9.13.17: Microaggression as an Ethical Issue in Clinical Practice

Date: Sept. 13, 2017
Time: 9 am–1:15 pm
Registration Fee: $25
Northwest AHEC
McCreary Tower a part of the Wake Forest Football Complex
475 Deacon Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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Program Overview and Objectives

Microaggressions have been defined as brief everyday exchanges, often unintentional and automatic, that send negative messages to individuals because of their group membership (e.g., due to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability). The term microaggression is an emerging one in the helping professions and can be useful in understanding barriers to a well-intentioned clinician’s ability to engage therapeutically with clients across a spectrum of differences. Throughout the various codes of ethics, there is a universal mandate to provide culturally sensitive care to clients. Yet, when microaggressions are unknowingly committed by the helping professional, communication suffers and credibility is lost with the client, which impedes the therapeutic process and may lead to early termination of services. Clinicians are therefore ethically compelled to enhance their understanding of microaggressions and work to minimize their occurrence when interacting with clients. Clinicians engage with a cross-section of society and therefore have a particular need to understand what microaggressions are, how they impact clients, and how they themselves have experienced or perpetrated microaggressions. NOTE: This program may be counted towards ethics requirements for license renewal.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of microaggressions across a spectrum of differences (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation).
  • Explore sections of major clinical codes of ethics relevant to the importance of understanding and attending to microaggressions.
  • Identify the benefits of becoming more attentive to microaggressions occurring in the therapeutic setting.
  • Explore possible strategies for creating a greater awareness of microaggression as clinicians and possible responses when the clinician has engaged in a microaggression.

This program is being offered in association with the University of North Carolina, School of Social Work’s
AHEC Training Partnership.

Who Should Participate

This workshop will be beneficial to clinicians, case managers, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists,
psychologists, educators, advocates, health and human service practitioners.

Physicians are on the medical staff of Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services. The facility shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. Model representations of real patients are shown. Actual patients cannot be divulged due to HIPAA regulations.