Working with Cross-Cultural Couples: Unexplored Issues in Therapy
Earn 3.0 CEUs! $30 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members
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Presented By: Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT
Workshop Description: In the United States, one in six new marriages is interethnic or interracial. Today’s therapists need to be equipped to help cross-cultural couples not only navigate the usual intimacy and communication concerns, but also address issues of identity, privilege and cultural differences, which are often ignored in traditional couples therapy. To do this well, and enhance our therapeutic effectiveness, we must examine our own blind spots and biases around race and culture. In this workshop, you’ll explore: • The issues most often encountered with cross-cultural couples, such as an uneven awareness of privilege and the hidden impact of cultural assumptions and values. • How to help couples name and navigate their cultural differences by inviting cultural perspective taking through intentional discussion of differing cultural norms around gender roles and couple formation. • Interventions designed specifically to treat cross-cultural couples, including attending to pacing to ensure full language comprehension, and validating experiences of racism.
Workshop Objectives: Participants will: 1. Explore, define and discuss the most common issues faced by cross-cultural couples 2. Learn how to help couples name and navigate their cultural differences by inviting cultural perspective taking through intentional discussion of differing cultural norms around gender roles and couple formation. 3. Learn interventions designed specifically to treat cross-cultural couples, including attending to pacing to ensure full language comprehension, and validating experiences of racism.
Presenter’s Bio: Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT completed her PhD in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Family Social Science. She has taught Ethics to MFT and Counseling Psychology graduate students at St. Cloud State University, University of Wisconsin/Stout and Saint Mary’s University where she is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program. She teaches MFT Ethics and Research Methods. She has presented locally, nationally and internationally on Ethics, Cross-Cultural Issues and Fatherhood.
Dr. Lind Seal’s research has focused on confiding interactions within social networks and has been published in Psychology Today (2015) and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (2016). Other recent publications include Psychotherapy Networker’s May/June 2016, 2017 and 2018 issues. She works clinically in Spanish and in French and has worked with and provided written and oral testimony for people seeking asylum. She has a private practice in Loring Park and appears biweekly on WCCO (CBS) TV’s Midmorning show in Relationship Reboot, a segment dealing with relationships. Follow her on Twitter @drklseal.
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Date & Location
Brother Louis Hall
2304 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404