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When: Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM
Where: Live Webinar - Category I eligible
United States
Presenter: Melinda A. Garcia, Ph.D.
Contact: Kevin Kinzie

Online registration is available until: 9/10/2020
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Live Webinar - Category I eligible


Culture and Ethics
Presenter: Melinda A. Garcia, Ph.D.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

4 Continuing Education Credits


This training will be based on the Society of Indian Psychologists Commentary on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, published in July 2014.

The SIP Commentary addresses the conflict that Native psychologists often experience between the APA Ethics Code, the organizational demands of the workplace or funding agency, the culture of the identified client, and the culture of the psychologist.

SIP members come from oral traditions. Our goal was for a Commentary that would speak to providers of Indigenous services all over the country and all around the world. We decided to embrace who we are and to communicate in the language of stories. Stories bring the abstract to life. Stories bring our struggles to life. Stories communicate across cultures.

The SIP Commentary is a clear and well documented challenge to the idea that there is a culturally neutral position from which an ethics code can be read or interpreted. This Commentary is required reading for everyone who works in the APA Ethics Office and for everyone who is a member of the APA Ethics Committee. It is a major reason that the current APA Code of Ethics is undergoing an extensive revision.

This workshop will be interactive. Time will be spent addressing specific issues and questions identified by participants in order to give participants the skills needed to apply the information from the Commentary immediately.

 Participants are asked to read the Commentary before the training and submit at least one question (but as many as you want) about:

  1. an ethical dilemma in therapy with an Indigenous client
  2. how to apply any aspect of the SIP Commentary to their current work
  3. how to address potential conflicts between Western psychology and Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

The SIP Commentary can be purchased at: (Click on the "Get SIP Pubs" tab on the top right of the home page)

By the end of the workshop, participants will have a good idea of how to do a better job for Indigenous clients.  Practitioners who have been “learning by the seat of their pants” to work in Native communities will have a theoretical framework that will allow them to know when they are doing well.

Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will identify at least 3 non-explicit cultural biases in the practice of Western psychology.

2) Participants will identify at least 3 ways to incorporate information from the SIP Commentary into their work with Indigenous peoples.

3) Participants will be able to list at least 3 practices recommended by Western Psychology that represent a bias against culturally competent therapy with Indigenous clients.

4) Participants will be able to define cultural humility and list 2 ways that using it improves cultural competence with Indigenous peoples.


$75 - Non-Members
$60 - Full, Affiliate, and Life Members
$55 - Early Career Members
$25 - Members In Training

This program is sponsored by the New Mexico Psychological Association (NMPA).
NMPA is approved by the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners to sponsor continuing education for New Mexico psychologists.
NMPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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