Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Therapy

Kadesha Adelakun, LCSW and Dr. Tamara Soles present research related to Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Therapy and specific strategies psychologists can use to reduce stigma and increase therapeutic trust with BIPOC clients. Ms. Adelakun describes the underrepresentation of BIPOC individuals amongst therapists as well as in therapy as clients. Ms. Adelakun explores how stigma contributes to this underrepresentation. Ms. Adelakun and Dr. Soles then discuss specific ways that white psychologists can demonstrate understanding of the systemic and historical trauma experienced by Black clients, establish trust and build alliance. The chronicity of racist trauma is highlighted and strategies shared for acknowledging and working with trauma symptoms related to systemic racism as opposed to a single traumatic event. For BIPOC psychologists in particular, Ms. Adelakun discusses the implications for the use of self-disclosure in therapy. Ms. Adelakun also shares specific recommendations regarding the use of culturally sensitive questions on clinical intake forms and create a safe space with respect to how one’s office is curated (e.g., books, toys, and decor). Finally, Ms. Adelakun and Dr. Soles review ways to support families in discussing racism with young children.

Continuing Education

This Podcast Episode Provides 1 Hour of CE Credit

Course Description

Kadesha Adelakun, LCSW and Dr. Tamara Soles present research related to Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Therapy and specific strategies psychologists can use to reduce stigma and increase therapeutic trust with BIPOC clients.

Instructor's bio

Kadesha Adelakun is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), in the states of Georgia and New Jersey, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Morris Brown College and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia. She is eclectic in her approach, using play therapy and many different therapeutic interventions to meet the needs of her clients. She also specializes in working with children and adolescents with behavioral challenges, as well as, parenting support and training. She is passionate about helping people with ethnic, cultural, and racial identity issues and/or trauma, as well as moms adjusting to motherhood. Ms Adelakun is very active in her community for racial and social justice.
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Learning Objectives

  • Identify underlying causes for the underrepresentation of BIPOC individuals both as therapists and in therapy
  • Implement specific strategies to support the development of trust between a therapist and a BIPOC client
  • Differentiate between characteristics of racial trauma and other forms of PTSD
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How to Get Your Certificate

After listening to the course episode, you will be prompted to take the multiple choice post-test. To receive your continuing education credit certificate, you need to achieve a score of 70% of more. You may retake the post-test up to three times. Once successfully completed, the certificate will appear in your course area where you can download it.

Commercial Support

There was no commercial support for this course. Kadesha Adelakun, LCSW RPT-S has a consulting business for therapists and runs several Facebook groups.


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Course Format

This course is presented in audio format via podcast interview. The course is designed for post-doctoral psychologists and is an introductory level.

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Dr. Tamara Soles is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Dr. Tamara Soles maintains responsibility for the program.

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