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Cross-Cultural Couples Counseling
DVD Video
$219.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on January 11, 2021.
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Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
1/11/2021 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Determine the Issue of culture in the context of couples therapy.
  2. Distinguish the different types of cross-cultural couples counseling.
  3. Evaluate how to bring culture into the counseling session.
  4. Use culture as a tool during the assessment process.
  5. Address cultural issues in the context of therapy.
  6. Appraise strategies to facilitate effective communication.
  7. Assess couples counseling theories and interventions that work.
Why Culture Is Important in the Couples Counseling Relationship
  • What is culture? Why is it relevant?
  • Synthesizing culture & personal identity
  • The clinician’s self-assessment
  • Acknowledging your own cultural biases
Understanding Cross-Cultural Couples
  • Understanding cross-culturalism & multi-culturalism
  • Assess differences in geography/region, socioeconomic status
  • Assess differences in ethnicity, religion
  • Appraise differences and its impact of culture to relationships
  • Conversational tools, 3-session model and other interventions
Common Differences in Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • Understanding ‘cultural lens’ for you and your clients
  • How to recognize outside negative attitudes (i.e. discrimination)
  • How to educate your clients on each other’s culture and see their worldviews
Manage Family Confrontation and Address Racism Within the Family
  • How to resolve academic, religious educational, socioeconomic differences
  • How to address newsworthy, timely or political differences
  • Cultural avoidance & its negative impact to relationships
Help Your Couples Use Culture as a Strength
  • Assess their individual and shared culture in couples counseling
  • Formulate background history, upbringing, assimilation and acculturation stages
  • Differentiate between overt vs covert discriminatory practices
Couples Counseling Interventions
  • Help your clients create a culture in their household that works for them
  • Facilitate a thorough culturally relevant couples’ assessment
  • Exercises and case reviews


Kia James, EdD, LCPC, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Adjunct Professor, and a Relationship Therapist. She specializes in helping people have the best relationship with their self, so they can also have strong healthy relationships with others. As a result of moving around frequently during her early years, she realized that how you view yourself in the world has a profound impact on your mental health and well-being; therefore, she dedicated her life to improving one’s mental and emotional health and creating healthy connections with others.

Dr. James provides individual and couples counseling. She also facilitates diversity training for therapists and teaches therapists how to deal with cultural diversity issues when working with couples. She graduated from Bowie State University with a BA in Psychology, and she continued her education, and gained her Masters and Doctorate in Counseling from Argosy University, also known as, The American School of Professional Psychology. Dr. James has completed the level 3 training with the Gottman institute, specializing in helping couples attain healthy relationships. She is also an approved Gottman Educator for the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kia James is co-owner of Relationship Boosters. She is an adjunct faculty at Trinity Washington University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kia James has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Carol-Ann Trotman, LCPC, holds a Master of Science in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University. She currently resides in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area but grew up in New York City and was born in Barbados.

Since 1999, Carol-Ann has worked in the field of mental health and has been a psychotherapist in the state of Maryland since 2010. She has extensive experience in several settings including department of corrections, hospitals (inpatient and emergency department), outpatient mental health clinics, domestic violence shelters, and DC Core Services Agencies. Carol-Ann also has specialized training in Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy, Prepare/Enrich, and sex therapy.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Carol-Ann Trotman maintains a private practice. She is the co-owner of Relationship Boosters, LLC. Ms. Trotman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Carol-Ann Trotman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Monika Cope-Ward, LCSW-C earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University, Washington, D.C. She has been a licensed therapist practicing in Maryland since 2008.

Since 2001 she has worked in private and public mental health organizations providing services in settings such as community health programs for children and adults, outpatient mental health clinics and hospitals (inpatient and emergency department) and worked for many years as an auditor/trainer of mental health providers throughout the state of Maryland. Monika has received extensive training on Gottman couples therapy methods, sex therapy and has completed the Prepare/Enrich certification for therapists. She is passionate about helping people actualize their potential and relationships.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Monika Cope-Ward is co-owner of The Relationship Booster. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Monika Cope-Ward has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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