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. is an accomplished behavioral health professional with a wealth of experience in clinical practice, administration, teaching, and research. He holds a Doctoral degree in Counseling and Psychology from Wayne State University and a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Bowling Green State University. Currently, Dr. Lumumba serves as the Director of Behavioral Health at the Franklin Primary Health Center, where he leads the organization's efforts to improve the mental health and well-being of its patients. Prior to this role, he held several leadership positions in the behavioral health field, including serving as an administrator in a substance use disorder program and as the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Service Manager at the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA). In addition to his extensive clinical and administrative experience, Dr. Lumumba is also a seasoned educator, having taught graduate and undergraduate courses at multiple universities for nearly three decades. He currently serves as an instructor at the University of Phoenix and Siena Heights University, where he shares his expertise with the next generation of behavioral health professionals. Dr. Lumumba's contributions to the field of behavioral health extend beyond his clinical practice and teaching. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota, and he has presented papers at local, state, and national conferences. He has also published several papers in referred professional journals, demonstrating his commitment to advancing the field through research and scholarship. Dr. Lumumba is licensed and certified in several areas of behavioral health, including as 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.

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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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