Case Presentations

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Case Presentations

Case presentations are an excellent opportunity for you to get information, resources, or support regarding any clients or clinical issues in your practice related to the areas of race or racism. In the spirit of our “gracious space,” you will be supported in exploring ways to effectively negotiate the specific issues related to your case.

Choose any cases in which there is a clinical issue related to cultural identity, race, or racism. For instance, you may present a cross-cultural counseling case in which you are working with a client from a different race, and you would like some support in navigating the identity dynamics. Or you may present a case regarding an individual who has experienced racial trauma, and you are looking for tools and resources for this person. Lastly, you can think more broadly about your racial identity and explore how it may be impacting a particular client or clinical relationship. Sky’s the limit. Just make sure that culture, race, or racism is somehow involved.

We use a structured format to identify the key racial issues in your case and strategies for effectively addressing them. We ask that you write a case summary based on this format. Full sentences are not necessary for your written summary. Bullet points are fine. Please keep HIPPA requirements in mind and only disclose information required for consultation.

Case presentations are a great opportunity for you to get information, resources or support regarding any clients or clinical issues in your practice related to the areas of race or racism. In the spirit of our “gracious space” you will be supported in exploring ways to effectively negotiate the specific issues related to your case.

Choose any cases in which there is a clinical issue related to cultural identity, race and or racism. For instance, you may present a cross-cultural counseling case, in which you are working with a client from a different race, and you would like some support in navigating the identity dynamics. Or you may present a case regarding an individual who has experienced racial trauma and you are looking for tools and resources for this person. Lastly, you can think more broadly about your racial identify and explore how it may be impacting a particular client or clinical relationship. Sky’s the limit. Just make sure that culture, race or racism is somehow involved.

To help you identify the key racial issues in your case and strategies for effectively addressing them, we use a structured format highlighted below. We ask that you write a case summary based on this format. Full sentences are not necessary for your written summary. Bullet points are fine. However, please keep HIPPA requirements in mind and only disclose information necessary for consultation. Please be mindful to refrain from disclosing any information that could lead to the identification of a client engaged in therapy services.

What might I gain by doing a case presentation?

Case presentations are a great opportunity for you to get information, resources or support regarding any clients or clinical issues in your practice related to the areas of race or racism. In the spirit of our “gracious space” you will be supported in exploring ways to effectively negotiate the specific issues related to your case.

What might I gain by doing a case presentation?

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What types of cases are appropriate for presentation?

Choose any cases in which there is a clinical issue related to cultural identity, race and or racism. For instance, you may present a cross-cultural counseling case, in which you are working with a client from a different race, and you would like some support in navigating the identity dynamics. Or you may present a case regarding an individual who has experienced racial trauma and you are looking for tools and resources for this person. Lastly, you can think more broadly about your racial identify and explore how it may be impacting a particular client or clinical relationship. Sky’s the limit. Just make sure that culture, race or racism is somehow involved.

Is there a particular format for case presentations?

Yes there is. To help you identify the key racial issues in your case and strategies for effectively addressing them, we use a structured format. We ask that you write a case summary based on this format. Full sentences are not necessary for your written summary. Bullet points are fine. However, please keep HIPPA requirements in mind and only disclose information necessary for consultation. Please be mindful to refrain from disclosing any information that could lead to the identification of a client engaged in therapy services.

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Case Presentation Outline

Anti-Racism Clinical Consultation Group

Section 1: Social and Cultural Identities**
  • For Presenting Clinician
  • For Presenting Client
Section 2: Presenting Problem
  • Symptoms/impairments/clinical concerns
  • Client’s strengths and resources
  • Client’s challenges and risk factors
Section 3: Clinical Approach
  • What are the clinical goals in this case?
  • What modalities/strategies/interventions are you utilizing?
Section 4: Case Concerns
  • Why did you choose this case to present?
  • Countertransference: How do you feel about this client and how does that impact your work?
  • What questions/concerns would you like addressed about this case?
  • What resources do you need to assist this client?

**How Should I complete the section on Social and Cultural Identities?

If you are having trouble describing your identities, the ADDRESSING model, developed by Pamela Hays can be very helpful. These are the categories that Hays developed to help people identify and explore their identities.

Age and Generational Influences

Developmental Disabilities and other Disabilities

Religion and Spirituality

Ethnic and racial identity

Socioeconomic status/class

Sexual orientation

Indigenous heritage

National origin

Gender

For more information, please refer to Hays, P.A. (2008). Addressing cultural complexities in practice: assessment, diagnosis and therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

What do I do with my written case presentation?

Case presentations should be written according to the outline and then emailed to Hello@CultureAlly.org at least 72 hours (3 days) prior to your scheduled presentation, to allow time for review. Cases not submitted within 72 hours of the scheduled presentation may not be placed on the agenda. Attempts will be made to reschedule your presentation; however, this cannot be guaranteed.

How long will I have for my presentation?

Each presentation is allotted 30 minutes. This includes time for you to read your case summary and for people to address your specific questions.

What happens if I don’t like the suggestions offered by the group?

We understand that people will have different ideas and approaches to complex clinical questions. Please note that you are never required to follow any suggestions received and retain ethical and legal responsibility for any suggestions employed in your practice. Remember, there are never any “bad questions,” “shaming” or “calling out.” This is a gracious space, and we are here to support you.

Do I have to present a case in order to participate in a consultation group?

You are not required to do a case presentation to participate in an antiracism consultation group. You are also welcome to simply come to a consultation group and help support other clinicians. However, case presentations are an excellent opportunity for growth and we encourage you to take advantage of them. As we strive to move beyond performative behaviors, its important that we each participate in opportunities designed for growth and cross-cultural engagement

What if I’m still feeling nervous or self-conscious?

Many people experience some anxiety when they present for the first time. We are here for you. If you have any remaining questions or concerns, please send us a message. We would love to hear from you and provide further support. Email us at Hello@CultureAlly.org and we will get back to you shortly!

What do I do with my written case presentation?

Case presentations should be written according to the outline and then emailed to Hello@CultureAlly.org at least 72 hours (3 days) prior to your scheduled presentation, to allow time for review. Cases not submitted within 72 hours of the scheduled presentation may not be placed on the agenda. Attempts will be made to reschedule your presentation; however, this cannot be guaranteed.

How long will I have for my presentation?

Each presentation is allotted 30 minutes. This includes time for you to read your case summary and for people to address your specific questions.

What happens if I don’t like the suggestions offered by the group?

We understand that people will have different ideas and approaches to complex clinical questions. Please note that you are never required to follow any suggestions received and retain ethical and legal responsibility for any suggestions employed in your practice. Remember, there are never any “bad questions,” “shaming” or “calling out.” This is a gracious space, and we are here to support you.

Do I have to present to participate in a consultation group?

You are not required to do a case presentation to participate in an antiracism consultation group. You are also welcome to simply come to a consultation group and help support other clinicians. However, case presentations are an excellent opportunity for growth and we encourage you to take advantage of them. As we strive to move beyond performative behaviors, its important that we each participate in to opportunities designed for growth and cross cultural engagement.

What if I’m still feeling nervous or self-conscious?

Many people experience some about anxiety when they present for the first time. We are here for you. If you have any remaining questions or concerns, please send us a message. We would love to hear from you and provide further support. Email us at Hello@CultureAlly.org and we will get back to you shortly!

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This workshop examines the definition of racism, explores the concept of white-body supremacy, and considers the physical impact of racial ideologies. In particular, it explores how racial conditioning and racial trauma have impacted American racial bodies. Additionally, it considers how race and racism are experienced and transferred physically and emotionally through the body.
This workshop also defines racial trauma and identifies how traumatic retentions impact individuals and racial groups. Participants practice mindful activities that help mitigate racial trauma and disperse traumatic retentions. These mindful activities will teach participants strategies to still the hyperaroused body, decrease racial distress, help connect racialized bodies, and help heal traumatic responses.

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This workshop considers how mindfulness can support antiracist work and help participants engage race and racism in their clinical practice. We will explore triggering aspects of race and strategies for remaining present amid these challenges. This interactive workshop allows participants to practice meditative practices that (1) enhance racial emotional intelligence, (2) develop racial awareness, and (3) help clinicians manage racial distress. The workshop also considers the role of self-compassion and self-care to help clinicians develop a holistic approach to manage the intensity of working with race.

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This consultation group will focus on cases in which clinicians are engaging triggering aspects of race, either themselves or with a client. There will be an opportunity for 2 case presentations utilizing a structured format. Clinicians will consider which mindfulness tools may help manage these cases, as well as other clinical considerations.

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This intermediate-level workshop is designed for counseling programs that provide services within the K-12 setting. The workshop begins with a review of bias and how a growth mindset offers a foundational approach for disrupting bias. It then moves into the concept of social justice and considers how it is at the center of a culturally responsive approach to school counseling. Next, it explores a social justice approach that looks at the similarities and differences of equality and equity in the school setting. Moving into treatment planning, clinicians will consider the role of advocacy, empowerment, consultation, and activism in addressing issues related to race. Finally, clinicians will engage in interactive simulations of intensive cross-cultural counseling issues that might occur in the district. Clinicians will be supported in devising interventions and utilizing mindfulness strategies to manage strong feelings.

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Talking about race, racism and other issues related to cultural identities often causes people to feel anxious. This intermediate-level workshop identifies how “race talk” can be triggering and helps participants consider their capacities for these conversations. Participants explore their own race stories and explore how it feels to communicate these narratives. This workshop teaches participants how to better “read race” during any interpersonal interaction, address racial issues at the moment, and manage intense emotional feelings that arise during these moments. Participants learn mindful strategies for decreasing strong personal reactions, including empathy, self-compassion, mindful listening, and mindful meditative exercises. Importantly, this workshop also provides tools for keeping racial discussions safe and gracious, yet effective ways to engage an individual who says something that is racially offensive.

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