Cultural Responsiveness in Clinical Practice 

Presenter: Melanie M. Wilcox, PhD; Department of Psychological Sciences, Institute of Public & Preventive Health and Department of Psychiatry, Augusta University

Saturday, April 16th, 10 AM-12 PM.  Add 4/16 training to my google calendar
Description and Activities: The focus of this two-hour presentation is fundamentals of culturally responsive care. The presenter will join by teleconference. We will focus on fundamental concepts and definitions in cultural responsiveness more broadly such as privilege, oppression, and intersectionality, as well as common points of misunderstanding. We will discuss shifting from a cultural differences lens to a structural oppression lens, and the importance of understanding where our clients, as well as ourselves, are situated within such structures. The application of these concepts to psychotherapy will be discussed. Participants will be invited to engage in self-reflective discussion and activities during the presentation. 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define privilege, oppression, intersectionality, structural oppression 
  2. Describe the complex role of power in accurate definitions of privilege and oppression
  3. Explain the application of cultural responsiveness fundamentals to clinical care 
  4. Demonstrate self-awareness of one’s own positionality from a stance of critical self-compassion 
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Past Trainings

Politics & Aggression in the Office

Saturday, March 12th, 10 AM-12 PM.

Community Resilience Model Training

Saturday, October 16th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Alyssa Reynolds, LCSW, Certified Community Resiliency Model Facilitator and Clinical
Assistant Professor in the Boise State University School of Social Work and Amy Rust, LCSW,
Certified Community Resiliency Model Facilitator and Boise School District School Social
Worker will facilitate a Community Resiliency Model workshop.  

This Model was developed through the Trauma Resource Institute,  This is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which
cultivates trauma-informed and resiliency-focused individuals and communities worldwide.  One
of the two trainings that are offered is the Community Resiliency Mode (CRM)l.  Participants
learn about their nervous systems and easy-to-learn wellness skills to be used for self-care as
well as care for others. CRM uses a visual aid that helps individuals visualize being in their
resilience zone, when they may be bumped above it or below it.  It takes on a public health focus
and has been taught to professionals and non-professionals globally.  It is also a researched-
informed intervention. 

Learning Objectives:
 Describe how to read your nervous systems and become aware of differences between
sensations of distress and well-being.
 Identify skills to intentionally return to a place in mind, body and spirit where one can
handle life situations

Clinical Supervision Training – Friday, September 24th & Saturday September 25th 

When: Friday, September 24th & Saturday, September 25th

CEUs: 15 total CEUs will be available to meet State of Idaho Clinical Supervision training requirement



A Question of Ethics

Lori Watsen LCSW, Acting Vice President of the ISCSW and Clinical Associate Professor in the BSU School of Social Work and Charles S Pohl LCSW, Acting President of the ISCSW will present on professional ethics, discussing the function of licensing boards, compare and contrast the Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners Code of Professional Conduct and the Code of Ethics of the NASW.  The process for ethical complaints will be reviewed and attendees will have the opportunity to try their hands at evaluating hypothetical cases reflecting real life cases of ethics. 

Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

1) Describe the ethical functions of the Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners
2) Summarize the main areas of function of the Code of Professional Conduct and compare and contrast it with the Code of Ethics of the NASW
3) Demonstrate judiciousness in applying the Code of Professional Conduct to case material 

Description: We will watch a presentation given in the summer of 2020 via Zoom by Robin Chancer, LCSW (with permission from Robin and  The Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles.  Viewing of the presentation will be followed by a clinical conversation (45 minutes long) about the following:

  • What is the impact of our training on how we see the world?
  • What are some of the limitations and strengths of our training
  • What biases have been introduced to us through our training?

We will also discuss the worldviews inherent in theories, how western white biases have influenced our thinking and therapeutic approaches, and how we might expand our worldview given the inherent limitations therein.

Facilitators: ISCSW Acting President Charles Pohl LCSW,CGP and Eunice Stallman MD, a chief resident in psychiatry from the University of Washington at the Boise VA Medical Center.


Charles Dickens Anticipates Psychotherapy in
A Christmas Carol
Charles Pohl, LCSW, CGP

(*) The term “Christmas” is used to denote the traditional term for a day and a season without its traditional religious connotations intended although it certainly lends itself to that for those who are so inclined.

Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the general premises of psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • List and describe the stages of group development
  • Describe how their own life events have helped shape their characters and influenced their clinical practices.

When: Saturday, December 5, 2020