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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Social Determinants of Health, Marginalization, and Racial Trauma: Intersecting Factors in Ethical Mental Health Treatment

When: July 22, 2022 / 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

How/Where: Live Webinar via Zoom *Invitation to join webinar will be sent after registration.*

 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 –  $165 / Richmont Alumni/Faculty/Staff – $140 / Richmont Students – $115


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

Dr. Sutherland is a Professor of Counseling and Diversity Consultant & Trainer. In the field for 22 years, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, a Board Certified Telemental Health Counselor (BC-TMH), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dr. Sutherland’s 22 years of clinical and supervisory experience has been in private practice, psychiatric residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings. Within the last 5 years, Dr. Sutherland has provided training, researched, and published in the areas of racial trauma, cultural competence development and training, the provision of culturally-informed clinical intervention and supervision, and social justice advocacy.

Workshop Description:

This 6-hour workshop discusses how to conceptualize mental health treatment for culturally diverse individuals who have historically been racially marginalized. Research shows that culturally marginalized populations suffer disproportionally from a range of health disparities and psychosocial stressors that contribute to and exacerbate their mental health presentations. This workshop will be helpful not only for mental health practitioners who have never realized that improvements were needed in their client conceptualization, but also for clinicians who understand there is a need but still struggle to grasp the true range and impact of these stressors, thus commensurately grapple with how to account for and more effectively work with the mental health concerns of racially
diverse clients.

In addition to a review of applicable portions of the ACA, MFT, APA and NASW codes of ethics, the 2016 Multicultural & Social Justice Counseling Competencies and the Multicultural Orientation Framework will be incorporated and applied through hands on case studies and discussions.

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

  • Clarify implicit bias and its clinical impact
  • Discuss Critical Race Theory & Social Determinants of Health
  • Clarify the development of a Cross-Culturally Responsive-Practice Mindset
  • Analyze key factors in race-based stress injury & trauma
  • Prepare for conversations about race
  • List considerations for working with diverse populations
  • Discuss responding to microaggressions in session
  • Describe components for feedback-informed treatment

Instruction Level: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced

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

Schedule & Learning Objectives

 CEs 8:30 am – 9:00 am Participant Sign in
1.5 hrs 9:00 am – 10:30 am therapeutic rapport with culturally diverse clients

engaging in ethical and clinically helpful conversations around race and diversity

0 10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
1.5 hrs 10:45 am – 12:15 pm implicit bias, how it is developed, and its impact on client experiences of racism and racial trauma

practitioner needs for ethical personal and professional cultural self- and other awareness

0 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1.5 hrs 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm psychosocial factors impacting the mental health presentation of racially diverse clients

guides for improving case conceptualization and ethical treatment planning

0 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break
1.5 hrs 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ethical case conceptualization and treatment intervention planning
Total: 6.0 hrs


Cost: Guests – $165 / Richmont Alumni, Faculty, & Staff – $140 / Richmont Students – $115

For questions, please contact Amy Estes at or 404.835.6128.

Refunds: Full refunds are only accepted prior to July 15.

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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Social Determinants of Health, Marginalization, and Racial Trauma: Intersecting Factors in Ethical Mental Health Treatment