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Multicultural Counseling: Serving Clients with Disabilities


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 this population.

Learning Objectives

• Define cultural competence.
• Identify barriers to effective multicultural counseling/therapy.
• Expand existing awareness about diversity to disability.
• Describe Disability Identity Development.
• Identify 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.


Registration Information





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Fee: $25 for MHCASC members
$35 for non-members
(both include CEUs)


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You may mail to the return address or pay at the door; however, please register in advance by phone or email


For 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.

Continuing Education
Provider # 50-8477
(Expires 3/31/11)


About the Presenter

Christine Sacco-Bene, PhD

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

10:15 Break

10:30 Video Case Vignettes with Discussion:
-Specific therapeutic challenges
-Therapist factors
-Goals for the initial counseling session

11:45 Questions, Remarks, Evaluations



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