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Cross-Cultural Encounters: Bridging Worlds of Difference

alt Course: Cross-Cultural Encounters: Bridging Worlds of Difference

alt Instructors: Lawrence E. Hedges, Ph.D., Psy.D., ABPP

alt Approved for 4.0 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills License Requirements

alt High Resolution Online Streaming Video

    Lawrence E. Hedges, Ph.D., ABPP

Course Description

Multiculturalism is rapidly becoming recognized as the fourth major force in psychology alongside the traditional psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic psychologies. Central to this course is the idea that we can never know the fullness of anyone else’s cultural identifications and orientations. In this sense all relationships are cross-cultural encounters. How can each of us in our professional work learn to open ourselves to differences, to diversity, to ethnicity, to ethnosexuality, to our own prejudices and to prejudices and hatreds aimed at us?

The ground-breaking work of Derald Wing Sue, Allan Ivey, Paul Petersen, Alan Roland, Charles Ridley, Coronel West, Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Geert Hofstede, Neil Altman, RoseMarie Pérez-Foster, Joane Nagel, Takeo Doi, Suarez-Orozco, and numerous others will be considered. Participants will be encouraged to discuss some of their own cross-cultural encounters in a workshop setting.

Course Goal and Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how multiculturalism is coming to constitute the fourth force in the clinical disciplines.
  2. Discuss the major concerns of multicultural approaches to psychodiagnosis and psychotherapy.
  3. Give examples of when people attempt to bridge their worlds of cultural difference.
  4. Demonstrate a multi-ethnic approach to interpersonal relationships that denies the objective reality of race while honoring the subjective realities of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic identities.
  5. Identify how immigration, children of immigration, central city living, class and ethnic differences all have an impact on clinical practice.
  6. Identify the ethnosexual frontier and how it manifests in the transference/countertransference matrix.


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CE Approval Information

  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  This course is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for its licentiates' CE license renewal requirements.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This course meets the qualifications for 4.0 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.

Your access to the course material extends for 3-years from the date of purchase. This includes after passing the post-test, so you may continue to review its contents.