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Multicultural Psychologist: Navigating Cultural and Political Countertransference

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: LACPA Conference Room
6345 Balboa Blvd., Bldg 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: Kenneth Skale, Psy.D.

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LACPA/SGVPA Diversity Breakfast - This year’s event will focus on political identity as an aspect of culture. Further details below:

Title: Multicultural Psychologist - Navigating Cultural and Political Countertransference

When: Saturday, November 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Where: LACPA Office 6345 Balboa Blvd., Building 2, Suite 126, Encino, CA 91316

Who: All LACPA and SGVPA members welcome at no charge

Why: Two CEs and light refreshments provided

Please RSVP to kennethskale@pasadenahealing.com by Thursday, 11/8


The APA mandates that psychologists be mindful of cultural factors that influence the attitudes, practices, and pathologies of those with whom psychologists work; however, political identity receives comparably less attention in diversity education than other variables (e.g., race, gender, gender identity). This program aims to expand the audience’s understanding of political identity as an aspect of culture with the goal of improving therapists’ capacity to empathize and work with patients who hold different political views. 

This program will describe and expound upon the concept of political identity as an aspect of culture. Genetic,  phenotypic, geographic, psychological, and ethnic variables will be explored with regard to their influence on political identification and values. In addition, the program will identify common problems that emerge between clinicians and patients during psychotherapy. The panelists will identify strategies for overcoming these challenges, providing a mentalizing function for clients, and building deeper empathy despite political differences between clinician and patient. Finally, the panelists will share case material where appropriate to facilitate audience exploration of these issues. 

Upon program completion, attendees of this program will be able to: 
1) describe the impact of numerous  biopsychosocial variables on political beliefs, including age, gender, personality traits, genotype, and morphology


2) describe established differences between those who self-identify as liberal and conservative


3) identify and  describe the history, general location, and values of several of the “nations of North America” that comprise the  United States and parts of Canada and Mexico


4) identify common countertransference reactions that emerge in therapy due to differences in political identity between therapist and patient


5) employ strategies for re-establishing mentalization and empathy within the aforementioned countertransference dynamic. 


I. Introduction of the Topic and Panelists  
II. Dr. Skale’s Presentation  
III. Dr. Masuda’s Presentation  
IV. Dr. Kao’s Presentation 
V. Brief Intermission 
VI. Presentation of case material and audience discussion 


The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.


These courses may be taken to satisfy California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.


Date, presenters, and location are all subject to change


Parking info for weekend meetings/programs:


The LACPA office address is THE ENCINO OFFICE PARK, 6345 Balboa Blvd, Building 2, Suite 126, Encino, CA 91316 - second building from Balboa Blvd. 


Anytime on the weekend, you may park, free of charge, in the lot directly behind the building.

Enter at either the Victory entrance (just west of Balboa past the building) or the Balboa entrance (between Victory and the Busway), take a ticket and when you leave, exit through the Victory visitor’s gate, push the red button on the way out to Victory. You must exit by 9:30 p.m. 


There is also street parking on Balboa Blvd, south of Victory Blvd.  Both sides of Balboa have free parking.  There is also plenty of free parking at the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex on the west side of Balboa, south of Victory, 6201 Balboa Blvd. (2nd driveway past the Busway). 3-4 minute walk to the office door.  Wherever you park, please check the signs. 


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