Participants will gain knowledge for working effectively with
clients who have disabilities. Disability transcends race, ethnicity, class and gender; yet, it is often overlooked as an
important component in counselor training. Counselors, therefore, often lack some of the skills considered necessary for working
with individuals who experience disability as a factor in their lives. As a result, these clients' counseling needs are
often inappropriately addressed. In addition to examining multicultural awareness and knowledge and skills for working with
people who have disabilities, this program is designed to provide some tools for mental health counselors to use in addressing
Define cultural competence.
• Identify barriers to effective multicultural counseling/therapy.
existing awareness about diversity to disability.
• Describe Disability Identity Development.
barriers that clients with disabilities may experience during the initial session.
• Describe a culturally appropriate
intervention with respect to counseling people who have disabilities.
• Identify specific therapeutic challenges
in working with this population.
License Type and Number
MHCASC member? Yes_____No_____
$25 for MHCASC members
$35 for non-members
(both include CEUs)
Make checks payable to:
You may mail to the return address or pay at the door; however, please register in advance by phone or email
more information and to register by phone or email contact:
Diana Pack, R.N., RMHCI
Friday, March 13th, 2009
8:30 AM-12:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal
Church Parish Hall
610 Young St.
Melbourne, FL 32935
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This program has been approved by CE Broker, the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy
and Mental Health Counseling, the Florida Board of Psychology, the Florida Office of School Psychology and the Florida Council
of Dietetics and Nutrition for 3 continuing education contact hours.
Provider # 50-8477
About the Presenter
Dr. Sacco-Bene joined the Counseling Program in the Adrian Dominican School of Education at Barry
University in Miami Shores in 2005 and then joined the Orlando faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2007. Dr. Sacco-Bene holds
a B.S. in Child and Family Development - Human Services from Virginia Tech, an M.S.Ed. in Community Counseling from Old Dominion
University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the College of William and Mary. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor
and State Qualified Supervisor in Florida, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, and a National Certified Counselor.
Her professional interests include student professional identity development, supervision and disability studies. She has
presented at several state and national conferences on providing effective counseling services to people with disabilities.
8:30 Registration, Refreshments and Welcome
9:00 Overview of the History of Multicultural Counseling & Multicultural Counseling Competencies
Personal Dimensions of Identity
Considering Disability within Multicultural Counseling:
-Models of Disability
-Disability Identity Development
-Perceptions of Disability
10:30 Video Case Vignettes with Discussion:
-Specific therapeutic challenges
-Goals for the initial counseling session
11:45 Questions, Remarks, Evaluations