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Improving Cultural Competence in Working with Clients from Collectivist Cultures: Bridging the Gap of Clinical Care Across Cultures

Presenter: Suzy Ismail, Ph.D., Cornerstone Marriage and Family Intervention

Friday, June 4, 2021

Program: 9:00-11:00 (please plan to sign onto the Zoom link by 8:50am so that we can begin the program promptly at 9am)

2 CE credits

Zoom Webinar


Historically, resettlement and immigrant aid organizations have focused on addressing lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (1943) by providing physiological and safety/security elements of aid. As recipients, particularly refugees, stabilize, they are increasingly aware of unmet needs in the higher echelons of love/belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization. Further moving beyond limitations of Maslow’s hierarchy and the eventual achievement of self-transcendence (Apter, 2001) requires replacing the application of a linear approach with a simultaneous strategy that encompasses all levels of the hierarchy (Oved, 2017). Emotional and psychological care delivered with dignity, a conscientious sense of culture, and an integration of faith-based intervention strategies for youth and families becomes an imperative part of the acculturation process. Collective impact of organizations can be strengthened through the application of a revised model of aid delivery that considers Hofstede’s Value Dimensions (1984) and moves beyond lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy (1943) towards cultural understanding and integration that leads to self-transcendence in the client/counselor relationship.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to enhance their approach to counseling across cultures by moving beyond the lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (1943) and facilitating recipient self-transcendence through greater cultural and faith-based cognizance and connection.

Learning objectives:

 At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify & apply Maslow’s (1943) upper levels of the psychological hierarchy to cross-cultural services.
  2. Participants will be able to identify & apply Hofstede’s (1984) value dimensions to better understand cultural cognizance in the application of higher levels of Maslow’s (1943) hierarchy when working with clients of different faiths, backgrounds, and cultures.
  3. Participants will apply Maslow’s concept of self transcendence, incorporating non-Western approaches to meet social emotional needs, to collectivist cultural communities.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Graduate Students

Program Sophistication: Intermediate

No conflicts of interest or commercial support.

Proprietary Information – NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.

Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations are available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact Susan Parente (sparente3@mac.com) for more details.

$15 for EUCAP members

$25 for non-members

Students and emeritus members – Free

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Important Note: Registration will close on Wednesday, June 2ndZoom link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the program.

Link for completion of CE evaluation and credit (with payment to NJPA) will be available at the end of the webinar.

Please contact Dr. Monica Indart (monica.indart@gmail.com) with questions.


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