Clear guidance about how to proactively create safe spaces in the therapy room for all types of client diversity

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    Recent events have increased awareness about diversity as well as openness to growth, but other than reading new books, many are unclear as to what steps they can practically take to help a greater variety of clients and colleagues feel more comfortable in clinical settings. This course discusses practical and encouraging strategies for exploring personalized opportunities to make clinical improvements for immediate benefit of self, clients, and colleagues alike, ranging from hands-on strategies like considering how intake forms are designed to more complex ideas like evaluating one’s own inherent biases.

    Note: Client/therapist differences and individual factors may result in a treatment failure or loss of control by either or both people (therapist or client), and therapists are encouraged to consider the appropriateness of referring out and/or educating the client that they can choose a therapist of the same or differing characteristics if they prefer.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List three or more behaviors therapists can employ in their practices to facilitate client comfort relating to social justice concerns; Identify their practice’s current strengths as well as growth areas in which they and/or their organization can help diverse clients; Describe the idealogical differences between a perspective of ‘treating diverse clients’ and ’seeing every client as diverse’’

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Intermediate

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, sponsor, or instructor. Lambers is the author of a diversity-related book and articles, which he mentions as a potential resource during this course.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

    If you have special needs or need an accommodation, please email us at and we will do our best to assist you.

Expert Interviewee and Interviewer

Lambers Fisher, LMFT, MDiv

Cultural Diversity Expert

Lambers Fisher is a licensed marriage and family therapist, clinical supervisor, adjunct instructor, and national speaker on the topic of multicultural awareness and diversity. For over 18 years, Lambers has counseled individuals, couples, and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds, in private practice, non-profit, as well as ministry environments. Lambers’ Diversity Made Simple training has helped thousands of professionals around the country increase their cultural competence and strengthen cross-cultural relationships. Lambers helps professionals in various fields feel more comfortable, competent, and confident in their ability meet the needs of whomever they have the opportunity to serve. Visit him on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Check out his book Diversity in Clinical Practice: A Practical & Shame-Free Guide to Reducing Cultural Offenses & Repairing Cross-Cultural Relationships on Amazon.

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT

Interviewer & Clearly Clinical Founder

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter; Beth was formerly an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. Licensed in California and Oregon, she provides therapy via her private practice to young adult and adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. She has two young children, a super cool spouse who helps out with Clearly Clinical's tech, and a rescue dog.

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  • SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE: We donate to The Trevor Project for LGBTQIA+ youth suicide prevention

  • WOMEN-OWNED: We are founded and run by Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • DIVERSE: We highlight expert presenters from historically-marginalized communities

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