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Uncovering Implicit Bias: Cultural Diversity in 2018

  • Sunday, October 07, 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church | 7304 Jordan Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91303

We are excited to be partnering with the the Outreach Committee of SFV-CAMFT is for this special event!


"Uncovering Implicit Bias: Cultural Diversity in 2018" with Beth Jakubanis, LCSW; Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT; Allen Libscomb, PsyD, LCSW; Rizi Timane, ASW, MSW -- moderated by Amanda Lee, LCSW

Cultural diversity has never been more relevant than it is currently. As clinicians we are leaders in how to responsibly address differences and break through hidden biases that are embedded in our social constructs. The research is clear; we are all subject unwittingly to implicit bias. How is this unwitting implicit bias hindering our work with our culturally diverse clients?

Join us for this panel discussion with four experts in varying areas of cultural diversity. Our panelists will discuss implicit bias and what you may need to know for your practice when working with clients whose racial or cultural background, legal status, or gender is different from our own.

We invite you to follow this link and take the Implicit Association Test (IAT), part of the Implicit Project through Harvard University, to assess your own implicit bias. Taking some of these assessments will add relevance and richness to our panel discussion on October 7th. NOTE: All results are confidential. No one besides you will know the results of these assessments. No one will be asked to disclose the results of these assessments. This is for your benefit only.


In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 5 questions to ask during an intake or on an intake questionnaire to be more culturally responsive.
  • Describe 2 ways to respond to a client's concerns regarding differences (or perceived differences) in race, culture, or lifestyle between the client and clinician in order to build rapport and increase positive therapeutic outcome.
  • Identify 3 situations where adapting current treatment interventions is relevant based on client diversity.
  • Identify 2 or more resources to expand clinician cultural competency skills (e.g. how to identify own biases and expand knowledge of diverse populations).

Amanda Lee, LCSW, Director of Field Education, Integrated Behavioral Health Stipend Coordinator and Lecturer at San Diego State University’s School of Social Work. Ms. Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. Ms. Lee attended the University of California, San Diego for her B.S. in General Biology and obtained her MSW at the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in Gerontology. Ms. Lee has dedicated a large part of her career to serving individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, refugees and immigrants, and the elderly. She has had the opportunity to practice social work in a variety of settings, such as, adult outpatient and inpatient mental health, memory care, home-based intensive treatment and PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), as well as abroad in New Zealand for the Waitemata District Health Board for several years where she took part in developing a sub-acute treatment and rehabilitation team serving older adults with mental illness.

Ms. Lee has extensive experience working with cultural minorities, such as Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants and refugees and individuals who identify as LGBT+. She is a member of the Diversity Committee at the School of Social Work and recently participated in “LGBT+ Voices: A Cultural Experience”, a student success fee event at San Diego State University, as a guest speaker exploring the intersectionality of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity/race, and culture. She was the co-investigator on “LGBT+ Young Adults: Stigma, Coping Methods, and Cultural Implications”.

Ms. Lee currently serves as the Director of Field Education at the School of Social Work at SDSU and enjoys having the opportunity to play a part in the development of the community's future professional social workers.

Rizi Timane, LCSW, MSW, PhD, DSW (i) is a female to male Transgender specialist educator and pre-licensed psychotherapist. He is currently employed as the Transgender Health Program Manager at St John’s Well child and Family Center in Los Angeles and his work with the Trans community spans the past 11 years during which he has spoken as a Transgender Expert at many venues including the United Nations, Hospitals, Seminaries, Churches and a multitude of Universities. Rizi has also appeared on numerous TV shows including, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, and publications such as Forbes, USA Today and Ebony Magazine. His memoir "An Unspoken compromise" detailing his discovery at 8 years old that he was Trans and his eventual decision to transition in his 30's, is an Amazon best-selling memoir. Rizi is also the founding Director of the Happy Transgender Center, established in 2012, through which he provides an annual transgender surgery grant that has fully paid for 7 Trans individuals to have gender confirming surgeries. Rizi is also an actor and singer and his annual surgery grant is entirely funded from sales of his book, movies and music. To learn more about Rizi and his work at www.Rizitimane.com and to learn more about St John’s Transgender Health Program, visit www.wellchild.org/transgender-health-program

Contact: 323-541-1600 Extension 1068 | Rtimane@wellchild.org or Rizitimane@gmail.com

Allen Eugene Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW, Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. Dr. Lipscomb received his doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) with a clinical emphasis in marriage, family and child psychotherapy from Ryokan College and his master of social work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. Upon completing his doctorate, he earned a certification in mixed-methods community based research from the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb studied diversity and inclusion practices for human resources within organizations through Cornell University; earning a certification from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth and families of color. He has worked in collaboration with Alhambra Unified School District; Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Los Angeles County Department of Probation; Los Angeles Unified School District and California Community Care Licensing.

His areas of research are centered on the psychiatric epidemiology among racialized and marginalized individuals who have experienced trauma (i.e. complex trauma, traumatic-grief and race-based trauma). Specifically, Dr. Lipscomb has conducted numerous qualitative research studies on racialized Black identified men across the Black/African Diaspora exploring their grief, loss and complex-trauma experiences.

His pedagogy is centered on cultural anti-oppressive and clinically-responsive inclusive practices with consumers. Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local, national and international trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote/motivational speaker. Dr. Lipscomb is an author and published his first book titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment.

Recent publications:

Ashley, W. & Lipscomb, A.E. (2018). Culturally Affirming Clinical Supervision in Graduate Field Education: Enhancing Transformative Dialogue in the Supervisory Dyad. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (3). https://doi.org/10.5430/irhe.v3n3

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W. (2018). Black Male Grief Through the Lens of Racialization and Oppression: Effective Instruction for Graduate Clinical Programs. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (2). https://doi.org/10.5430/irhe.v3n2p51

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W., Mountz, S. (2017). From the Teachers' Perspective: Exploring Ways to Navigate Transformative Dialogues about Microaggressions in Social Work Higher Education. International Research in Higher Education, 2 (3). https://doi.org/10.5430/irhe.v2n3p50


Lipscomb, A. E. (2016). Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man’s Mental Health Treatment. https://www.amazon.com/Black-Male-Grief-Reaction-Trauma/dp/1533288119


This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

* = non CEU portion of course

Location is ADA compliant.


  • $20 for all before September 30th
  • $30 for all October 1st through 6th
  • Register online by Friday, October 6th (night before event) 11:59pm.
  • $35 walk-in | No cash or check, credit cards only.

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CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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