The Intersection Between Diversity and Multicultural Competencies and 

Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Practice

With Jane E. Atieno Okech, Ph.D., NCC 

April 27, 2018

Capitol Plaza, 100 State Street, Montpelier


5 CEUs Pending for LMHCs, LMFT's and LICSWs

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This workshop will provide a stimulating and safe environment for participants to engage in a focused examination of the intersection between ethical principles and standards of practice, personal growth and development, and diversity and multicultural competencies. While all issues of diversity will be referenced in general, the core of this workshop will be focused on ethical underpinnings of practice with clients from diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Dr. Okech will examine ethical counselor engagement, decision-making and intervention strategies that have been demonstrated to be effective when working with clients of diverse cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds. Espousing the belief that the journey to diversity and cultural competence is an evolving and dynamic experience, Dr. Okech will incorporate participants’ personal growth and development experiences in every aspect of the workshop’s discussions.

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