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Virtual CE: Racial Microaggressions in Clinical Practice
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/16/2020
When: Friday, October 16, 2020
Where: Zoom Webinar
United States
Presenter: Keri F. Kirk, PhD
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

Online registration is available until: 10/16/2020
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Racial Microaggressions in Clinical Practice: Increasing Awareness and Committing to Action When Working with African American Clients  


CE Hours: 3


Workshop Description:

Despite the multicultural and inclusion training that psychologists receive during graduate school, postdoctoral fellowship, and continuing education, racial micro-aggressions toward our clients can still occur. This workshop will highlight common but stealth missteps that non-African American providers may make towards African American clients that can contribute to both suboptimal mental and physical health. Proactive solutions to help increase cultural awareness and insight will be discussed. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to better recognize where and how racial micro-aggressions toward African American clients enters the therapy and/or assessment space as well as develop their own personal strategies for reducing the likelihood of these cultural missteps happening in the future. (Intermediate)


Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the history of psychology as it relates to the racism that gave rise to racial microaggressions.
  2. Define racial microaggressions and discuss their biopsychosocial impact on African American clients.
  3. Demonstrate how unconscious bias towards African Americans can enter the therapy or assessment space as microaggressions and discuss the ethics around addressing this issue using the APA ethics code.
  4. Discuss and apply cultural awareness strategies that can help reduce unconscious racial bias and micro-aggressive communication in the therapy space.
  5. Discuss ways that providers can commit to ongoing self-assessment as it relates to unconscious bias and allyship. 


About the Presenter:

Dr. Keri Kirk is a licensed clinical psychologist, public speaker, and consultant. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Howard University where she combined her passions for promoting physical health, mental wellness, and social justice among under-served communities. Dr. Kirk’s scholarly interests also include promoting health equity and reducing health disparities among Black women using culturally adapted interventions. Dr. Kirk completed her predoctoral internship at the Detroit VA Medical Center and completed a postdoctoral residency in the Atlanta VA Health System. Her clinical interests include mental health promotion for minority communities, reducing race-based stress, and using sport, exercise, and performance psychology to promote mental wellness and improve overall quality of life for minorities most at risk for chronic physical ailments. Dr. Kirk is currently a clinical health psychologist for the Department of Defense. 



Registration Costs (per workshop): 

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 2, 2020 to receive this rate.)

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

Registration (After October 2, 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 October 9, 2020. No refunds will be given after October 9, 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.