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October 20 2018 9:00 am   through   October 20 2018 4:30 pm
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
See location under description.
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
Phone: 425-896-6717
Professionals $ 175.00
Bastyr Alumni $ 155.00
F/Time Students W/ID $ 75.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience students in health care program, naturopathic doctors, medical doctors & physician assistants, nurses & nurse practitioners, counselors, mental health therapists, marriage & family therapists, psychologist & social workers
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We all have cultural biases - it is the nature of being human. In order to provide excellent care, it is imperative that health practitioners become aware of their own cultural biases. In this seminar explore how your cultural values and biases can affect your interactions with people who are different from you in categories such as race, religion, sexual orientation, physical condition, socio-economic status and gender. Appropriate for any health practitioner. Date: Saturday October 20, 2018 Time: from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Michael Kahn, LPC, JD (6 CEUs).

The various ethics codes discuss culture and bias as they relate to the professional relationship. As examples, the APA code mandates that psychologists “ensure that their potential biases do not lead to or condone unjust practices”, the ACA code requires that counselors “explore their own cultural identities and how these affect their values and beliefs about the counseling process”, the AMA code says that physicians “take care that their actions do not discriminate against or unduly burden individual patients or populations of patients….” and the ANA code states that “nurses establish relationships of trust and provide nursing services according to need, setting aside any bias or prejudice.” The goal of this seminar is not to eliminate biases (an impossible task), but to increase awareness of them so they do not interfere with the client’s or patient’s progress.

In that regard, we will review research studies that illustrate the negative impact of bias inside and outside the clinic setting. The challenge is that health practitioners already see themselves as fair and decent people. They are also in positions of power so they may miss the bias that occurs. Moreover, clients and patients are less likely to confront their health practitioner due to this power dynamic. We will discuss steps health practitioners can take to reduce bias or at least the impact of bias.

The seminar will be highly interactive, using clips from feature films and other video to illustrate the issues and spark an open discussion in both small and large groups.

Upon completion of the seminar you will be able to:

  • Explain how the professional's biases can impact decision-making and relationships. 
  • Define and recognize implicit bias and microninsults/invalidations
  • Identify ways to reduce implicit bias and microinsults/invalidations
  • Describe the importance of “cultural auditing” throughout the professional relationship.
  • Review obstacles to honest self-examination.
  • Identify an ethical decision-making model.
  • Explore the field of behavioral ethics, including why we can experience gaps between actual and desired behavior.

Register by 10/1 and recieve the early rate*

Meals: One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons.

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room #63. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Eligible for 6 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs, CPEUs, and/or CEs for the following professions:

  • ND (except those licensed in CA)
  • MD & PA - Category II CMEs (those licensed in WA)
  • ARNP & RN (licensed in WA)
  • LMFT, LMHC, LICSW & PsyD (licensed in WA)
  • LMP (licensed in WA)
  • Eligibility Pending: LMP NCBTMB CEs
  • PT & OT (licensed in WA)
  • DC (licensed in WA)
  • Eligibility Pending: LAc - NCCAOM PDAs
  • CA LAc (licensed through the CA Acupuncture Board) Category 1; CEP 453
  • Eligibility Pending: RD - ADA CPEU

Cancellation, transfer and refund policy can be found here

Michael Kahn, LPC, JD holds a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. He has been a counselor since 1994 and he presents workshops on ethics, grief, diversity and other topics for health professionals and lawyers throughout the U.S. and abroad, including for the U.S. military.

Michael wrote the chapter Saying Goodbye: Loss and Bereavement” in Cinemeducation, Volume 2: Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education. He is among the forefront in his field in the use of film in therapy and workshops. In his free time Michael makes documentary films. Go to for information about upcoming workshops.