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Clinical Assessment Across-Cultures: Implications for Counselors Avoidance of Myopic Clinical Evaluations

  • 07/31/2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


Clinical Assessment Across-Cultures: Implications for Counselors Avoidance of Myopic Clinical Evaluations by Dr. Jake A. Johnson, PhD, LCPC, NCC July 31, 12noon-1pm EDT via Zoom.

This presentation will address the focus on the consciousness of clinical professional counselors’ diagnostic and assessment procedures in counseling clients across-cultures. While counselors may not be expected to have a comprehensive understanding of the cultural, social, economic, environmental, socio-political histories of their clients, it is imperative that they attempt to develop an in-depth understanding of the clients’ personal experiences and their perceptions of them.  Whereby this presentation concentrates on the avoidance of counselors’ myopic clinical assessments, it supersedes the clinical concept of countertransference. Inherent in the central theme of this presentation, is the concept of counselor mindfulness. A major objective of the examination of counselors’ myopic assessment and diagnostic procedures is to promote counselors’ effectiveness by more accurately delineating self from the worldview of the client. In so doing, counselors might better position themselves in experiencing a more functional level of empathy.

Attendees will learn to 1) To examine the counselors’ level of empathy with clients across-cultures; 2) To explore the counselors’ recognition of the worldviews of the clients; and 3) To discuss the counselors’ understanding and recognition of their possible clinical myopic assessment cognitions that might have a negative impact on the therapeutic relationship. 

Dr. Jake A. Johnson is an Associate Professor in and past department chair of the Department of Counseling in the College of Education at Bowie State University. He completed his education at the University at Albany (SUNY), Howard University and The George Washington University.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, trainer, consultant, educator and author. He teachers graduate courses in school counseling, mental health counseling and counseling psychology.

Professionally, Dr. Johnson is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). In ACA, he has chaired, participated and presented in sessions and workshops on creating a healthy workplace, trauma and cognition, stress management, rage, diversity, multiculturalism, existentialism, and existential cross-cultural counseling at national and international conferences. Dr. Johnson has authored and co-authored publications on trauma, multicultural counseling/cross-cultural counseling, and is a co-author of a best-selling counseling textbookCross-cultural counseling: A case book.He is also a member of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD): Past-Chair, Association Development; Co-chair, Twentieth Anniversary Committee; and Past-Chair, Twenty Fifth Anniversary. He is a Past-President of the Maryland Counseling Association (MCA), and the Maryland Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (MAMCD). Dr. Johnson is a board member of the International Society for the Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP).

Registration Fees: 

        $5 MCA Students/Retirees, 

        $10 MCA Professional Members 

        $20 Professional Non-members 

Attendees may earn 1 CE; Zoom registration link will be shared with attendees before event.

The Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2021, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. MCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

*Refund Policy: As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. uses all funds to support the mission, vision, purpose, and needs for counselors in the State of Maryland. Therefore, all registration fees are final and non-refundable.

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