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Culturally Responsive Clinical Supervision: Ethical and Trauma-Informed Multicultural Supervision Strategies

Sonja Sutherland, LPC, PhD
Approx. 6 Hours
Sep 02, 2022
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As a supervisor, I struggled with knowing how to teach my supervisees how to be culturally competent.

My students knew all of the multicultural theories and models, but they weren’t engaging with clients effectively.

Then I discovered a how to make my supervision method antiracist – by teaching and modeling key ways to broach the topics of race and racial trauma… showing supervisees how to utilize the dynamic interaction of difference within supervision sessions… and demonstrating how to integrate multicultural theory into a cohesive intervention approach.

Watch me in my advanced supervision workshop and I’ll share this essential information with you. We’ll go beyond the basics together, and you’ll get:

  • Tools for teaching supervisees how to therapeutically discuss race, culture, power, privilege, oppression, and intersectionality
  • A roadmap for ethical, culturally-rooted and trauma-informed case conceptualization
  • Guidance for delivering social justice-drive intervention and advocacy

Don’t miss this opportunity to become a culturally responsive supervisor!

Purchase today!

Sonja Sutherland, PhD, LPC


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Sonja Sutherland, LPC, PhD's Profile

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Dr. Sonja Sutherland, LPC, PhD, has been an expert in the mental health field for over 20 years and has provided therapeutic services in many different settings for both adolescents and adults through individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Her ongoing research interests include training clinicians and supervisors in the development of cross-cultural responsivity. Within the last 6 years, Dr. Sutherland has provided training, researched, and published in the areas of racial trauma, cultural competence development, the provision of culturally responsive clinical intervention and supervision, and social justice advocacy. Dr. Sutherland’s primary clinical practice currently centers on providing clinical supervision services to post-master’s clinicians pursuing licensure.

Dr. Sutherland has served as a guest lecturer, trainer and presenter for various organizations including Kaiser, ESPYR, Telehealth Certification Institute, the Georgia Psychological Association, and many others. Dr. Sutherland is currently a Core Faculty member at Walden University as well as the founder and CEO of Legacy Changers Worldwide, an organization dedicated to providing family education and mental and emotional wellness resources. In addition, Dr. Sutherland provides continuing education workshops and supervision through Legacy Professional Development & Training as well as being the Chief Diversity Consultant to the President for Richmont Graduate University. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD), the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), and the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Sonja Sutherland has employment relationships with Walden University, Richmont Graduate University, Legacy Changers Worldwide, and Legacy Professional Development & Training, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Sonja Sutherland is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, and the Association for Multicultural Development.

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  1. Analyze the impact of cultural humility and self-and-other awareness on rapport building and intervention success in supervisory relationships.
  2. Develop steps for clearly approaching antiracist, culturally-rooted, and trauma-informed case conceptualization in supervision.
  3. Apply understanding of worldview and racial identity to ethical supervisee development and clinical case conceptualization.
  4. Determine key factors in fostering ethical, culturally humble, and clinically helpful conversations around race and diversity in supervision.
  5. Integrate the developmental language and focus needed for personal and supervisee cultural competence assessment and development.
  6. Apply professional codes of ethics in the area of multicultural competence and supervision.
  7. Utilize case conceptualization guides to enhance intervention effectiveness in multicultural supervision.


Privilege, Marginalization, and Intersectionality
  • Discuss privilege, marginalization and intersectionality
  • Supervisor/supervisee differences and the impact on the supervision relationship
  • Encourage self-awareness and accountability in supervisees
  • Increase supervisor self-awareness and development of antiracist supervision
  • Tools for assessing barriers to cultural competence
Broaching Race and Racial Trauma with Supervisees
  • Microaggressions and race-based trauma
  • Health ramifications of race-based and secondary traumatic stress
  • Racial battle fatigue – causes and stress reactions
  • Racial socialization and impact on clinical and supervisory practice
  • Ask clients directly about discrimination, racial stress, and racial trauma
  • Translate distinct multicultural models into a cohesive approach to intervention
  • Therapeutic missteps in incorrectly assessing, conceptualizing, and contextualizing contributors to supervisee worldview
  • Clarify importance of intersectionality in supervisors, supervisees, and client case conceptualization
  • Understand socio-political context when assessing the presentations of supervisees and their clients
  • Understand and utilize the dynamic interaction of difference within supervision and counseling relationships
  • Teach supervisees the use of client case conceptualization guide for assessing key diversity-related contributors to client presentation
Theoretical Model of Cross-Cultural Civility & Intelligence Mindset Development
  • 4-stage theoretical model of cross-cultural civility, intelligence, and competence development
  • Racial and cultural identity development
  • Cultural humility
  • Multicultural & social justice considerations
  • Transtheoretical stages of change
  • Inter-and-intrapersonal civility mindset development
  • The personal and professional processes of being-in-becoming
Supervisor Ethics and Responsibilities
  • Train future clinicians with best practices in cultural competence
  • Eliminate bias in assessment and treatment
  • Develop cultural sensitivity through personal value awareness
  • Identify supervisor positionality to race and ethnicity
Case Studies
  • Explore 3 separate case studies featuring supervisees and clients of differing or opposing backgrounds
  • Discussion of four supervisor case examples in varying stages of development with discussion on components of personalized professional development plans related to cultural competence
  • 2021 interviews with early-career clinicians discussing perspectives on what is needed from a supervisor related to cultural competence

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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