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The Intersections of Multicultural Competence and Working with People of African Descent

  • 29 Feb 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Alliant International University

SD CAMFT is honored to welcome Dr. Berhe to speak following our State of CAMFT address. Register through our State of CAMFT event.

This presentation serves to increase knowledge, awareness, and skills in recognizing systemic barriers in addressing mental health such as stigmatization, effects of racism and discrimination, accessibility to mental health care. This presentation hopes to assist participants in recognizing the utility of applying a culturally informed, multicultural perspective in order to have a holistic understanding of an individual.

In relation to mental health, studies have shown some of the main stressors that contribute to mental health issues include negative stigma regarding counseling services, trauma as a result of historical racism and discrimination that continues to marginalized communities of color today. In order to espouse oneself as a culturally competent therapist, one must begin to understand the significant impact these stressors have on the livelihood of individuals as well as potential to impede therapeutic outcomes.

This presentation addresses critical areas and aligns with standards intended for clinicians to promote a relational/systemic perspective that permeates throughout the practice of providing care to individuals. This presentation is aligned to discuss and further explore best practices in providing multiculturally informed therapy specifically when working with people of African descent. Moreover, this presentation was designed to recognize the value of adopting a multicultural perspective in order to work with diverse individuals and ethically meet the needs of an ever changing global community

Learning Goals and Objectives

1. Participants will explore and increase their knowledge and awareness about the impact of racism, white privilege and historical underpinnings that continue to impact utilization of mental health services among people of African descent.

2. Participants will increase their understanding of issues and challenges faced by people of African descent and therapeutic approaches for supporting them. 

3. Participants will explore and learn cultural considerations and resources that promote cultural sensitivity, competent practices and espouse culturally responsive therapeutic approaches in working with individuals of African descent. 

Presenter Bio

Zemed Berhe, Ph.D. is a psychologist providing mental health services to students at SDSU while also providing mental health consulting with different communities in SD. She earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University, with a special emphasis in Multicultural Psychology. Dr. Berhe trained at the New Jersey Veterans Affairs for her pre-doctoral internship, and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs in Long Beach, with a specialized focus in trauma-related disorders and individuals struggling with emotional dysregulation, suicidality, and interpersonal issues. Dr. Berhe has specialized training in trauma-focused treatments and evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has extensive training working with diverse populations and experience in conducting individual, group, and couples therapy. Her clinical interests include trauma, stress management, racial/ethnic identity development, multicultural counseling, and addressing mental health issues among people of African descent.

Throughout her work, Dr. Berhe strives to incorporate racial-culturally sensitive approaches in working with adults, couples, and families. In addition to, advocating for culturally appropriate treatment models and interventions that seek to address mental health issues within immigrant, underrepresented, and marginalized communities. She is bilingual in Tigrinya and English. 

Target Audience

This event is for mental health professionals.


Free; speaker will present after State of CAMFT presentation

Refund/Cancellation Policy, please visit our website: www.camft-sandiego.org

Accommodations & Grievances

Please email the Program Administrator at education@camft-sandiego.org


Course Completion certificates will be awarded electronically in exchange for a completed evaluation form. Please make sure Program Administrator has your correct email.

Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. This course is provided by the San Diego Chapter of the California association of marriage and family therapists (Provider #57330) is approved by the California association of marriage and family therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. San Diego chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

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