Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to...

  • 1. Assess your own cultural experiences and consider how that impacts your clinical work

  • 2. Utilize the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) in session with clients

  • 3. Evaluate the role of language in assessment

  • 4. Create a culturally-sensitive satisfaction survey to give clients

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Course Outline

  • 1


    • Welcome Message from Dr. Brewer

    • Course Instruction Video

    • Course Description and Objectives

  • 2


    • Course Resources

    • Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI)

    • Cultural Formulation Interview (Informant Version)

    • Cultural Formulation Interview (Supplementary Modules)

    • Promoting Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency (Self-Assessment)

    • Resource on Personal Pronouns

    • Using Person-Centered Language (Tip Sheet)

    • Additional Web Resources

  • 3

    Course Video & Materials

    • Presentation Handout (to follow along with video)

    • Culturally-Informed Assessment (Narrated Recording)

    • Personal Framework Self-Check

    • Culturally Senstive Client Satisfaction Survey

    • Course References

  • 4


    • Congratulations!

    • Evaluation

    • Post-Test

Course Description

Being culturally-informed requires an ability to assess your own cultural experiences, biases, and competencies in addition to your clients’ experiences, perceptions, and identities.  There are many tools available to effectively assess culture and the impact it may have in the counseling relationship.  In this course, you will learn how to reflect on your own experiences, use structured assessments to explore your clients’ culture, determine cultural implications for counseling, consider the importance of language including using person-first versus identity-first language, and survey your clients’ satisfaction with services provided with an emphasis on their cultural experiences.

Facilitator:  Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC

Dr. Brewer is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Kansas.  She has earned a PhD in psychology, a Master's degree in professional mental health counseling, and a Master's certificate in healthcare leadership and management. Dr. Brewer is also a national certified counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, licensure supervisor for professional counselors in Missouri, and a board approved clinical supervisor for professional counselors in Kansas.

Learning Level: Basic 

Target Audience: This course is designed for professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses, and other health care professionals.

Continuing Education: To obtain the certificate of completion for the 1.5 hours associated with this course, the participant will need to complete the online course and earn a passing score of 75% on the post-test.

Each course offered designates the number of clock hours.  Be sure to check with your professional board as they will specify how many CE/CEU hours are equal to one clock hour (e.g., 1 CE = 50 minutes, 1 CE = 60 minutes). 

This course has been approved by the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers for 1.5 hours of continuing education.

Cultural Competency Training Requirement - Starting with renewal in 2022, Missouri licensed social workers are now required to have a minimum of 3 hours of training related to cultural competency for each renewal period.  “Division 2263—State Committee for Social Workers Chapter 2—Licensure Requirements.  20 CSR 2263-2.082 Continuing Education. (2) As part of the thirty (30) continuing education (CE) hours required for each renewal cycle, each applicant for renewal or reinstatement of a license shall complete— (C) Three (3) hours devoted exclusively to explicit or implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, or cultural awareness / competency / humility.”

Institute for Psychological Advancement has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider™, ACEP No. 7124. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Institute for Psychological Advancement is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 1.5 NBCC hours.

The content of this course may meet requirements for continuing education for most national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Many boards and professional organizations will accept continuing education that is relevant to each profession (i.e., for professional counselors content must be primarily related to counseling, for psychologists content must be mostly psychological, and so on) and/or that has been approved by another professional association in the human services field.  Be sure to print the event description and submit with your certificate of attendance to your professional board for consideration.  For rules governing continuing education and to confirm whether this course qualifies for continuing education, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.  Participants may also contact IPA and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Registration:  Registration for online courses is available on our website.  For manual registration or payment by check, please contact IPA.