Most traditional couples’ counseling approaches are grounded in Eurocentric and heteronormative cultural assumptions and ideas about gender expression, gender roles, common concerns, etc. They often ignore the role of race, culture, sexual orientation, gender, and the intersection of identities on couples’ presenting issues. Our collective approach to couples work needs a cultural refresh, lest we run the risk of failing to reach a growing segment of couples in need.
This training will focus on working with diverse couples in counseling. Effective treatment of diverse couples includes an exploration of racial, cultural, gender, and other identities. This training will teach couples’ counselors how to identify relevant cultural issues and their impact on couples. Specifically, this training will introduce effective treatment strategies for LGBTQIA+, interracial/intercultural, and couples of color. Existing couple’s treatment modalities such as emotion focused couple therapy, Gottmans’ methods, cognitive behavioral, IMAGO, integrative, and psychodynamic therapies will be reviewed and adaptations for diverse couples will be discussed. Culturally sensitive assessment methods will be provided. Specific suggestions for developing counselor and couple cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity will be included.
This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). Learn and practice assessing couples’ intersecting identities and the impact of these identities on their presenting issues.
b). Apply and adapt existing treatment models for diverse couples in culturally sensitive ways.
c). Understand the importance of exploring one’s own biases and the impact these biases may have on couples’ treatment.
d). Learn and practice effectively engaging couples in culturally sensitive dialogues throughout the counseling process.
Mental Health Clinicians & Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, School Personnel, Youth Development Workers; Healthcare Workers
Instructor(s): Katherine Helm, PhD
Material Author(s): Katherine Helm, PhD
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