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Cultural Competency and Ethics Workshop: Multicultural Competence in a Changing World: An Ethical Imperative (3 hours)
Friday, September 18, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
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Cultural Competency and Ethics Workshop (6 Hours)

Dr. Melba Vasquez is a Past President of the American Psychological Association (APA), and is the first Latina and woman of color of 120 presidencies of APA to serve in that role. Previous to her APA presidency, Dr. Vasquez served a term on the APA Board of Directors.  She is a former president of the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) and of Divisions 35 (Society of Psychology of Women) and 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) of the APA. She is a co-founder of APA Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit.

She is interested in promoting leadership activities, and served as Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP), was a faculty member for the APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) Leadership Academy (for 2013-2014), as well as the faculty for the Leadership Development of the APA State Leadership Conference Diversity Delegates (2013-2015). Ethics has been an area of interest, and Dr. Vasquez served as co-chair of the 2016-2017 APA Commission on Ethics Processes.

6 CE Hours available

Multicultural Competence in a Changing World:  An Ethical Imperative (3 hours)
September 18, 2020
9am - 12:30pm

Dilemmas in Ethical Practice and Strategies for Decision Making (3 hours)
September 25, 2020
1pm - 4:30pm


    IPA Member - $60, one day; $100, two days
    Non IPA Member - $75, one day; $125, two days
    Student IPA Member - Free
    Non Student Member - $30, one day; $50 two days

Zoom: credentials will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

Click here to register for Multicultural Competence in a Changing World: An Ethical Imperative (3 Hours)

The changing demographics of this country may serve to widen the existing gaps of mental health providers to provide culturally competent services. Cultural competence includes the understanding how culture influences the experiences of distress, dysfunction, strength and resilience. The purpose of this talk is to provide an evidence-based analysis of how one may develop culturally appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes. A review of evidence-based analysis will be provided of how providers may unintentionally interfere with development of quality alliances with those different from them, and how this may contribute to barriers to effective culturally competent services. Strategies to reduce bias and enhance effectiveness will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. recognize APA Ethics Code standards relevant to diverse populations.
  2. be able to list two potential obstacles to providing competent services for members of diverse populations
  3. be able to identify two positive strategies based on multicultural and feminist ethics for increase in competency for delivery of services to diverse groups.

Dilemmas in Ethical Practice and Strategies for Decision Making (3 hours)

This  workshop will present an overview of the various ethical dilemmas and challenges faced by psychologists in their clinical work.  Available data of vulnerable areas for practitioners will be provided to increase practitioner's awareness, including from the Insurance Trust regarding primary allegations in losses; the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) summary of reported disciplinary actions for psychologists by licensing boards; and the American Psychological Association Ethics Office summary of number and types of complaints.  Strategies to prevent violations will be reviewed, including basic tasks for professional ethics, moral principles that underlie the Ethics Code standards, and information from various guidelines. A model for resolving ethical dilemmas will be provided as foundation for developing an ethical orientation to aid in ethical decision making. An update on the revision of the APA Ethics Code will be provided.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Be able to identify three of the five general principles that underlie all APA Ethics Code Standards
  2. List three areas of vulnerable areas for practitioners
  3. Identify three key steps in ethical decision making

9am - 9:15am
  • Introductions and housekeeping

9:15am - 10:45am

  • Program

10:45am - 11am

  • Break

11am - 12:30pm

  • Program


Dilemmas in Ethical Practice and Strategies for Decision Making (3 hours)
September 25, 2020

1pm - 1:15pm
  • Introductions and housekeeping

1:15pm - 2:45pm

  • Program

2:45pm - 3pm

  • Break

3pm - 4:30pm

  • Program

Continuing Education

CE will be emailed to attendees that have participated in the program and who have requested documentation.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

IPA will offer a full refund to registrants who cancel their registration prior to 7 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 7 days of the event, no refund will be offered.


Contact: Suzanne Hull, [email protected]