Whiteness and Counseling: Examining the Invisible

Whiteness and Counseling: Examining the Invisible


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1-2 days prior to the event date.

Council for Relationships is continuing to offer professional development workshops. All of our workshops will be held online until further notice. Earn CE credits from home.

Council for Relationships


2 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, PA/DE Social Workers, and CSTs*


Workshop Description:

Dominant norms are the sea in which we often swim, in effect rendered invisible to many of us – leaving us unaware of the existence of biased and harmful therapeutic practices and organizational structures through which we work. Norms to which we adhere can lead us to make biased (and incorrect) assumptions about clients. We may misinterpret and misdiagnose client behaviors, for example, as well as enact treatment decisions that are inappropriate or harmful for the client at hand. Hence, in this interactive workshop, we’ll identify the many subtle and overt Whiteness norms that are infused across psychological practice in therapeutic settings. We will consider ways to better notice and address biased norms that can harm clientele who fall outside of the dominant normative structures, such as clients of color and those who are part of LGBTQIA+ communities, with a specific focus on relationships (both romantic and platonic) and the intersection of our many identities that we bring to our relationships.


Level of Difficulty: Introductory

Target Audience: Mental health practitioners who work with clientele in any setting.


Learning Objectives:

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe at least three specific dominant norms that influence their own clinical practice and/or the larger organization in which they work.
  2. Assess their own assumptions about platonic and romantic relationships to identify the influence of dominant norms and discuss the ways these assumptions may impact clinical judgement and treatment decisions.
  3. Recognize the way dominant normative assumptions in regard to “normalcy” or “healthy” are embedded into our beliefs regarding platonic and romantic relationships, and how these assumptions are made complicated by the many intersecting identities our clients hold (e.g., race, gender, sexuality, etc.).



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About the Presenters:

DeVon S. Jackson, MS in Counseling, is a dynamic diversity and inclusion leader with over 15+ years’ experience in planning, designing, and facilitating workshops in the academic and professional setting. He has a proven record of successful contribution in the areas of change management, diversity and inclusion, equity, gender identity, cross-cultural development, human resources management, teaching, creative instruction styles and techniques, mediation, coaching, mentoring and team building. He is currently Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Salesianum School, Wilmington, DE, and a diversity and equity trainer for his company, DEI Consultant.

Krista M. Malott, LPC, PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Counseling at Villanova University, where she trains master-level school and mental health counselors. She has over 15 years of experience as a counselor, working with a diversity of clients in various settings, including public schools, a prison setting, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and a domestic violence shelter. As the author of over 50 publications, her research emphasizes antibias trainings, with a specific focus on antiracism Whiteness. As co-facilitator of a community racial justice grassroots organization, she is a White citizen committed to lifelong learning in effecting greater social justice for all.


Workshop Details

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

9:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Council for Relationships

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1 -2 days prior to the event date.


2 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, PA/DE Social Workers, and CSTs*


Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners.

*This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee ASSECT certification. For further information about certification, please contact info@aasect.org.

Council for Relationships staff and current students: visit your password-protected page for information regarding staff and student rates. Please contact Abby Bronstein, Professional Development Manager, for alumni rate and questions.

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AASECT Certificate ($25)

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Event Details

Start date: June 1, 2021

Start time: 09:00 a.m. EDT

End time: 11:00 a.m. EDT

Venue: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Email: info@councilforrelationships.org