21st Century Cultural Competence featuring Laura Brown, Ph.D.
In this engaging and practical workshop, Dr. Brown challenges
rule-based, "encyclopedic" approaches to cultural competence. She argues
for a new model that addresses unintentional bias, and that emphasizes
interpersonal dynamics over factual knowledge about groups.
casting cultural competence as an ongoing process that is never fully
mastered, Dr. Brown encourages participants to become increasingly
attuned to the shifting, identity-based representations formed by both
clinician and client. Workshop participants will gain new insight into
the many strands of their and their clients' identities, including sex
and gender, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, indigenous
heritage, immigration experiences, disability, and spirituality.
Laura S. Brown, Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist in independent practice in Seattle, Washington. A writer and speaker on feminist therapy theory and practice, she teaches on trauma treatment, cultural competence, psychological assessment, and ethics. She is the author of hundreds of articles and books and the winner of over 20 awards for her scholarship, activism, and leadership in social justice issues.