residential models of care for at-risk adolescents (commercially sexually exploited youth, family relationship restoration, and integration of spirituality in treatment).

Workshop Description:

 As diversity in the U.S. continues to evolve, clinicians are much more likely to encounter clients from culturally diverse backgrounds. Research shows that culturally minoritized populations suffer disproportionally from mental health disparities, and that one much needed intervention is culturally competent mental health care. These realities, and our Codes of Ethics, demand that clinicians be prepared to effectively meet these needs. However clearly understanding how to apply a multicultural perspective in assessment and clinical practice can be difficult to conceptualize. Simultaneously, supervisors are tasked with ensuring their own culturally competent engagement with supervisees, and assisting them in understanding how to shape the parallel culturally competent engagement that should occur between supervisees and their clients.

Using an interactive group format, this workshop presents effective ways to approach ethical and culturally-informed case conceptualization, intervention and supervision. Participants will engage in the meaningful and therapeutic conversation surrounding race, culture, the intersection of identities and the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression that influence the supervision and counseling relationships. Clinical teams are encouraged to attend together.

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

  • Review the constructs of cultural humility and cultural competence, and clarify the impact of these as well as cultural self-and-other awareness on the clinical and supervision relationships and ethical service provision.
  • Apply the understanding of worldview development to clinical case conceptualization
  • Discuss ethical considerations for working with culturally diverse supervisees and clients.
  • Explore the components of multicultural and social justice counseling, and their ethical application using case vignettes for clarifying and developing culturally competent and ethically sound case conceptualization.
  • Engage in hands-on application through role-play of supervision and counseling sessions
  • Clarify the ethical considerations of varying courses of action.

Instruction Level: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced

Target Audience: Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers

Schedule & Learning Objectives

 CEs 8:15 am – 8:30 am  

Participant Sign in


1.5 hrs 8:30 am – 10:00 am  

Learning Objective 1


0 10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
1.5 hrs 10:15 am – 11:45 pm Learning Objective 2&3


0 11:45 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
1.5 hrs 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm Learning Objective 4
0 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break
1.5 hrs 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Learning Objective 5&6



6.0 hrs


For questions, please contact Martha Busby at or 404.835.6121.

Refunds: Full refunds are only accepted prior to October 9th.

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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Racial and Cultural Diversity Ethics: How to Approach Ethical and Culturally-Informed Intervention in Counseling and Supervision