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The area of multicultural therapy practice around treating clients with disabilities is not given as much attention as it is with other marginalized groups of people. As the result of an increase in noncommunicable diseases and health conditions and an increase in the average human life span, the number of people with disabilities is increasing. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 1.2 million more people were reported as having a disability in 2021 when compared to 2020 data. No matter the specific population you work with, it is important for you to maintain competence in the area of culturally-informed practice when working with people who have disabilities.

This workshop is designed to help professionals gain a better understanding of the diverse needs of people with disabilities. Physical, sensorimotor and “hidden” disabilities will be the primary focus of this informative presentation.

Therapists will gain an understanding of: the complexity and diversity of people with disabilities, how to make your practice or facility accessible to people with disabilities, specific needs that people with disabilities may have, and therapeutic techniques and skills to meet the individual needs of a client with a disability.


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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Name and describe at least 3 “types” of disabilities a client may have and the potential life challenges that are common with each one.

b). Learn and practice at least two effective and disability-competent therapy techniques you can use to be more helpful to a client with a disability.

c). Name at least two modifications you can make to your practice or facility to make it more responsive or accessible to clients with disabilities.


Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jessie L. Rayl, Ed.D., LPC

Material Author(s): Jessie L. Rayl, Ed.D., LPC

Dr. Rayl attended the West Virginia School for the Blind throughout her childhood schooling. After graduation, Dr. Rayl went first to Allegany Community College where she majored in Secretarial Science and worked in that field for several years. Later, Dr. Rayl attended Fairmont State University and earned a Bachelors Degree in Community Psychology with a minor in Social Work. After completing that degree, Dr. Rayl worked as an advocate for people with developmental disabilities with a state organization that provides advocacy and legal assistance for several years. Dr. Rayl then went on to earn her Masters degree in Community Counseling from West Virginia University. During that time and for the next 10 years, Dr. Rayl worked at EastRidge Health Systems as triage case manager, crisis counselor, and then as a licensed professional counselor. From 2003 to 2018, Dr. Rayl owned a private practice with various contracts including EAPs, Division of Corrections, Day Report and general mental health and substance abuse counseling. It was during that time, she earned her Educational Doctorate from Argosy University. In addition, Dr. Rayl attained Certification as a Comprehensive Mental Health Forensics Examiner, and diplomates in Trauma, and Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Conditions. At present, Dr. Rayl is the Center Mental Health Consultant at Job Corps in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia where she has contracted for the past approximate eight years. Dr. Rayl is totally blind and partially deaf, and has been since early childhood. Nevertheless, her parents encouraged total independence, completion of education and strong work ethics. In 1983, Dr. Rayl attained her first guide dog and has had 5 successor guides since that time. She, then, trained two dogs as working hearing alert dogs. She continues to work with one guide dog from Pilot Dogs, Inc., and her self-trained hearing alert dog. Dr. Rayl has had vast personal, education, and interpersonal experience with people with all disabilities, and various service dogs.

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