Diversity, Inclusion & Ethics in the Practice of Mental Health

Diversity and Inclusion are both hot topic and hot button issues in our society at this time. We, as helpers, have an opportunity to be available, accessible and able to help our clients express their concerns and their perspectives openly and honestly without judgement. We can also serve as a sounding board to assist other clients in how to move to a greater level of understanding as to how to communicate and interact with those who are in diverse populations by becoming more culturally sensitive and aware. 

This workshop will also touch on how to be a more inclusive and culturally competent helper and striving to have a Multicultural Perspective in your clinical work. Creating space, as helpers, on our own time, to work through our own biases/ hot button issues in order to be more competent and transparent in our clinical work. And to create an environment that will allow for positive healthy growth for all populations.


Date: Sun, Sept 19, 2021

Time: Sign-In: 1:30pm EST – Workshop: 2:00pm EST-5:00pm EST

Location: Online, Real-Time, Interactive

Cost: $59 early registration through Sept 12

   $69 after Sept 12

  $50 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Alida Gibson, LCPC

CEU Credits: 3 Ethics CEUs – Category I MD and DC Social Work Credits (accepted for many other mental health professionals – see below for details)


Alida D. Gibson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for the state of Maryland specializing in PTSD, grief and loss, esteem and self worth issues. She began her journey in the mental health world as the Trainer for the crisis/ suicide hotline, followed by face to face work as the weekend shelter manager of the domestic violence shelter, both in Frederick, MD.

Currently, she is a full time lecturer at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA in the Psychology department where she teaches upper level intensive courses among which are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychology of Death, and Human Relations Psychological Perspective. Alida also sees clients part time in her virtual practice, Pursuing Betterment Counseling.


CEU Credit Info


All attendees receive Maryland and DC Social Work CEU credits. These credits are accepted for:

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • New Jersey Social Workers
  • Alabama Social Workers
  • Don't see your licensure listed here? Contact your licensing board and ask if they accept Maryland or DC Social Work approved credits. Many states automatically accept credits approved by another state licensing board.

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


  • Describe what diversity and inclusion means in the therapeutic world
  • Describe ethical issues from a Multicultural Perspective
  • Explain what inclusion, openness and transparency looks like in the therapeutic relationship
  • Describe how to remain ethically and socially competent in Diversity and Inclusion situations
  • Demonstrate how to maintain skills of being available, accessible and able by reducing counselor/helper stress and burnout.

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