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Social Justice, Ethics and Multicultural Issues for Mental Health Professionals: Clinical Strategies for Inclusivity, Empowerment and Improved Treatment Outcomes

Lisa Connors, LBSW, LCPC, NCC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Coach, Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. She is also Certified in Thanatology.

Ms. Connors has been in the human services/social work/counseling fields for 30 years. She has worked in a variety of settings providing services to the despondent and downtrodden. Ms. Connors works tirelessly to help others reach their fullest potential in life, helping and empowering others who have been oppressed, stigmatized, marginalized, and victimized. Her greatest passion is working with individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, substance use and mental health disorders, violence/abuse/trauma, grief and loss, and social injustices.

Ms. Connors has served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and is the past co-chair of the HIV Planning Group for the State of Maryland. Currently, she is the President-Elect of the Maryland Association of Addiction Professionals. In addition to her clinical work, Ms. Connors is a college professor at Anne Arundel Community College. She is a member of many organizations, including ACA, NASW, NAADAC, and ADEC. Ms. Connors earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, her Master of Divinity from Howard University, and is pursuing her PhD in psychology at Walden University.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lisa Connors maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Anne Arundel Community College, University of Maryland, and The Institute for Life Coach Training. She receives compensation as a consultant. Lisa Connors receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Lisa Connors is a member of the Maryland Association of Addiction Professionals, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the American Counseling Association (ACA).