Intersections: Ethnicity and Psychotherapy the Asian American Experience
Oct. 13, 2012 | 8:30 AM-12:30 PM | Zable Hall
The focus of this workshop is to understand and explore the convergence between therapist Asian American ethnic identity and therapeutic processes and practices. A recent survey from the Pew Research Foundation (2012) found that Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States relative to other ethnic groups and that there is incredible social, linguistic and cultural diversity among the Asian subgroups. The term Asian American encompasses individuals who have either themselves immigrated or whose ancestors have immigrated to the United States from 52 different countries in Asia. While extant literature and discussions typically group Asian Americans under one umbrella term when discussing relevant topics, there are a number of social and cultural variables that interact with and influence how Asian American therapists work with their clients. The goal of this workshop is to encourage dialogue on an often neglected topic of clinical training: the role of one’s own culture. Featured speakers at the workshop are: Akiko Mikamo, PhD president and clinical and consulting psychologist at US-Japan Psychological Services, Mike Juan, PhD, program director at South Bay Guidance Center and Divya Kakaiya, PhD, Founder and Clinical Director of Healthy Within treatment program. The workshop will count for 3.5 units of professional development CE units for clinical PhD and clinical PsyD students, and continuing education credit is available for MFTs, LCSWs, and psychologists. There is a $35 fee for non-core faculty members and community professionals who need a CE certificate.