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Presented by The Office of Continuing Education and The Association or Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness

Recorded on Friday, July 16, 2021

Program offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists (APA), 2.0 IL CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers, or 2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs.

Workshop Description:

Cultural competency is fundamental to all clinical practice. The model of cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills ground this presentation. For counselors to engage in ethical practice when addressing issues of sexuality with clients, relevant cultural perspectives must be applied. Insomuch as there are always cultural differences between clients and counselors, it is the responsibility of counselors to recognize their own biases about sexuality and how these biases may interfere in the counseling process.

Sexuality is viewed differently for different reasons—cultural, religious, ethnic, and gender beliefs. The counselor’s knowledge of a client’s worldview about sexuality, if there are conflicts for the client, and how they want to resolve these is necessary for culturally responsive and ethical practice.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Identify 3 contributing factors to different worldviews of sexuality

2) Cite distinct differences in sexuality norms and taboos among 2-3 various cultures

3) Cite 3 types of communication practices to demonstrate culturally informed responses to facilitate discussions with clients regarding underdeveloped, developed, or developing sexual identity and worldview interaction.

Professional Bio of Presenter, Patricia Arredondo, EdD, NCC; Licensed Psychologist and National Certified Counseling, President, Arredondo Advisory Group and Faculty Fellow, Fielding Graduate University

Dr. Patricia Arredondo has dedicated her career to addressing multicultural competencies in counseling and psychology training, research, and practice. She brings cultural worldviews into all areas of clinical practice in order to ground or contextualize the clinical applications. She has authored books, book chapters, journal articles, and training videos on culture-centered counseling, working with Latinx families, immigrant identity development, and women’s leadership.

Dr. Arredondo is a past president of ACA and AMCD, founding member of CSJ, and currently an Elder on the JMCD board of reviewers. She is a servant leader.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science

Registration and Fees:

ACSSW Members: Free

General Admission: $40.00

TCSPP Staff/Faculty/Students: Free

TCSPP Alumni: $20.00


Francoeur, R. T., Noonan, R. J., & Opiyo-Omolo, B. (2004). The Continuum complete international encyclopedia of sexuality. New York, NY: Continuum.

Malta, M., Cardoso, R., Montenegro, L. et al. (2019). Sexual and gender minorities rights in Latin America and the Caribbean: a multi-country evaluation. BMC Int Health Hum Rights 19, 3. DOI:

Tierney, D., Spengler, E. S., Schuch, E., & Grzanka, P. R. (In press). Sexual orientation beliefs and identity development: A person-centered analysis among sexual minorities. Journal of Sex Research.


Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, University faculty and students. Members of ACSSW and the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 2.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected] There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 2.0 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.