Educational Initiatives

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Weekly Seminars: Diversity is addressed in the three seminars. In the Diagnostic/Treatment Seminar, when a patient is discussed, there is a cultural diversity component in which the interns identify cultural/diversity factors that could be contributing to the patient’s symptoms or would affect the patient’s treatment. In the Psychotherapy Process Seminar, the interns present a therapy session with a patient and then discuss the therapy session subsequently. Diversity issues related to the patient and the clinician are addressed as a routine aspect of the seminar discussion. In the Professional Issues Seminar, there are explicit didactics included in the curriculum.

Psychology of Women Seminar (optional) – Interns can participate in a Psychology of Women reading/discussion seminar. This group meets twice a month.  The reading group assigns readings relevant to the psychology of women, in general, and related to specific topics of interest to the resident or faculty.  

Family Therapy Seminar (optional) – Interns can participate in a family therapy seminar. This group meets once a week on Friday afternoon.  Issues related to family dynamics and therapy are addressed as well as a significant emphasis on diversity and cultural concerns within the family. 

Workshops: Since 1997 workshops directed toward cultural/diversity issues have been designed and facilitated to include as much faculty participation as possible. Since that time, yearly full-day to half-day workshops on cultural/diversity issues in clinical practice have been conducted with a supervising faculty participation rate of approximately 70 percent (resident attendance is required).  Examples of past workshops include the following:

  • 1999: “Awareness, Skills, and Action: Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling”
    • Presenter: Rosemary Phelps, Ph.D.
  • 2000: “Cross Cultural Workshop”
    • Presenter: Major Carla Long, Ph.D. 
  • 2001: “Multicultural Factors in Psychology”
    • Presenter: Major Carla Long, Ph.D.
  • 2002: “Sexual Orientation Diversity: Issues and Challenges in Psychotherapy”
    • Presenter: Lara Stepleman, Ph.D.
  • 2003: “The Fourth Force - Multiculturalism: Adding Flavor to Psychology”
    • Presenter: Judi-Lee Nelson, Ph.D.
  • 2003: “Sexual 0rientation diversity & psychotherapy: Current issues and trends”
    • Presenter: Lara Stepleman, Ph.D. 
  • 2004: “Ethical considerations in the treatment of diverse populations”
    • Presenter: Lara Stepleman, Ph.D. 
  • 2005: “A primer on black mental health and well-being.”
    • Presenter: Rheeda Walker, Ph.D. 
  • 2005: “Gender in psychotherapy: What’s the difference?”
    • Presenter: Amy House, Ph.D.
  • 2005: “Ethical considerations in the treatment of diverse populations”
    • Presenter: Lara Stepleman, Ph.D.
  • 2006: "Psychiatry and Religious Faith/Spirituality”
    • Presenters: P. Alex Mabe, Ph.D., Sandra Sexson, M.D., Lynn Tyson, M.D., Father Andy Menger, Father Daniel Munn, Reverend Robert Williams
  • 2007: “Serving the Growing Latino Community: Meeting Clients Where They are 'At' "
    • Presenters: Claudia Becerra, MA, Gwen Davies, Ph.D, Sarah Lopez, Ph.D., and Ron Rosa, BA 
  • 2008: “Delivery Psychological Services in Rural Areas”
    • Presenters: John D. Murray, Ph.D. & Pam Feldt, Ph.D.
  • 2009: “Multicultural Perspectives on Religion/Spirituality and Health”
    • Presenter: Mary A. Fukuyama, Ph.D.
  • 2010: Children, Families, and Trauma: A Relational Approach
    • Presenter:  Dr. Kenneth Hardy
  • 2011: Context and Connection: Genograms, Home Place, and Transforming Life Narratives
    • Presenter: Dr. Monica Goldrick
  • 2012: “The Person of the Therapist in the Therapy Dyad: Exploring Intersections of Culture, Power, and Privilege in Psychotherapy.”
    • Presenter:  Dr. Karen Suyemoto
  • 2013 “Innovative Interventions with Distressed and Traumatized Youth”
    • Presenter:  Dr. Kenneth Hardy
  • 2014 “Sexual Orientation and LGB Identity Development: A Primer for Practitioners”
    • Presenter: Dr. Michael R. Stevenson
  • 2015 “Overcoming  stigma through promoting perspective-taking and empathy”
    • Presenter: Dr. Aki Masuda
  • 2015 “Sexual orientation and LGBT identity development: A primer for practitioners
    • Presenter: Dr. Michael R. Stevenson
  • 2017 “Moving from Gatekeeping to Advocacy: Removing barriers to trans client resilience in the military”
    • Presenter: Dr. Anneliese A. Singh
  • 2018 “Transgender Health: A Behavioral Health Primer”
    • Presenters: Christopher Drescher, PhD, Elizabeth Eldridge, PhD, & James Griffin, PhD.
  • 2019 “Culturally Responsive Formulation and Intervention: A Framework for Clinical Practice” Presenter: Lindsey West, Ph.D.

Interns also attend other workshops that relate to diversity such as the Combat Stress Workshop.

Weekly Grand Rounds: Interns attend grand round presentations weekly that often include diversity topics. For some examples, see this list of past grand rounds presentations: https://www.augusta.edu/mcg/psychiatry/grandrounds/ 

HIV and Diversity Reading Group – During the Integrated Health Psychology rotation, interns meet with Dr. Lara Stepleman once a week to discuss diversity-related articles related to the HIV and population. 

Cultural Competency PDF Library – Interns are also provided a plethora of resources on cultural competency.