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Imposter Syndrome and the BIPOC Experience: How Culture, Stress and Self-Doubt Impacts Clients

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Lillian Gibson, PhD
1 Hour 13 Minutes
Feb 24, 2023
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Imposter syndrome. The legacy of a lifetime of societal messages telling BIPOC they don’t belong. That their accomplishments were only the result of quotas. That they’ll never be good enough. The result? They turn up in your office anxious, depressed and burnt out at work and home. View Dr. Lillian Gibson for this unique recorded session and discover how culture, stress and self-doubt impact even the most outwardly successful BIPOC clients, and what we can do as therapists to help them reconnect with a true sense of their incredible talents and value!


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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. Analyze the association between racial discrimination and the impostor phenomenon (IP) and the moderating influence of racial identity on this relationship.
  2. Assess for common mental health symptoms associated with imposter syndrome.
  3. Employ strategies from CBT to identify faulty thinking patterns in clients with unrealistic expectations of themselves.
  4. Develop treatment plans for clients who constantly worry that they’re not good enough and will be “found out.”


  • The role of cultural dynamics and race in imposter feelings
  • Symptoms associated with imposter syndrome
  • How internal and external societal messages impact clients
  • CBT strategies to manage distressing feelings and unrealistic expectations
  • Fostering feelings of empowerment with BIPOC clients
  • Research, risks and limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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