Annual Ethics Workshop

Ethical Considerations in Working with African American Clients: Conceptualization to Interventions

Saturday May 6, 2017

UNC School of Social Work – Chapel Hill

9:30 Opening Remarks and Annual Membership Meeting Updates

10:00-12:00 Ethics Presentation   (2.0 hours of ce in ethics)

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As clinical social workers, practicing with cultural sensitivity is mandated by our code of ethics. The context of politically divisive times underscores this responsibility. Yet, how confident are we in our cultural sensitivity? Are we aware of how implicit bias, assumption, and missing information affect our therapeutic relationships and clinical work?

Dr. April Harris-Britt; a sought-after psychologist, professor, and mentor; will discuss ethical considerations and responsibilities in working with African American clients.  She will ground us in ecological theory and highlight crucial individual, contextual, and societal factors that should inform case conceptualization and interventions. While strengthening ethical awareness, participants will learn strategies for deepening therapeutic relationships and promoting positive change.


•  Identify ethical responsibilities/considerations in working with African American clients

•  Recognize how racial identity might impact the therapeutic relationship

•  Utilize ecological theory in work with African-American clients

•  Identify individual, contextual, and societal factors that should be considered when developing a case conceptualization for African-American clients

•  Describe strategies and interventions that promote change and growth

•  Analyze the ethical implications of various approaches when working with African American clients.


April Harris-Britt, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham since 2003.  She received her BA and PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill.  In addition to providing child, adolescent, family, and group therapy, Dr. Harris-Britt c onducts comprehensive psychological child custody, and parental competency evaluations as well as parent coordination and consultation to parents, schools, physicians, and the Courts. Specific areas of focus include trauma and violence, adoption and attachment, medically fragile children, ADHD and learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, coparenting, reunification, and multicultural issues.

Dr. Harris-Britt maintains a faculty appointment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Fielding Graduate University, where she is actively engaged in teaching and research. Some of her work has been featured on CNN, in Newsweek, on local television and radio news programs, and in the New York Times Bestseller, NurtureShock. She is currently a member of the Board for the Center for Cooperative Parenting and the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interests (BAPPI) for the American Psychological Association (APA).