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Join NASW Virginia for the 1st Annual Ethics Symposium
When: November 18th, 2016
Where: Charlottesville, VA
(location to be determined, registrants will be emailed once confirmed)
Eligible for 6 Ethics Hours!
Breakfast and Lunch included with registration
$110 - NASW Members
$152 - Non-Members
*Includes breakfast, lunch, and CE certificate emailed following the symposium
On the Diagnosis and ‘Treatment’ of Homosexuality: When Prejudice Masquerades As Science”: An Ethical Retrospective
Few people know the civil rights struggle of how the diagnosis of homosexuality evolved and was finally deleted from psychiatry's official nomenclature. Over the years, many people suffered severe psychological injury by the very people who were ostensibly there to help them. Some of this tragic legacy continues today. This multi-media presentation begins in the 1950’s and takes the audience through the tumultuous 60’s and 70’s up to the present to demonstrate the legacy and implications of psychiatry’s once implacable position that “homosexuality is treatable psychopathology.” Attendees will see a scholarly but compelling power point presentation, view clips of once popular movies, and hear audio interviews from gay activists and establishment psychiatrists of that era, to see how internalized prejudicial attitudes affect everyone, including those who come asking for help and those who provide treatment.
Objectives: Attendees will...
- Learn how the diagnosis of homosexuality has evolved within psychiatry's official nomenclature.
- Understand how social activism compelled psychiatry to examine its reasoning and its methods.
- Appreciate how internalized prejudicial attitudes affect everyone, including those who come asking for help and those who provide treatment.
Presenter: William S. Meyer, MSW (click for bio)
Ethics and Multicultural Competency
As a field of study, multicultural counseling is relatively new. It has evolved through the past 30 years or so and continues to evolve today. Multicultural competency will become even more essential as we progress further into the 21st century. The triad of client/family, counselor and supervisor will likely consist of individuals with different backgrounds. Culture shapes our assumptions. It influences what we think and the way we think.
Traditional (Western) counseling methods often fail to meet the needs of many of our diverse clients in today’s society. Becoming a competent multicultural counselor begins with self-awareness and continues with ongoing knowledge and skill-building. With attention to the necessary knowledge, awareness, and skills on the counselor’s part, service recipients will then increasingly receive the kind of attention and ethical practice they need and deserve.
- Openly and honestly address and discuss multicultural issues.
- Gain a deeper understanding of cultural differences and ways to approach them.
- Assess acculturation and racial identity development.
- Generate alternative “culturally competent” solutions of ethical dilemmas.
Presenter: J. Patrick Slifka, LCSW (click for bio)