Getting Comfortable with Social Class in Psychotherapy, 1.5 CE

Presented by Amanda Mitchell, Ph.D., Stephanie Chin, M.S.Ed., Hannah Heitz, B.A., Jody Zhong, B.S. 

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Workshop Description: 

This workshop will help bring about awareness of social class, classism, and how it may materialize in the context of psychotherapy. One of the first steps in building cultural humility with social class requires comfort with discussing class and classism. In this workshop, we will focus on cultivating participants’ awareness of their own social class beliefs, biases, and comfort in discussing social class in the context of psychotherapy. Participants will learn how to identify cultural opportunities to initiate productive conversations about social class and classism during the therapy session. Participants will be led through a brief experiential exercise to practice what they have learned and to help increase comfort with addressing social class in psychotherapy. This workshop fulfills 1.5 out of the 3 hours necessary according to the KRS 319 ethics/risk management requirement for psychology professionals.

Workshop Objectives: 

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate terminology when discussing social class.
  • Define social class and classism and describe the links between class and health outcomes. 
  • Identify comfort regarding social class discussions within the context of psychotherapy.
  • Identify cultural opportunities for exploring social class in the context of psychotherapy.

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About the Presenter(s):

Stephanie Chin, M.S.Ed., is a 3rd year counseling psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Louisville. Her research interests include family dynamics, culture, discrimination, stigma, Asian American and Pacific Islander mental health, and resilience in BIPOCs in order to inform culturally appropriate treatment and interventions. She also has interest in applying cultural humility into practice and understanding how intersecting identities, including class, impact each individual’s experience. Stephanie currently holds several leadership positions within the Asian American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association. She received her M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Hunter College and B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University.

Amanda Mitchell, Ph.D., (she/her/hers) is a licensed psychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Louisville. Dr. Mitchell directs the Social Inequities in Health lab, a research program that examines the relationship between socioeconomic position and health from a biopsychosocial lens. She has also supervised the clinical work of masters and doctoral counseling psychology students from the University of Louisville.

Hannah Heitz, B.A. (she/her/hers) is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Louisville. Her current research examines the relationship between social inequities and health outcomes through a strengths-based lens. Specifically, Hannah is interested in protective factors that support wellbeing in the context of chronic stress. She graduated from Emory University with a degree in Psychology and Human Health and previously worked in the Bay Area with startups in the healthcare communications and employee wellbeing space.

Jody Zhong, B.A.,is a 5th-year doctoral student of counseling psychology at the University of Louisville. Ms. Zhong’s research and clinical interests include intersectionality, consciousness-raising, social class, and retention and thriving of folx of color in academic spaces. Ms. Zhong received her bachelor’s in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania and previously worked as a full-time research assistant at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety under Dr. Edna Foa. Laurie "Lali" McCubbin, Ph.D. Dr. Laurie “Lali” McCubbin is the Director of Training at the University of Louisville and is an indigenous scholar. Her research interests focus on stress, resilience, and well-being among indigenous peoples and people of color and adaptation and well-being among families, communities, and organizations. She has served on the Committee for Children, Youth and Families for the American Psychological Association. She is currently the Executive Director of the Resilience, Adaptation and Well-Being Project ( and Past President for the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. She has worked with several organizations including the Trager Institute, Pacific American Association, the Coeur D’Alene Tribe, and Kamehameha Schools, and published articles, chapters, and books on stress, resilience, and well-being.

Workshop Pricing:

Member registration: $50.00
Non-member registration:$75.00
Student registration:$15.00

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