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An Intercultural Approach to Diversity Work: Effective Cultural Frameworks and Polyvagal Informed Skills

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Start Date: 03/12/2021

End Date: 03/14/2021

An Intercultural Approach to Diversity Work:
Effective Cultural Frameworks and Polyvagal Informed Skills

For a deep look into intercultural work and a solid way to increase intercultural effectiveness, please consider joining me for my new workshop! This live online three-day workshop is an expanded version of my two-day workshop, which is a comprehensive foundation in an intercultural approach to diversity work. The primary addition will be a Polyvagal-informed approach to intercultural work.

Intercultural communication is not generally taught in psychology, social work, or counseling graduate diversity classes. This is an opportunity to learn about how to “fill a gap” in your training.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • How intercultural communication (IC) differs from traditional approaches to diversity used in psychology, and how it is complementary

  • Intercultural sensitivity (it is a precursor for intercultural effectiveness and needed for intercultural empathy)

  • 12 key cultural dimensions for an effective cultural analysis

  • Apply the dimensions to culture and emotion, conflict, and interactions

  • Client applications and related exercises

  • Learn how starting with culture-general models can contribute to decreased bias

  • Working at the intersection of intercultural communication and social justice work

  • Review of key Polyvagal Theory concepts and skills

  • How to integrate and apply Polyvagal informed skills to intercultural work and decreasing polarization

14.25 CE hours for mental health professionals

This workshop is designed to meet the criteria for the Oregon Cultural Competency Continuing Education requirement.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (includes APA-approval) for the following professions:

Psychologists, Social Workers, LPC/LMFT's.

It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

There are only a limited number of seats for this workshop!

This workshop is for mental health professionals, but advanced graduate students (e.g., psychology, social work, counseling) interested in this topic are welcome. People in related fields (e.g., education, healthcare, JEDI) are also welcome, but with the understanding that the focus will be for mental health professionals.

Intermediate Level: This workshop is intended for participants who have taken a graduate course in diversity or completed at least one diversity/multicultural/social justice training prior. You do not need to have any knowledge or background in intercultural communication to attend.

Date: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, March 12th, 13th, & 14th, 2021 | Time: 9:00 am PT/12:00 pm ET to 3:15 pm PT/6:15 pm | Location: Online workshop with facilitator located in Portland, OR, USA

This is a live online workshop for synchronous learning (Zoom); there will be no recording of this workshop.


  • Early bird discount (14.25 CE hours) = $375 (expires 2/19/21)

  • Current student discount (only a limited #) = $225 (expires 2/19/21)

  • Standard registration (14.25 CE hours) = $430

  • If you want to pay by check and avoid Eventbrite fees, please use my contact page on this website to email me and find out more information. Must be postmarked by March 1st, 2021*

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