WORKSHOP: Creating a Culturally Safe Space in Clinical Practice

DATE: Friday, October 14, 2022 – 9 am – 5 pm.


Creating a Culturally Safe Space in Clinical Practice: An Introduction to Cultural Competence, Cultural Humility, and Culturally Informed Therapeutic Care – presented by Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo, Ph.D.

Location: Admiral Room, Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax


Members – Early bird $185; Members – After Sept. 15th $200.

Student members $75; Student non-members $100

Group rate is available for more than 4 people from the same organization. See brochure.

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This workshop is open to Psychologists, Psychology students, as well as other health professionals with an interest in the topic.

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Workshop Overview

This workshop will introduce participants to the foundational knowledge and concepts related to culture, diversity, and clinical practice. Specifically, the concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility, as two complementing frameworks for promoting clinicians’ multicultural development and identity, will be discussed.

This workshop approaches cultural training from a personal-growth and professional-development perspective and a social justice stance. Using mental health counselling and therapy intervention as an example of creating culturally safe spaces for clients, this workshop will guide participants to reflect and think through critical cultural diversity issues of themselves as well as of others.

Practical and evidence-based examples will be used to illustrate the content and to help link participants’ learning to their experiences.

Topics to be Covered

• Intersection of culture and diversity issues and clinical/health care

• Definition and Illustration of multicultural competence and cultural humility in practice

• Issues on clinicians’ intersectionality of identities and implicit biases

• Strategies to enhance individual-level and institutional/organizational-level changes to promote racial equity and cultural safety

• Paths forward for clinicians continued cultural learning and development.


Dr. Ben C. H. Kuois a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor and a licensed, practicing psychologist in Ontario. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Kuo’s research focuses on the critical interface between culture and mental health, specifically on how culturally-diverse groups and individuals cope with stress and respond to psychological and mental health concerns. As a clinician, Dr. Kuo has worked and treated international students, immigrants, refugees, racial/ethnic minorities and non-minority individuals in the U.S., Canada, and Asia. Dr. Kuo is an experienced and active clinical supervisor who teaches and supervises clinical psychology Ph.D. students in providing mental health interventions to refugees and other culturally-diverse populations. Dr. Kuo also works very closely with various community and health agencies/networks and involves in policy initiatives, provincially and nationally in Canada. Dr. Kuo has lectured and taught internationally in Taiwan, China, Thailand, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, Poland, the U.K., and Canada, as a distinguished visiting professor and/ or invited teaching faculty. Dr. Kuo has received multiple honours, including the University of Windsor Outstand Research Award: Established Researcher/Scholar Category in 2017; the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences’ Dr. Kathleen E. McCrone Teaching Award in 2017; the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award in 2019; and most recently the John C. Service Member of the Year Award of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2021 (for his volunteer counselling and psychotherapy service for COVID-19 frontline health workers). Dr. Kuo is also currently serving as an executive member of the Education and Training Committee of the Canadian Psychological Association.