MPA Minnesota Multicultural Conference: Difficult Dialogues and Healing Conversations

Friday, September 21, 2018

Conference Schedule at a Glance
CE: 6 hours of continuing education credits
Program is subject to change at any time without notice.
8:00 - 8:30 am Registration & Light Breakfast (continental with eggs)*
8:30 am Opening Session
  Introductory Remarks

Bruce Bobbitt, Ph.D., LP; President, Minnesota Psychological Association

  Traditional Pipe Ceremony
Richard Wright, LADC
 

Keynote Presentation: Persisting in the Face of Poverty
Rosie Phillips Davis (formerly Bingham), Ph.D., ABPP; 2018 President-Elect, American Psychological Association

18.5 million people live in deep poverty (below 50% of the poverty line) in the United States. The associations between poverty and indicators of behavioral, mental, and physical health are well documented by psychological research spanning several decades.

Some believe that poverty is the result of personal failings and poor decision making rather than structural, systemic contributors. The just world hypothesis states that people believe that the world is basically fair, so people get what they deserve. This presentation will highlight aspects of poverty and challenge the audience to consider 1) what psychology as a profession has to offer to help ameliorate poverty and 2) what each audience member can do to impact poverty.

10:15 am

Break*

10:30 am

Difficult Dialogues
Prominent members of culturally diverse communities will facilitate difficult dialogues among attendees. Specific issues to address will be related to challenges faced within these cultural communities particularly as they experience behavioral health challenges in their daily lives, and as they seek professional assistance with those challenges. The dialog will include an integration of lived experience with the research base in each area.

Dialogue Facilitators:

Is There Room for Freedom of Conscience & Choice in Therapy Decision Making?
Harriett Haynes, Ph.D., LP; Anesh Patel, Psy.D., LP

When I Say ‘Race’ People Run: Barriers to Conversations Addressing Black and White Race Relations in America and Strategies to Overcome Them
BraVada Garrett Akinsanya, Ph.D., LP; Jim Ayers, Ph.D., LP

How Queer is too Queer?  Engaging in Alternative Sexual Practices and Relational Structures as a Sexual or Gender Minority
Tera Jansen, Psy.D., LP, CST; Lisa Johnson, Psy.D., LP, LMFT

When Did it Become "Historical" Trauma?: How We Continue to Oppress Native People Through Systems and Policies
Sierra Yazzie Asamoa-Tutu, M.S.W., LICSW; Robert Klanderud

12:00 pm Lunch (included with registration)*
1:15 pm

Difficult Dialogues
Prominent members of culturally diverse communities will facilitate difficult dialogues among attendees. Specific issues to address will be related to challenges faced within these cultural communities particularly as they experience behavioral health challenges in their daily lives, and as they seek professional assistance with those challenges. The dialog will include an integration of lived experience with the research base in each area.

Dialogue Facilitators:

Black Men…Are We Really That Scary?
Willie Garrett, Ed.D., M.S., LP, CEAP; Devon Gilchrist, M.S.W.

By Whose Yardstick are We Measuring Qualifications?: The Barriers of Sentences that Start with, "I'd Love to Hire More Staff of Color But..."
PaHoua Yang, Ph.D., LICSW, LP; Alyssa Vang, Psy.D., LP

Understanding Your White Privilege: A Foundation for Multicultural Advocacy
Jean Chagnon, Ph.D., LP; Maggie George, M.B.A., CPCC

Chasing the American Dream: Is it Really Worth it?
Macarena Corral, Psy.D., LP; Nicole Slavik, Psy.D., LP

2:45 pm

Break*

 3:00 pm Closing Plenary Session
 

Town Hall Dialogue - The Healing Heart

Rosie Phillips Davis (formerly Bingham), Ph.D., ABPP; 2018 President-Elect, American Psychological Association

Dr. Davis will facilitate a community conversation to bring closure to the day, moving participants to a place of healing while also reinforcing what was learned. This discussion will include integration with the relevant research base.

  Closing Ceremony - Native Women's Healing Drumming Ritual
4:30 pm Conference Adjourns*


*CE credits not awarded for these activities

Intermediate: Assumes post-doctoral education status and general familiarity with topic.

 

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.