Talking About Race and Racism: A Developmental and Integrative Approach

10/14/2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: All Content Areas

Topics: Staff Cultural Compentency, Culturally Responsive Teaching

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

Many of us want to feel more confident talking about race and racism, but instead avoid the topic. The fear of saying something incorrect or being uncomfortable can override our good intentions when it comes to these issues. It is common to feel stuck or tense when discussing issues around race, but not fully understand why.

Differing somewhat from traditional diversity workshops, this training emphasizes a developmental and integrative approach (e.g., intercultural and social justice) to learning about these important topics in order to increase comfort and understanding.

Gaining perspective about difference itself, while using a developmental mindset, can help open the door for change in a non-shaming way. Moreover, increasing our ability to navigate our differences allows us to truly connect with others. This workshop will cover theories and concepts that will enable participants to feel more confident in discussions about race and racism, building a foundation of knowledge that can be applied to classrooms, counseling sessions and workplace settings, in addition to everyday life.

Who should attend? This workshop is designed for those in “helping professions”, such as counselors, therapists, and educators, as well as for staff and leadership in schools, clinics, nonprofits and other organizational settings, and for community members seeking to improve their communication, work more effectively, and build better relationships with diverse populations.

After this workshop, participants will be able to: - Name the most important intercultural competency skill. - Describe the six stages of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. - Identify at least three forms of racism. - Identify how at least two key cultural factors may influence difficult dialogues. - Understand and explain common ways people may get stuck when talking about race and racism.

Course Details & Registration
Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Cheryl Forster, PsyD
Noncredit: $125 before 9/15, $150 after, includes 7 PDUs or CEUs, $50 student rate. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

About the Instructor
As a psychologist and an Asian-American woman, Cheryl Forster brings a strong and unique set of skills to her work as a professional trainer and intercultural coach. Her subject matter expertise, love of learning, and warmth come across in her trainings. Cheryl graduated from Tufts University with her master’s in applied developmental psychology, and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University. Since 2004, she has worked at Portland State University’s (PSU) Center for Student Health and Counseling, where she is a therapist, supervisor, and the Coordinator of Diversity and the Psychology Internship (PSU has a doctoral internship training program). She was an Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies’ (ACCTA) Diversity Scholar, and obtained her Intercultural Practitioner Certificate from the highly respected Intercultural Communication Institute. In 2016, she was given a Contribution to Knowledge Award from PSU. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and professional affiliate of Divisions 45 and 52 of the APA: The Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, and International Psychology, respectively. Moreover, Cheryl is a contributing author in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015), and also pursues ongoing advanced studies in organizational psychology, trauma-informed services, interpersonal neurobiology, conflict resolution, and training and development. Her commitment to the learning process led her to establish her training and coaching business, called Bookmark Connections. Learn more about Dr. Forster’s work at