Workshops & Lectures

Mental Health Issues Facing Sexual Minorities (1 CE)

This workshop will discuss the mental health issues faced by LGB populations. Specifically, we will focus issues related to depression, anxiety, substance use, risk-taking behavior and suicide. We will focus on the antecedents that underlie many of these mental health issues, including difficulties with the coming process, including the stigma and shame related to being gay or bisexual, perceived discrimination and minority stress, coming to terms with an LGB identity, religious conflict, and the impact of family and friend support. We will also include a special section on transgender and adolescent mental health. Finally, we will discuss the importance of LGB-sensitive and competent mental health care and the importance of addressing the underlying issues related to mental health difficulties in these populations.

About the Speakers

Ghazel Tellawi, Broderick Sawyer, Melissa Ellsworth, & Monnica Williams, Ph.D.

Workshop Details

Date: April 7, 2015, Noon - 1:00 pm.

Location: Chao Auditorium

Cultural Competence in Ethnically and Racially Diverse Therapist-Client Dyads (up to 6 CE's)

About this Workshop

Given the increasing diversity of clients seeking mental health care, there is a growing need to enhance the cultural sensitivity of therapeutic interventions with ethnoracial minority populations. This workshop will provide clinical perspectives on how to incorporate cultural factors into therapy. The presenter will discuss strategies for making treatment more relevant when working with underserved and marginalized populations. An assessment of functional and non-functional behaviors of both therapists and clients will be examined from the behaviorally-based Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) perspective. Additionally, the presenter will address how therapies can be adapted when working with clients with diverse backgrounds, particularly as many empirically supported interventions were developed among relatively homogeneous research populations. Topics will include: culturally informed assessment; strategies to build alliances across difference; psychoeducation to include the role of racism and discrimination; identifying ethnoracial biases in the therapist; and how to identify and prevent committing microaggressions against clients, which can rupture the therapeutic alliance. Research findings surrounding the role of discrimination and racism upon mental health will also be reviewed. Additionally, a large part of this workshop will be for participants to ask questions and discuss cases.

About the Speaker

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She coordinates several research projects at the CMHD and provides research and clinical training to students.

Dr. Williams completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA. She received her Master's and Doctoral Degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia, where she conducted research in the areas of psychopathology, tests and measurement, and ethnic differences. She completed her clinical internship at McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital Site, where she completed rotations in mood disorders, major mental illness, and sexual identity issues. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Louisville, Dr. Williams was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia for four years, where she instructed medical residents, practicum students, and undergraduates.

Dr. Williams has published over 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles focused on anxiety-related disorders and cultural differences. She has received grant funding from local, federal, and international organizations. She has served on the board of directors of the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Main Line chapter, and the OC Foundation of California. She is currently a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), where she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, where she serves as the Special Interest Group (SIG) leader for African Americans in Behavioral Therapy. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (JOCRD) and Associate Editor of BMC Psychiatry.

Dr. Williams is a licensed psychologist who provides cognitive-behavioral treatment for adults and adolescents with OCD, PTSD, and other anxiety disorders. She specializes in treatment of the most severe cases of OCD and hoarding using Exposure and Ritual Prevention (Ex/RP) at the Behavioral Wellness Counseling Clinic & Louisville OCD Clinic. Dr. Williams provides supervision and training to other clinicians and has published several didactic articles on treatment issues. She has provided clinical lectures for mental health professionals at local organizations and national conferences (ABCT and IOCDF).

Workshop Details

Date: Friday May 22, 2015, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Location: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky


Part 1: (3 hours)

Part 2: (3 hours)

You will:

  1. Learn the difference between colorblind versus multicultural approaches to differences
  2. Understand how discrimination and racism impact mental health
  3. Know how to identify and avoid committing microaggressions against clients
  4. Understand how to build a strong therapeutic alliance with clients who are ethnoracially different than the therapist
  5. Learn how to address and integrate cultural issues in therapy.

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