Addressing Racial Issues in Clinical Therapy Practice*



Racial tensions within the United States continue to rise due to systematic and institutionalized racism. Culturally sensitive knowledge and skills are needed now more than ever. Ongoing introspection and reflection of self in a sociocultural world is critical for a counselor to truly meet the needs of their diverse clients. This presentation will discuss racism within the counseling relationship and strategies counselors can use to identify and analyze blind spots and unconscious bias they may possess. 


  • Discuss the impact of racism in society.
  • Identify and comprehend the application of resources useful for counselor self-awareness.
  • Identify and analyze blind spots and unconscious bias within the counseling relationship.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

2 CE hour credits approved by NAADAC, ASWB,  & NBCC

State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 12
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self

    • Lecture1.1
      Addressing Racial Issues in Clinical Therapy Practice*

    • Lecture2.1
      Addressing Racial Issues in Clinical Therapy Practice*
  • QUIZ 1

    • Quiz3.1
      Addressing Racial Issues in Clinical Therapy Practice* 15 questions
Dr. Janelle Bettis is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the Mental Health Counseling Program at Bowie State University. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maryland. Dr. Bettis obtained her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling and Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University, Northern Virginia. Dr. Bettis has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a myriad of diagnoses such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, ODD, ADHD. Dr. Bettis has worked in a variety of settings such as school, in home, clinic and within the community. Research interests include home-based counseling, social justice/advocacy, clinical supervision, public policy/legislation, counselors-in-training, community mental health, African American women’s issues, qualitative research methods. Dr. Bettis currently serves as Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Program and Webinar Committee for Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), and Committee Member of the ACA Public Policy Committee.