Integrating complexities of culture in Child Custody Evaluation
Instructor: Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D.
Approved for 4.0 Hour of CE Credit
CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
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In teaching issues of multicultural sensitivity, it is often challenging to highlight the many layers and levels of the experience of ethnic others in the context of multitude of social systems. We are all limited, to a large extent, by the experiences of our lives and the people we encounter on a daily basis. We may never personally, or directly, experience the struggles of our clients, however, we can develop an increased level of understanding, empathy and compassion by examining the complexities of culture. In addition, evaluators need to understand the complexities of communicating with those who may come from other cultural backgrounds.
This course will focus on ways to assess the complexities of culture, recognize the differences in communication styles, and the importance of understanding the family in their cultural context when doing child custody evaluations.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the diversity within the American culture and be able to identify similarities and differences in world-views and communication patterns.
- Identify and empathize with the socio-political aspects of racism, power and privilege and how these may impact issues of trust and mistrust and creating barriers to utilizing the mainstream services.
- Compare appropriate resources and consultants available in the community.