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EP20 Conversation Hour 04 - Microaggressions and Implicit Bias - Derald Wing Sue, PhD

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Multicultural |  Conversation Hour
EP20 Highlights
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020
Derald Wing Sue, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
Original Program Date :
Dec 12, 2020
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Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward People of Color. Mental health professionals are often unaware that they have engaged in such communications when they interact with racial/ethnic minority clients. Almost all interracial encounters are prone to microaggressions; I use the White counselor - client of color clinical dyad to illustrate how they impair development of a therapeutic alliance. Suggestions regarding education and training and research in the helping professions are discussed.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Define microaggressions
  2. Identify the three manifestation of microaggressions
  3. Describe how microaggressions may impact the therapy session

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D in Counselling Psychology, is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University. He was the co-founder of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, co-founder and first President of the Asian American Psychological Association, past presidents of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, and the Society of Counseling Psychology.  Derald has served as Editor of the Journal for Counseling and Development, Associate Editor of the American Psychologist, Editorial Board Member to The Counseling Psychologist, Asian American Journal of Psychology, Asian Journal of Counselling, and serves on the Council of Elders for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Derald is a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, microaggression theory, racial dialogues, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism.  He is author of four best-selling texts: (1) COUNSELING THE CULTURALLY DIVERSE:  THEORY AND PRACTICE, (2) OVERCOMING OUR RACISM:  THE JOURNEY TO LIBERATION, (3) MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE:  RACE, GENDER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION, and (4) RACE TALK AND THE CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE: UNDERSTANDING AND FACILITATING DIFFICULT DIALOGUES ON RACE. As evidence of Dr. Sue's stature in the field, two studies of multicultural publications and scholars concluded, Impressively, Derald Wing Sue is without doubt the most influential multicultural scholar in the United States today.


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