Implicit Bias Awareness for Mental Health Professionals

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Implicit bias refers to the unconscious attitudes & stereotypes we have towards people, which affects our understanding, actions, and decisions without us even knowing.

We all have our own implicit biases. It’s just how our brains are wired to unconsciously think & label others. These biases can include: Race & Ethnicity Bias, Age Bias, Gender Bias, LGBTQ+ Bias, and Ability Bias.

And as a Mental Health Professional, it’s extremely important to learn about implicit bias in order to recognize and combat these various types of unconscious biases, in order to effectively treat & better serve a diverse population of clients.

This introductory training is designed to provide information to Mental Health Professionals on the development, sustainment, and recognition of implicit biases. As well as understanding of the factors that produce implicit biases & misperceptions of others.

This course will challenge the participants to explore their vulnerabilities, insecurities, and hidden agendas with regard to their intrapersonal & interpersonal barriers.

Finally, the course will utilize Motivational Interviewing and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to how Mental Health Professionals can learn to minimize their intended & unintended implicit biases, and avoid/correct any biases in order to become more effective clinicians when it comes to serving all different types of clients.


  • Describe and outline the usage of Motivational Interviewing and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to combat implicit biases.
  • Discuss the developmental factors that lead to the development and sustainment of implicit biases.
  • Explain the Cultural Competency Construct Model is used to better understand Implicit Biases.

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    Hakeem Lumumba

    Dr. Hakeem Lumumba, Ph.D. received his Doctoral degree in Counseling and Psychology from Wayne State University. He received his Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Bowling Green State University. He is currently employed at the Franklin Primary Health Center as the Director of Behavioral Health. Prior to this position, he was employed at Black Family Development, Inc. as an Independent Contractor as an administrator in their Substance Use Disorder program. He has also worked at the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) as the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Service Manager. He is the former Behavioral Health Director at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Mental Health Department. He is also the former Clinical Manager for Henry Ford Health System-Maplegrove Treatment Center. Dr. Lumumba has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses at several universities dating back to 1994: Wayne State University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Detroit Mercy. At present, he is an instructor at the University of Phoenix (Dissertation Chair-School of Doctoral Studies) and at Siena Heights University (Psychology Department). He has presented papers at local, state, and national conferences. He is currently a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota. Dr. Lumumba currently is a Michigan Licensed Professional Counselor, Michigan Certified Clinical Supervisor, Michigan Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Michigan Licensed Master Social Worker, Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Lumumba has published several papers in referred professional journals.

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Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, MFTs, & other Mental Health Professionals

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  • CE Credits 2
  • Format Video
  • Quizzes 1
  • Skill Level Intermediate
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