Implicit Bias: Recognizing Its Harmful Impact and Taking Actions to Counter Unconscious Bias
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Implicit Bias: Recognizing Its Harmful Impact and Taking Actions to Counter Unconscious Bias

HELD: Thursday, September 3, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am (PST)


Please join us for the webinar, Implicit Bias: Recognizing Its Harmful Impact and Taking Actions to Counter Unconscious Bias, the third webinar in the five (5) webinar series, Eliminating Inequities in Behavioral Health Care. The goal of this webinar is to demonstrate how implicit bias not only impacts clinical decision-making and influences patient/provider interactions, but also obscures and compounds structural racism. Participants will also be introduced to strategies to help mitigate implicit bias at the interpersonal level. The target audience for the series includes behavioral health care leadership, administrators and managers, ethnic service managers, peer professionals, clinical supervisors, clinicians/direct care providers, and care managers.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to list three examples of historical trauma and related behavioral health risks that are important when developing a clinical formulation to support recovery among persons of color in behavioral health treatment.
  2. Participants will be able to list one or more Equity Empowerment informed strategies for promoting clinical decision making that is free from implicit bias when treating persons of color with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.
  3. Participants will be able to describe two or more techniques for increasing engagement from first point of contact, and thus building clinical rapport with persons of color seeking behavioral health treatment and who have a mistrust of the system as a result of historical trauma.


Adèle James is the founder and CEO of Adèle James Consulting Inc. ( She brings more than 20-years experience in public, non-profit and philanthropic sectors, including 11 years in foundation grant making with three California based foundations. Over the past 20 years, she has managed multi-subject grant portfolios throughout California. She brings a comprehensive expertise as a funder, organizational development consultant, university faculty member, and executive coach. Her services include program planning and design, participatory action research, meeting facilitation, training, executive coaching, assessment and implementation of organizational equity and inclusion practices. As part of the Mental Health Services Act’s Statewide Prevention & Early Intervention Initiatives’ $140 million disbursement, Adèle co-facilitated the proposal review process, developed recommendations for grantee capacity building, as well as designed, facilitated a two-day orientation for awardees. Her portfolio also includes working with a collaborative of 9 family resource centers to design and implement a Cultural Responsiveness Action Plan based on the National Cultural & Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) Standards, and development of an accompanying Cultural Responsiveness Toolkit.

A native of Trinidad, West Indies, Adèle is passionate about improving programs and systems to serve increasingly diverse communities. Adèle loves the adventure of international travel and is working on a forthcoming book of stories and photography of the work of artists and artisans in Trinidad & Tobago ( Adèle holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MA from Stanford University in International Development Education.     

Eric Haram is owner of Haram Consulting LLC, a health and behavioral healthcare consulting firm. Haram Consulting LLC offers technical assistance for all aspects of strategic planning, workforce development and clinical and business systems design for states, institutions and organizations. Eric’s professional experience includes 30 years delivering, designing and directing substance abuse treatment services in hospitals, correctional facilities, and community behavioral health centers.  As a national consultant, Eric provides expertise in 11 states, from California to West Virginia and including his home state of Maine. He also provides countless hours of advocacy for improved access to addiction and mental health treatment in the Maine State Legislature and was President and Board Chair of the Maine Association for Substance Abuse Programs from 2007-2013.


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