The presence of mental health disparities for individuals with marginalized identities (e.g., racial/ethnic minority people) has been well-documented. In an effort to address these disparities, mental health care providers have long called for therapeutic approaches that are culturally relevant and appropriate to the diverse communities being served. In an effort to address this need, the Multicultural Orientation (MCO) framework, consisting of the three pillars of cultural humility, cultural opportunities, and cultural comfort, was developed. In particular, research on cultural humility has shown promising results. This presentation is designed to provide health professionals with an introduction to the MCO framework, and cultural humility in particular. Among the topics to be discussed are the assessment of cultural humility, up-to-date research on the links of cultural humility to the therapy process and outcome variables with diverse groups, including Dr. DeBlaere’s own, and exercises to engage cultural humility as a mental health care provider.
Cirleen DeBlaere, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Counseling Psychology doctoral program in the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at Georgia State University. Her research and professional interests focus on examining the experiences of individuals with marginalized identities (e.g., racial/ethnic minority people, sexual and gender minority people), with a particular emphasis on the experiences of individuals with intersecting marginalized identities (e.g., women of Color, sexual minority people of Color). She also investigates constructs that may promote health and wellness in the context of minority stress (e.g., collective action) and therapy (e.g., cultural humility).
Dr. DeBlaere's research has been published in premier journals in her field and culminated in approximately 70 publications, two co-authored books, and over 100 national and international presentations. Dr. DeBlaere’s work has also been recognized with several national awards, including the 2011 TCP Major Contribution Award (APA, Society of Counseling Psychology), the 2012 Research on Psychotherapy with Women Award (APA, Society for the Psychology of Women), the 2012 Women of Color Psychologies Award (Association for Women in Psychology), the 2018 Evelyn Hooker Award for Distinguished Contribution by an Ally (APA, Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), and the 2019 Woman of the Year Award (Section on Women, Society of Counseling Psychology). She is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Beyond her research, Dr. DeBlaere’s investment in issues of multiculturalism and social justice extend to professional leadership (e.g., Vice President for Diversity and the Public Interest) and training.
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