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Multicultural Diversity and Ethical Clinical Practice for African American Families
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When: 11/04/2016
8:30 AM - 4 PM
Where: Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU
795 Yard Street
Columbus, Ohio  43212
United States
Presenter: James Dobbins, PhD
Contact: Karen Hardin

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6 CE – Ethics for psychologists
6 CE for counselors and social workers


Registration opens at 8 AM... Workshop begins at 8:30 AM

Snacks and meals included


Cost: $150 OPA Members; $180 Non-OPA Members; $100 Students


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The Multicultural Diversity Conference will focus on increasing and educating on the issues of cultural competency as it relates to the African American family system. In addition, there will be a focus on development of the participants knowledge, awareness, and skills related to the evolution of multicultural diversity to a modern framework of diversity. The program will highlight the capacity to identify, understand, and respect ethical practices related to African American families. A review and discussion of seminal as well as current literature will frame African American family systems as dynamic. Discussion of interventions that are effective with African American family systems will be explored and will provide a foundation for ethical practice with this population. A review of evidence based issues and models related to clinical practice with African American families and the community will be discussed. The program will provide a basis for educating and training psychologists for working with clients around social justice issues related specifically to African American families and the community.


Learning Objectives – This workshop is designed to:

  • Provide the evolution of multicultural diversity across the time span to a modern and current framework;
  • Present a framing of family as systems dynamic and discuss modern families as more inclusive of families of choice as opposed to families of origin while reviewing recent literature;
  • Review models of interventions for work with African American families and related community involvement; and
  • Discuss evidence based issues and models that are effective for African American families.


About the Speaker:

Dr.James Dobbins is a Full professor, former associate dean for professional affairs and services and director of postdoctoral training, School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. Dr. Dobbins has held leadership roles in the Association of Black Psychologists and its Dayton Chapter, multiple American Psychological Association Divisions, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, American Board of Family Psychology and Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Past President of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology he hosted an influential conference on diversity education and training. He was awarded a Presidential Citation for his lifetime dedication to scholarship in family psychology, racism, multiculturalism, health attitudes and behaviors, and for a career long service to the profession of psychology.

Three Key Literary References:

  • Atkinson, D. R. (1985). A meta-review of research on cross-cultural counseling and psychotherapy. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 13, 138-153.
  • Parham, T. A., & Helms, J. E. (1981). Influence of a Black student’s racial identity attitudes on preference for counselor race. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 28, 250-257.
  • Sue, D. W. (2008). A model for cultural diversity training. Journal of Counseling an Development, 70, 99-105


Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU
795 Yard Street
Columbus, Ohio 43212
888-492-8847  booking code: G-OPAM or click here

Questions? Contact OPA at 614.224.0034

The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Disclaimers/Cancellation and Refund Policy: Attendees needing to cancel must do so in writing before 7 business days prior to the event and will be subject to a $30 service charge. ALL CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS SERVICE CHARGE. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 8 days prior to the event. The planners and sponsors of this event are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.

Conflict of Interest Statement: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education as is consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Information regarding financial support, in-kind support or possible conflicts of interest will be included in promotional materials and can be accessed by contacting the Ohio Psychological Association Central Office. 
Photo Consent: Registration and attendance at OPA events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to OPA for use of the attendee’s image in photographs.
Continuing Education Credit Policies: Those individuals wanting CE credits must sign and complete the Workshop Evaluation Form and return the form to OPA at the end of each workshop as instructed. OPA guidelines state that a participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. No partial credit will be given. The workshop planners will make every effort to ensure that each workshop begins and ends promptly at its designated time.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and Counselors:  The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.