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Culturally Responsive
Clinical Supervision

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The IHC culturally responsive clinical supervision (CRCS) program is an ongoing, comprehensive initiative designed to provide mental health practitioners with the necessary tools and support they need to work more effectively with clients of diverse backgrounds. The program prioritizes

understanding and addressing the systemic inequities experienced by under-resourced groups, and the resulting chronic impact on their individual and collective mental health. These groups may include BIPOC, LGBTQ+, youth, people with disabilities, immigrants, and first-generation families.

Pillars of Supervision

Culturally Responsive

Affirming, valuing and integrating cultural identity into therapeutic work while acknowledging the impacts of  racial,  spiritual, political, and sociocultural contexts on mental and emotional health.

Social Justice

Taking professional action to  resist systems that perpetuate marginalization and mental health stigma, examining bias and privilege, and using anti-oppressive approaches and conceptualization with intent. 

Collaboration

Demonstrating a strong commitment to cooperation and collaboration between supervisors, supervisees, clients, stakeholders and the community. 

CRCS Philosophy

Through a combination of workshops, seminars, and individual and group supervision sessions, mental health professionals will learn how to tailor their approach to best meet the needs of their clients.

Additionally, clinical supervision will explore:

  • cultural and social impacts of mental health challenges

  • relationship between oppression and mental illness

  • cultural disparities in mental health treatment and service

  • impacts of diversity, power and privilege in the lives of the people we work with

  • clinical and ethical responsibilities of working with vulnerable populations

  • unconscious bias in the clinical setting

  • self-of-the-therapist literature, interventions, practices and considerations reflecting the needs of more diverse groups
     

The resources and support provided to program participants are designed to help mental health professionals stay current on the latest research and best practices to support decolonizing mental health care and meeting the needs of all people, centering the importance of background, identity, and cultural needs. We seek to inspire a paradigm shift in mental health care, one that places cultural responsiveness at the core of therapeutic practices.

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