Online Workshop | Microaggressions in Psychotherapy: How Implicit Bias May Hinder Cultural Responsiveness

This online workshop will help participants identify ways in which therapeutic spaces perpetuate racial microaggressions, both within the general practice of therapy and within the clinician-client relationship. The first step to dismantling this insidious form of racism is to make it visible. The workshop will bring to light ways in which well-intentioned actions and attitudes may be discriminatory and deleterious to the healing efforts of clients of color.

Participants will be presented with real-life incidents that illustrate the disguised and problematic dynamics of racial microaggressions, and ways to overcome these harmful interactions with clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase therapists’ capacity to recognize racial microaggressions in themselves and others.
  • Learn to understand racial microaggressions’ averse impact on clients of color.
  • Gain accountability in taking remedial action to overcome racial biases that lead to microaggressions.


Dr. Mariel Buquè is an Afro-Dominican with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Her work focuses on the advancement of culturally responsive clinical care and healing wounds of intergenerational trauma. She founded the platform Cultural Therapy, which connects racially & ethnically minoritized folx to culturally affirming mental health care with primarily clinicians of color. She teaches courses and provides clinical care at Columbia University Medical Center in the areas of culturally-responsive delivery of mental health care and the decolonization of eurocentric therapeutic practices. She also focuses on anti-racism workshops, as she believes in the liberation of our minds and of oppressive systems as necessary qualities of our overall wellness. You may find her work on Instagram at @marielbuque and @culturaltherapy.

Date / Time:

Friday, April 3, 2020
10:00 am–1:00 pm

Continuing Education:

3 CE Contact Hours

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