Benchmarks at Burrell: Implicit Bias and its Clinical Implications: Identifying, Healing and Fostering Growth

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 13; Burrell Administrative Center Auditorium, 2885 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield

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What: Benchmarks at Burrell: Implicit Bias and its Clinical Implications: Identifying, Healing and Fostering Growth

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 13 (one hour off at noon for lunch)

Where: Burrell Administrative Center Auditorium, 2885 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO

Who: Bradley Lake, LICSW/LCSW-C, Private Practice and Founder of the Implicit Bias Initiative and Kavita Avul, Psy.D,CGP, Private Practice, Therapist Beyond Borders, PLLC and KonTerragroup

CE credits: Seven available upon completion of the program and post-session survey

This Intermediate-level training will take a multi-modality approach to address Implicit Bias plays. Didactic, question and answer, a relational dialogue between presenters, and small and large group experiences will be incorporated so that attendees can identify and examine Implicit Bias across a broad clinical landscape. Attendees will be able implement provided techniques to reduce negative consequences of Implicit Bias and provide healing for their clients. The program provides an inter-disciplinary multi-module approach that clearly defines, demonstrates, explores, addresses and offers hands-on experiential opportunities about Implicit Bias.

The target audience for this presentation is Mental Health Professionals that provide clinical and therapeutic services to a diverse client population. Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe a working contemporary working definition of Implicit Bias
  • Demonstrate the ways in which Implicit Bias impacts various parts of daily life (i.e., work, social, school, interpersonal relationships)
  • List and describe research that demonstrates the negative impact of Implicit Bias in the clinical relationship across client populations and client settings.
  • List and demonstrate a multi-modality approach to reducing Implicit Bias for clients
  • Demonstrate the positive impact of group therapy, both small and large groups, on the reduction of implicit bias and the healing that can occur.

About the Presenters:

Bradley Lake, LICSW, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in private practice for 30 years, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups. Bradley created a couple’s therapy theory, based on the enhancement of differentiation addressing “The Dances of Avoidance,” fusion and separation. For more than a decade Bradley has been supervising clinicians – caringly challenging them to know themselves better in the pursuit of being a better therapist.

Bradley has facilitated over 30 groups for various therapy organizations: American Academy of Psychotherapists (AAP), Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS), Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network and others. In addition, Bradley has given numerous plenaries at psychotherapy conferences.

Bradley also works as a consultant to various companies, organizations, businesses and governmental agencies, helping to identify areas of conflict and apply modalities (i.e., group work) to better understand the conflict, attain resolution and improve the working environment.

Out of his passion for the topic of Implicit Bias, Bradley created The Implicit Bias Initiative in 2019, offering workshops and trainings to various organizations (including clinical entities) to educate, attend to trauma and improve capacities to effectively address issues of Implicit Bias.

Bradley lives in Annapolis MD with his husband, two kids, and three dogs – all of which inspire him to know more about himself and the world in which he came from and the one he currently resides in.

Dr. Kavita Avula is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in international and cross-cultural psychology, well-being, trauma and resilience, crisis and critical incident response and group dynamics. As the founder of Therapist Beyond Borders, Dr. Avula also serves as the Lead Consulting Psychologist for The KonTerra Group and a consulting psychologist to The World Bank Group’s Personal & Work Stress Counseling Unit where she provides organizational consultation and staff care programming to humanitarian aid organizations on promoting emotional health and well-being. With experience in Afghanistan, Kenya, Ukraine, Uganda, Tanzania, Palestine, the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and India, Dr. Avula provides psychological support and consultation to individuals and groups living or working in high stress environments.

She began her career in university counseling and worked at several university counseling centers across the United States over the first decade of her career. She consulted to Penn State University in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal and currently consults to Georgetown University’s Office of the President on a range of topics including an initiative that strives to shift the culture in higher education to one that embraces well-being and flourishing as integral to the university experience. Finally, Dr. Avula is an educator and speaks on topics including cultivating resilience, building cultural competence, understanding micro-aggressions, addressing sexual harassment, developing a better response to sexual assault, supporting staff in distress, psychological first aid, and creating flourishing communities.


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