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Cross-Cultural Couples Counseling: Strategies to Navigate Multiculturalism in Racial & Ethnic Diverse Couples

Kia James, EdD, LCPC, LPC |  Carol-Ann Trotman, LCPC |  Monika Ward, LCSW-C
6 Hours 14 Minutes
Jan 11, 2021
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If you are not bringing cultural background, race, moral beliefs and socioeconomic differences into the conversation during couples counselling, you are missing a critical step to be able to help your clients.

You may think it’s just a small disagreement they are bringing up in-session, but really the root of the disagreement could be embedded in cultural background, religious beliefs or how an individual was brought up. If you don’t help your struggling couples bring culture background/beliefs into the discussion, it turns into an argument of who is right and who is wrong and treatment progress is stalled.

Watch this workshop and learn how to provide your clients with the tools to clearly address cultural differences – even if they are addressing it for the first time individually or as a couple – so they can overcome racism, discrimination, socioeconomic, regional, educational or familial differences.

Watch three dynamic couples counselling experts Kia James EdD, LCPC, Monika Cope-Ward LCW-C, and Carol Ann Trotman LCPC that bring combined decades of experience with bi-racial, multiracial and cross-cultural couples and family counselling.

These experts will help you successfully identify, bring up and navigate cultural issues in the counselling relationship. Upon completing this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Facilitate a healthy dialogue with your clients about culture and its role in their relationship
  • Achieve a heightened awareness of personal unconscious biases and how those beliefs automatically influence work with couples of different backgrounds.
  • Identify and define culture based on the perspective “what really matters to people” and the many ways it expresses itself through ethnicity, race and nationality.
  • Improve their understanding of culture and subcultural components that impact the couplesocio/economic, religious, sexuality, gender, etc.

Purchase Today – Get the tools and ask the questions you were afraid to ask to empower your clients with your renewed confidence and cultural competency in couples counselling!



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Kia James, EdD, LCPC, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Adjunct Professor, and a Relationship Therapist. She specializes in helping people have the best relationship with their self, so they can also have strong healthy relationships with others. As a result of moving around frequently during her early years, she realized that how you view yourself in the world has a profound impact on your mental health and well-being; therefore, she dedicated her life to improving one’s mental and emotional health and creating healthy connections with others.

Dr. James provides individual and couples counseling. She also facilitates diversity training for therapists and teaches therapists how to deal with cultural diversity issues when working with couples. She graduated from Bowie State University with a BA in Psychology, and she continued her education, and gained her Masters and Doctorate in Counseling from Argosy University, also known as, The American School of Professional Psychology. Dr. James has completed the level 3 training with the Gottman institute, specializing in helping couples attain healthy relationships. She is also an approved Gottman Educator for the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kia James is co-owner of Relationship Boosters. She is an adjunct faculty at Trinity Washington University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kia James has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Trotman Psychotherapy and Consulting, LLC

Monika Ward, LCSW-C Related seminars and products

Monika Cope-Ward, LCSW-C earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University, Washington, D.C. She has been a licensed therapist practicing in Maryland since 2008.

Since 2001 she has worked in private and public mental health organizations providing services in settings such as community health programs for children and adults, outpatient mental health clinics and hospitals (inpatient and emergency department) and worked for many years as an auditor/trainer of mental health providers throughout the state of Maryland. Monika has received extensive training on Gottman couples therapy methods, sex therapy and has completed the Prepare/Enrich certification for therapists. She is passionate about helping people actualize their potential and relationships.

Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Monika Cope-Ward is co-owner of The Relationship Booster. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Monika Cope-Ward has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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  1. Determine the Issue of culture in the context of couples therapy.
  2. Distinguish the different types of cross-cultural couples counselling.
  3. Evaluate how to bring culture into the counselling session.
  4. Use culture as a tool during the assessment process.
  5. Address cultural issues in the context of therapy.
  6. Appraise strategies to facilitate effective communication.
  7. Assess couples counselling theories and interventions that work.


Why Culture Is Important in the Couples Counselling Relationship

  • What is culture? Why is it relevant?
  • Synthesizing culture & personal identity
  • The clinician’s self-assessment
  • Acknowledging your own cultural biases

Understanding Cross-Cultural Couples

  • Understanding cross-culturalism & multi-culturalism
  • Assess differences in geography/region, socioeconomic status
  • Assess differences in ethnicity, religion
  • Appraise differences and its impact of culture to relationships
  • Conversational tools, 3-session model and other interventions

Common Differences in Cross-Cultural Counselling

  • Understanding ‘cultural lens’ for you and your clients
  • How to recognize outside negative attitudes (i.e. discrimination)
  • How to educate your clients on each other’s culture and see their worldviews

Manage Family Confrontation and Address Racism Within the Family

  • How to resolve academic, religious educational, socioeconomic differences
  • How to address newsworthy, timely or political differences
  • Cultural avoidance & its negative impact to relationships

Help Your Couples Use Culture as a Strength

  • Assess their individual and shared culture in couples counselling
  • Formulate background history, upbringing, assimilation and acculturation stages
  • Differentiate between overt vs covert discriminatory practices

Couples Counselling Interventions

  • Help your clients create a culture in their household that works for them
  • Facilitate a thorough culturally relevant couples’ assessment
  • Exercises and case reviews

Target Audience

  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Couples Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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