Key guidance about how to supervise early-career clinicians as they serve BIPOC children/teens

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    Early-career supervisees working effectively with children can have a steep learning curve. Notably, when working with depression, anxiety, aggression, and other presentations in BIPOC children, it require more than clinical understanding of these mental health concerns… it requires understanding of racial trauma and the influence of school-related racism and implicit bias on these mental health presentations. This workshop provides clinical and education system considerations that supervisors can utilize to guide supervisees working with BIPOC children.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Describe how implicit bias influences interactions in the educational setting; Explain the connections between negative race-related school interactions and mental health presentation; List three or more steps supervisors can take to help supervisees develop interventions that are culturally-responsive, racial-trauma-informed, and advocacy-driven

    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, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content. The instructor, Dr. Sonja Sutherland, developed the The Cross-Cultural Civility-Mindset Developmental Model, which this course discusses in detail. Dr. Sutherland also mentions her website and trainings as additional resources for learners.

  • 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

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Interviewee and Interviewer

Dr. Sonja A. Sutherland, LPC, ACS, BC-TMH

Cultural Diversity Expert

Dr. Sonja Sutherland trains graduate-level counselors-in-training as a Core Faculty member at Walden University. She is also the Chief Diversity Consultant to the President for Richmont Graduate University. Prior to beginning her tenure at Walden, Dr. Sutherland served at Richmont as an Associate Professor, the Dean of Assessment, Planning, and Accreditation overseeing programmatic and institutional accreditation, and was the Inaugural Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In the mental health field since 1998, and licensed since 2001, Dr. Sutherland has provided therapeutic services in the private practice, psychiatric residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings, for adolescents and adults, through individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Within the last 6 years, Dr. Sutherland has provided training, researched, and published in the areas of racial trauma, cultural competence development and training, 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-masters clinicians pursuing licensure.

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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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