SVPA's May "Light Bites" Series: “Taking Ethical Responsibility: Addressing Multicultural Ruptures”

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826 Room #209


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“Taking Ethical Responsibility: Addressing Multicultural Ruptures”


Ryan A. Cheperka, Ph.D.

Sheetal Shah, Ph.D.

Address of presentation:

Sutter Center for Psychiatry
7700 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95826
Room #209.


Date: Tuesday, May 20th from 7–9 pm

CEs: 1.5

Course Description:

Relational-Cultural Therapy discusses the crucial role of "disconnections" within relationships, particularly when multicultural differences, stratifications, and privilege are involved.

Mental health professionals are likely to experience disconnections in therapy, and how we deal with them is directly related to ethical principles. Often these disconnections arise from multicultural ruptures created by either the therapist or client, or both, highlighting the increased need for ethical awareness. Multicultural knowledge and skills are important to providing ethically competent services, and a skill that is often lacking is how to repair ruptures that pertain to multicultural issues. Relational-Cultural Therapy will be discussed and examples of skills will be used to address the important task of repairing multicultural ruptures in the therapeutic arena.Presenters will use a combination of didactic, experiential, and process-oriented learning techniques.


As a result of this presentation, participants will:

1) be able to give examples of multicultural ruptures and their emotional impact;

2) have a better understanding of power and privilege in the therapeutic dynamic; have an opportunity for self-reflection of personal multicultural experiences;

3) better understand the role of avoidance and shame in the multicultural therapeutic milieu;

4) learn strategies and skills that can be utilized in the multicultural therapeutic context;

5) better understand connections between the APA Ethics Code (2010) and multicultural competency;

6) learn ways to open and continue dialogue and learning within multicultural therapy.


- American Psychological Association. (2002). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. American Psychologist, 57, 1060-1073.

- American Psychological Association. (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Washington, DC.

- Jordan, J. (2010). Relational-cultural therapy. American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.

Level of presentation:

This presentation is at an “introductory” level and is appropriate for all mental health professionals and students.

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