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Culturally Affirming Practices for Whole Person Treatment

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Lillian Gibson, PhD
1 Hour 05 Minutes
Dec 13, 2022
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Effective treatment focuses on the whole person. The thoughts, behaviors and sufferings of your clients are intimately connected to the social and cultural context in which they live. In this session, you’ll explore the importance of intersectionality in each client and get specific guidance on replacing negative labels that can lead to ineffective treatment. Complete with clinical examples of culturally-affirming practices. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Lillian Gibson, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who’s been helping clients escape the self-doubt and self-criticism of “not being enough” for over a decade. In addition to working with clients facing race-based traumas, minority stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, insomnia, nightmares, and chronic medical conditions. Dr. Gibson has helped medical residents and budding mental health clinicians uniquely develop their professional voice when entering into their careers.

Dr. Gibson is a highly recommended speaker, consultant, and clinician who is frequently engaged by non-profit agencies, community-based programs, and mental health agencies to inform and train their staff on culture affirming best practices for both employees and patients.

Experienced in a variety of settings including inpatient mental health centers, outpatient behavioral care services, and primary care settings, Dr. Gibson’s professional footprints include places such as Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Quality Education for Minorities Network. Dr. Gibson has also conducted international research in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Lillian Gibson maintains a private practice and receives compensation as a consultant and virtual speaker. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Lillian Gibson has no relevant non-financial relationships.



  1. Assess how mental health professionals can better identify how oppressive systems can impact their clients’ presenting problems. 
  2. Use strategies to replace negative labels that can lead to ineffective treatment. 
  3. Utilize culturally responsive and racially conscious strategies to recognize the ways clients are impacted by their marginalized identities and systems of oppression. 


  • The importance of intersectionality in each client 
  • How clinicians can explore experiences of strengths and weaknesses of culture 
  • What to say – replace negative labels that can lead to ineffective treatment 
  • Clinical examples of culturally-affirming practices 
  • Research, risks and treatment limitations 

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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