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Virtual CE: Bringing Identity into the Room: Steps for Culturally & Evidenced-Based Work w/ Couples
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When: Friday, August 21, 2020
Where: Zoom Webinar
United States
Presenter: Janelle Peifer, PhD and Ayanna Abrams, PsyD
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

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Bringing Identity into the Room: Steps for Culturally and Evidenced-Based Work with Couples


Live Zoom Webinar
CE Hours: 3 Ethics


Workshop Description: 

The proposed session takes an intersectional approach that recognizes the interplay between various aspects of identity. In particular, the session presents a culturally-informed and evidenced-based approach to grappling with identities who have historically experienced marginalization in couples therapy with the general population and new parents. Specifically, the session will present a randomized control trial study that examines the efficacy of the New Family Wellness Project NFWP), a semi-structured, brief, in-home couples intervention new parents. The NFWP takes a identity-informed approach to clinical work with couples, focusing on the impact of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender and sexual identity. (Intermediate)   

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Assess cultural intersectionality theories as it pertains to work with couples and explore the relevance of cultural competence as an ethical issues. 
  2. Describe at least two evidenced-based approaches to ethical work with couples (emotion-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy) with an integrated knowledge of the role of culture and identity.
  3. Summarize a semi-structured clinical protocol (New Family Wellness Project) for new parents and the key findings from its accompanying study and examine the ethics of clinical research with diverse participants.
  4. Develop an individualized action plan to outline how the session informs their work in practice or other professional settings.


      About the Presenters:

      Dr. Janelle S. Peifer, LCP is an assistant professor of psychology at Agnes Scott College and a licensed clinical psychologist in independent practice at Peifer Psychology in Decatur, Georgia.  She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia and is an alumna of Wake Forest University. Her research examines: 1) college student development with an identity and intercultural competence focus and 2) a family-based clinical intervention focused on postpartum wellness. Peifer’s clinical and applied interests include identity formation, trauma, and resilience. Her recent scholarly publications and presentations focus on college students intercultural competence development, short-term study abroad, assessment, and perinatal and postpartum mental health for new parents.

      Dr. Ayanna Abrams is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice at Ascension Behavioral Health and located in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago Campus) and completed both internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Ayanna Abrams has extensive clinical experience with individuals and couples of color, with special focus on black clients and couples. Her clinical work, research and frequent community impact interests focus on racial/ethnic health disparities and impact on psychological functioning, wellbeing and stability of healthy romantic and platonic relationships. She also has extensive experience in the culturally appropriate treatment of undergraduate and graduate students of color at PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions) navigating microaggressions in academic settings. Dr. Abrams is a member of the Atlanta Center for Emotion Focused Therapy (ACEFT) and actively integrates racial, cultural and ethnic identity in her treatment with couples.


      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before August 7, 2020 to receive this rate.)

      • $70: GPA Members
      • $105: Non-members
      • $20: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After August 7, 2020)

      • $80: GPA Members
      • $115: Non-members
      • $30: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.


      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to August 7, 2020. No refunds will be given after August 7, 2020.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.