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A Primer for Clinicians in the Era of Anti-Asian Racism and Toxic Nationalism

1.75 CE Hour
Cultural Competency

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Historically, the United States canon of mental health research and intervention has grossly neglected the needs of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. With the rise of anti-AAPI racism and discrimination precipitated by the Covid-19 Pandemic, AAPI folx have reported higher levels of mental health acuity and deserve/need culturally responsive care. Unfortunately, many AAPI folx report not receiving this.

This workshop seeks to contribute to the dialogue of creating healing centered engagement in AAPI mental health care. Through a review of relevant frameworks on identity development and family systems that speak to AAPI subjectivity, case vignettes of AAPI therapists working with AAPI clients, and critical consciousness, this workshop aims to create a discussion about the inter-subjectivity in the work of applying a healing justice framework in AAPI community practices and mental health programming.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Learning Objectives

Participants are expected to respond to events which have shifted public perceptions of the Asian American Pacific Islander community, identify causal factors and culturally-appropriate treatment considerations, and incorporate these newfound data into their practice.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the complexity of at least 3 approaches needed to care for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities during this time of increased Anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
  • Compare and Contrast the therapeutic frameworks that address collective trauma, healing-centered approaches, intersectionality, and mental health concerns among AAPI.
  • Incorporate at least 3 elements of post-colonialism, critical race theory, and relational theory into treatment planning and use of self with enhanced understanding on individual and cultural subjectivity.
Cultural Competency

This program has been approved for 1.75 CE clock hours by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

Addiction Counselors

This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, is responsible for all aspects of the programing. Counselor Skill Group: Legal, Ethical and Professional Development.

Social Workers, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.75 Cultural Competency continuing education credits.
ASWB ACE credit is not available in NY and NJ.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

This workshop meets the requirements and has been approved for 1.75 hours for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Louisiana by the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

California State Approvals: Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

CE Policy and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Dr. Noel Ramirez

I am a Philadelphia-based licensed clinical social worker and public health professional. Informed by Immigrant-Filipino parents who love through a sense of home, a chosen Queer family who resist subjugation, and a public health community that seeks to honor social and environmental context. My approach is relational, inter-subjective and grounded in love, honor, and respect.

Education and Training
I received my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and my Master’s in Public health from Drexel University. I have completed my Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University and focused my academic work on developing programming on patient-centered medical homes, integrated health care, recovery-oriented primary care, and body positivity. I am a certified clinical anxiety treatment professional, have completed foundational training in relational-psychoanalytic psychotherapy, completed a fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and have a certificate in clinical supervision of mental health providers.

Professional Experience
I have been a clinical social worker since 2009 and have been involved in various community-based programs in the Philadelphia Metro Area. In the last decade, I have led HIV prevention and care programming for gay/bisexual men, supported systems to enhance recovery/resilience programming for federally qualified health centers, and continue to be active in initiatives related to communities that I am a part of Queer/Asian-Americans, anti-black racism in mental health, and body positivity. I teach graduate courses in social work practice at Columbia University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania and provide consultation to various community initiatives (Federally Qualified Health Centers, Recovery-Oriented Primary Care).
I am deeply honored to be doing this work and to be in a community with compassionate colleagues and beautifully resilient members of the communities that I belong to and serve.

DBH: Doctorate in Behavioral Health: Arizona State University
MPH: Public Health: Drexel University
MSW: Clinical Social Work: University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Specialization
Asian-American Identity, Mood concerns, couples therapy, stuckness, sexuality, integrated healthcare, recovery-resilience, body image, and positivity.

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