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Digital Seminar

Race, Culture, and Diversity in Therapy: A Step-by-Step Approach for Transforming Difficult Conversations to Create Change

Anatasia Kim, PhD
2 Hours
Jun 14, 2022
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This training aims to help therapists and supervisors develop a greater capacity for constructive conversations about race, culture, and diversity. It is designed to help build concrete skills that center relational connection while supporting social justice goals and values.

The training will address 3 main questions: (1) Why are conversations about race, culture, and diversity so difficult? (2) What gets in our way? (3) What can we do differently to have greater efficacy and impact?

The Kim Constructive Conversations Model (KCCM) will be introduced as a means to support difficult conversations about race, culture, and diversity in psychotherapy and supervision. The step-by-step approach is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Buddhist Psychology. It is designed to build both greater awareness and skills to enhance practical implementation. Vignettes and case examples will be used to help illustrate the steps of the KCCM.

Finally, participants will be invited to: (1) identify personal areas for growth and (2) develop an individualized action plan to enhance practice and accountability.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Anatasia Kim, PhD's Profile

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Anatasia Kim, PhD, is a clinician and an associate professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She’s the lead author of It’s Time to Talk (and Listen): How to Have Constructive Conversations about Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability, and Gender in a Polarized World, and the upcoming Clinical Psychology Internship for Underrepresented Students: An Inclusive Approach Toward Higher Education.


  1. Describe at least 2 reasons why conversations about race, culture, and diversity are so difficult. 
  2. Identify at least 2 barriers to having constructive conversations about race, culture, and diversity with clients/supervisees. 
  3. Describe the 8 steps of the Kim Constructive Conversations Model.
  4. Develop an individualized plan with at least 2 action steps for having constructive conversations about race, culture, and diversity with clients/supervisees. 


Part I: Why race, culture, and diversity matter in therapy 
  • An ethical and moral mandate
  • Why these conversations are difficult
  • Common missteps by therapists
Part II: Kim Constructive Conversations Model (KCCM)
  • Overview and theoretical underpinnings of KCCM 
  • Preparation Phase: Steps 1-3
  • Invitation Phase: Steps 4-5
  • Conversation Phase: Steps 6-7
  • Repetition Phase: Step 8
Part III: An individualized plan 
  • Identifying areas for growth
  • Developing a game plan

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Social Workers

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