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Webinar Description

Implicit Bias is defined as an unconscious association, belief, or attitude towards any social group.  It can lead to stereotyping and since it occurs at an unconscious level, it may not be fully intentional and may be difficult to recognize or control.

The purpose of this class is to help raise awareness of how implicit bias affects us all.  We need to find ways to recognize this bias and to guard against its consequences.  We also need to discuss ways to appreciate people from different backgrounds and cultures. Participants will look at how cultural differences can affect the diagnosing of psychiatric conditions and clinical treatment.



Dr. Donna Veraldi, PhD is retired from over 40 years practice as a psychologist. Most of Dr. Veraldi's work involved a private practice of clinical and forensic work in Billings Montana. Dr. Veraldi has presented numerous papers and publications, is a past president of the Yellowstone Psychological Association, has taught at the college level, and has been a frequent presenter for the American College of Forensic Psychology.


Discuss Implicit Bias, including the possible neurological basis for it.  Discuss work done through the DSM study groups to try to offset the damaging effects of implicit bias in diagnosing and treating people of different cultures. 1 Hour

As an example, there will be a discussion of people with alternative sexual and gender orientations.  This discussion will last 30 minutes, with 30 minutes for class reactions/discussions to the first two topics.

There will be a discussion of information gathered by the surgeon general about social differences of different cultures.  There will be 30 minutes allowed for discussion.

Discussion of specific issues with American Indians and the barriers to effective mental health treatment with this group.  This discussion will include specific plans concerning ways to conceptualize and treat transgenerational transmission of trauma.  It was also include interviews with individuals who are providing mental health services on reservations.  1 hour.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define implicit bias.
  • Participants will be able to understand how implicit bias can affect mental health diagnoses and treatment.
  • Participants will be able to appreciate some of the cultural differences they may encounter.
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an introductory level ,and is beneficial for a beginner level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 4 Hours

This Webinar Offers 4 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
    • CE You LLC 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-0437

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Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here
Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
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