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Diversity in CBT: A Therapist’s Guide to Effectively Serving Diverse Populations

Diversity in CBT: A Therapist’s Guide to Effectively Serving Diverse Populations
Instructors: Magdalene Holtam, Ph.D. and Erika Hulse, LMFT

NOTE: Registration in this course is limited to therapists who are TEAM-CBT Certified Level 1 or above. Please contact course instructors if you have questions.

Four consecutive Thursdays: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, and 5/11
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM PST
8 CE Units
8 TEAM-CBT Certification Units
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline: 4/19/23

Course Description:
Ethnic minorities and other underserved clients experience unique stressors such as microaggressions and oppression. TEAM-CBT therapists need to be aware of unique challenges and barriers that might present when working with diverse populations. This 4-week course addresses how to apply CBT in a culturally humble manner that can improve therapy outcomes with diverse clients. Each week will include skills practice and feedback.

Weekly Curriculum:

Week 1: Therapists will learn to recognize the impact of microaggressions and will be provided a model to practice that can decrease the harmful impact when microaggressions occur.

Week 2: Therapists will learn tips for how to provide empathy in multicultural situations. Therapists will practice using empathy skills in small groups.

Week 3: Therapists will learn how to incorporate diversity considerations when using measurement (Routine Outcome Monitoring) in therapy sessions and addressing resistance in therapy with written learning exercises.

Week 4: Therapists will learn how to incorporate diversity considerations when using CBT methods through role-play practice.

Learning Objectives:

1) Describe the importance of a multicultural lens in the practice of CBT.
2) Describe the impact of microaggressions and explain why they are harmful.
3) Demonstrate how to handle microaggressions so that harm is reduced.
4) Demonstrate the use of empathy in situations involving racism and diversity.
5) Explain how to enhance therapy measurement to assess aspects of identity.
6) Demonstrate how to validate racial trauma in the agenda setting phase of therapy.
7) Explain how to distinguish distorted thoughts from valid thoughts that stem from situations that are racially traumatic.
8) Describe how to choose an appropriate CBT method that considers systemic oppression.

Live attendance at all four classes AND completion of post-course survey is required to earn CE credit. No partial CE credit is allowed.

Continuing Education Accreditation
*The Feeling Good Institute (FGI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Feeling Good Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Feeling Good Institute Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0175. This course has been approved by FGI as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 8 CEs. NAADAC Provider #149212. The Feeling Good Institute (FGI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6750. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. FGI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Feeling Good Institute, #1442, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 05/30/2021-05/30/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 8 continuing education credits. Feeling Good Institute, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0678. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to attendees who attend 100% of the training within a week of completion of the workshop survey. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations please contact Dr. Maor Katz at

Instructor Bios:

Magdalene Holtam, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California that specializes in providing evidence-based treatments, such as TEAM-CBT and ERP, to individuals with OCD, anxiety and other mood disorders. Dr. Holtam has more than 15 years of experience conducting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Magdalene is a certified Level 5 Master Therapist and Trainer in TEAM-CBT therapy.

Erika Roldan Hulse Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT is the coordinator of the adolescent intensive therapy program at Feeling Good Institute. Erika is level 3 certified in TEAM-CBT. She provides therapy for anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns for families and individuals of all ages using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Feeling Good Institute in Mountain View.

Course Dates: Thursdays: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, and 5/11, 20...

  • All Course Materials & Zoom Link will be available on this page on 4/6/23
  • Pre-Course Preparation - Please Complete Before April 20th, 2023
  • 0.0| Diversity in CBT Syllabus
  • 0.1| Course Details
  • 0.2| Terms List for Affirmative Psychological Practice
  • 0.3| TEAM-CBT For Diverse and Multicultural Populations (90 min) by Sunny Choi
  • 0.4| Making TEAM-CBT More Effective: Incorporating Social Justice Therapy
  • 0.5| This concludes the pre-coursework
  • Week 1 | 4/20/23 Microaggressions
  • Week 2 | 4/27/23 Empathy
  • Week 3 | 5/4/23 Testing and Assessment of Resistance
  • Week 4 | 5/11/23 Methods
  • Course Completion Section - Only Proceed AFTER you have completed all 4 weeks
  • 5.0 | End of Course Attestation
Completion rules
  • You must complete the test "5.0 | End of Course Attestation"