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CMTP Seminars

Mentoring & Topics in Multicultural Psychology & Systems Issues (All Staff)

This weekly seminar is chaired by an intern and attended by the Program Director, Primary Supervisors, Program Staff and Interns. The agendas for these seminar meetings are set at the beginning of each meeting and include such items as information exchange, general operational issues or notices, program review and announcements. This meeting is an important forum for the discussion of administrative issues and for fostering open communication, role modeling, and growth-producing interactions among the faculty, staff and interns.

Multicultural Family Therapy Seminar (David Trimble, PH.D)

This seminar meets twice monthly for two hours per session. The seminar covers family therapy theory and practice from a multicultural perspective. Interns start the year with a wide range of experience in the study or practice of family therapy. The seminar is designed to help all interns increase their practical familiarity with culturally competent family therapy, and to learn a culturally sensitive family perspective that will be useful in a range of settings - in individual, family, or community practice, psychological evaluation or forensic practice. It combines didactic and experiential learning, discussion of assigned readings and case discussion. David Trimble, Ph.D. coordinates the seminar. Guest lecturers include Jodie Kliman, Ph.D., Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Ed.D., Jay King, Ph.D., Hugo Kamya, Ph.D, and. Roxanna Llerena-Quinn, Ph.D. These faculty members comprise the Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices, a multicultural group of senior family therapists who have long associations with CMTP. Dr. Trimble has supervised and taught in CMTP for nearly forty years.

Research/Dissertation Support Seminar (Kermit A. Crawford, PH.D)

This one-and-a-half hour seminar will be conducted once per month. The focus of this seminar is consistent with CMTP’s Primary Objective # 4. In order to achieve at the highest levels of the profession, a doctoral degree is required. While some interns complete their dissertations or major research projects pre-internship, most do not. This course is intended to facilitate interns’ completion of their dissertations or major research projects during the internship year. This seminar has three components. One component consists of discussions about the process, barriers to and facilitators of success, and methods for completion of dissertations and/or major projects.

The second component is aimed at providing technical assistance to the research where feasible (i.e. consultation on data analysis, writing support, statistics consultation, etc.). The third component, dissertation support, consists of interns presenting their planned or completed dissertation and/or research to the faculty for critique, support and feedback. This seminar is participatory and peer-support oriented. Over the past few years more than 80% of interns have completed their dissertations or major projects during the internship training year at CMTP. Interns who have completed their dissertations or major projects pre-internship are encouraged and supported to conduct research, publish and/or present at conferences or the APA convention. Dr. Crawford leads this seminar.

Multicultural Psychotherapy Case Conference Seminar (Shamalia Khan, PH.D)

In keeping with the mission of the CMTP, to “train ethnic minority and other cross-culturally oriented Psychologists to work with inner-city, low income and racially/ethnically diverse populations”, this seminar offers to increase the competence of our interns in working with patients from diverse backgrounds (race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation etc.) and providing culturally-sensitive and attuned mental health care. Held throughout the year, on a monthly basis, this seminar explores clinical case material that involves multicultural issues. It aims at providing direct instruction, clinical exploration and consultation regarding culturally sensitive mental health practice. As part of the seminar, all interns are encouraged to examine their own worldviews, values and biases as well as the ways in which their personal cultural framework impacts clinical practice. They are also encouraged to learn about the values, life experience and concerns of many different cultural communities that their patients bring to fore. In preparation for the case conference presentations, interns are expected to review current theoretical models on multicultural therapy, identity development models (Racial/Bicultural, LGBT, White identity, etc.) and explore implications for clinical encounters.

Design & Delivery of Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Services (Shani Dowd, LHD-[HC] )

The objectives of this two-hour seminar, which meets three times per month, is intended to introduce interns to key issues and themes in managing systems of care designed to provide mental health services to the underserved populations. Discussion focused on key concepts will be blended with naturalistic observation exercises at placement sites, self-exploration, readings and other activities. Activities are designed to engage the intern in both exploration and critical analysis. Brief didactic presentations will review and reinforce key concepts. Placement sites will be used to provide an opportunity for learning about common organizational challenges, and other dimensions of difference in the design and delivery of services to underserved communities.

Psychological Testing Seminar (Robyn Glover, PH.D)

The Psychological Testing Seminar meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays for 120 minutes each. It has three principal objectives: to present evidence-based concepts and practices related to psychological testing and clinical case formulation; to review instruments and issues relevant to effective and appropriate cross-cultural assessment; to provide additional support/supervision for on-site testing experiences and clinical cases. Topic areas for the course include: general testing issues (e.g., ethics, report writing, test selection), projective testing, personality assessment, working with special populations (e.g., children, elderly, refugees), and selected topics in neuropsychological assessment (e.g., executive functioning, HIV/AIDS sequelae).

Within each of these areas, multicultural considerations regarding interpretation, conceptualization, and diagnosis are a primary focus. Additionally, interns will continue developing competencies in working with diverse populations, particularly with respect to economic status and racial, ethnic, and cultural identity. Seminars are made up of lectures, active group discussion, and intern presentations of cases and topics of interest. Faculty members and guest lecturers will also regularly share expertise in related fields.

Topical Seminars in Multicultural Psychology

This seminar will meet on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The purpose of this seminar will be to develop the ability of multicultural Psychologists to assume leadership positions in the field. This course will focus on current issues, ethics, supervision, historical trends, administrative/managerial challenges and strategies, budgeting, program evaluation, conflict resolution, life-balance and networking aimed at the advancement of junior colleagues as leaders in the field of multicultural Psychology. This seminar will be led by Psychologists and other mental health professionals outside an including CMTP faculty who present on various relevant topical issues in Psychology.