This presentation examines the role a counselor’s implicit socio-economic status ("SES”) bias may play in treatment disparities and whether training can effectively reduce clinician biases. Current literature indicates clinician biases negatively impact clients & treatment outcomes. This evidence suggests that one possible cause is implicit social class bias. This session will be a mixture of current literature review on social class bias, culturally competent counseling, and national trends in substance use disorders, mental health diagnoses, and utilizing experiential activities. This presentation is designed to educate supervisors and clinicians in the adverse effect class bias can have on the therapeutic relationship.
Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. Live closed captioning is available and the captioning capabilities are in compliance with the practices defined in Worldwide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
This training could be applied to multiple areas of the Alaska Qualified Addictions Professional (QAP) certification. Contact the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (Ask for Dabney Van Liere, Executive Director) at 907-332-4333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information.