Talking About Race and Racism with Clients: Challenges, Benefits & Strategies for Fostering Meaningful Dialogue
Webinar 5

Talking About Race and Racism with Clients: Challenges, Benefits & Strategies for Fostering Meaningful Dialogue

HELD: Thursday, September 17, 202010:00am-11:30am (PST)


Please join us for the webinar, Talking About Race and Racism with Clients: Challenges, Benefits & Strategies for Fostering Meaningful Dialogue, the fifth webinar in the five (5) webinar series, Eliminating Inequities in Behavioral Health Care. The goal of this webinar is to build participant’s skills to effectively engage in conversations about race with their clients that is healing, and ultimately, promotes racial equity. 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 include:

  1. Participants are able to recite one or more cultural formulation interview questions for eliciting the client’s understanding of the problem and avoiding pathologizing experiences of racism among behavioral health clients who are BIPOC.
  2. Participants are able to cite at least two symptoms of “acute racism reaction” that are important to consider when conducting assessments and treating behavioral health clients who are BIPOC.
  3. Participants are able to discuss one or more factors to consider when assessing the value for treatment of initiating a dialogue about race, racial identity and/or racism with behavioral health clients who are BIPOC.


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

Dr. Gloria Morrow is one of the nation’s leading clinical psychologists, who devoted her early career to teaching students in undergraduate and graduate psychology programs. As an academician, clinician and author, her teaching, counseling and books have helped thousands of people find true inner healing. Dr. Gloria is the Director of Behavioral Health for Unicare Community Health Center.

As an academician and researcher, Dr. Gloria has presented the results of her research at professional conferences all over the world, including the University of Cape Town, in Cape Town, South Africa.

As a top-rated professional with profound insight in her trade, Dr. Gloria’s work has been published in scholarly journals and books. She has also been cited in critically acclaimed national publications such as “Psychology Today,” “Jet,” “Heart and Soul,” “Essence,” “Womans Day,” and Black Enterprise.

Dr. Gloria, a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar/workshop facilitator, has shared her expertise on many topics, including depression, anxiety, marriage and relationship issues, and a variety of issues relative to people of color from all ethnic backgrounds. She has become well known throughout the faith community because of her willingness to address the issue of mental illness in the church and the role of pastors and church leaders in granting permission for parishioners to seek mental health services outside the church when appropriate.

Dr. Gloria is a Master Trainer for the CBMCS (California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale) Training Program, and she helped to develop the training curriculum. This program focuses on the four major ethnic groups: African American, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino/Mexican American, and American Indian/Native American. In addition, she has facilitated several workshops and seminars focusing on cultural competency issues. Her work surrounding the role of Spirituality in recovery has gained notoriety with the development of a three-day training and handbook entitled S.A.F.E. (Spirituality and Faith Empowers) to equip the faith community and mental health professionals to help hurting people. Dr. Gloria also speaks on topics focusing on trauma and domestic violence.

Dr. Gloria serves as a leadership coach who helps leaders to become more effective leaders, and organizations to become better organized and equipped for success. She also serves as a consultant for the Healthy Heritage Movement, Inc. and is working on the “Broken Crayons Still Color” (BCSC) project, whose curriculum is based on her book, “Too Broken to be Fixed? A Spiritual Guide to Inner Healing. BCSC is funded by the State of California.  Further, she sits on the board of the California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP).

Dr. Gloria has been interviewed on a variety of radio talk shows, including KPFK 90.7 FM’s talk show, The Bev Smith Show, and The Warren Ballentine Show. She served as a relationship expert on Radio One’s 102.5 in Atlanta for Marriage Monday with radio host Darlene McCoy. She has been a frequent guest on the Michael Baisden Show, a nationally syndicated XM radio show and has appeared as an expert guest on his television show, Baisden After Dark on TV One. Dr. Gloria has appeared as a frequent guest on CNN.  Dr. Gloria has also been a guest on TBN to discuss depression and grief. Dr. Gloria hosts a Facebook live weekly show called “A Brand New Me with Dr. Gloria,” at 7:00AM/PST.

Dr. Gloria has authored several books entitled: “Too Broken to be Fixed? A Spiritual Guide to Inner Healing;”   “Strengthening the Ties that Bind: A Guide to a Healthy Marriage;” “Keeping it Real! 7 Steps Toward a Healthier You;” “The Things that Make Men Cry,” “Create Your Blueprint for Good Success” and its companion “A Life Plan Portfolio.” She has also developed a DVD entitled: “Suffer in Silence No More” and an audio CD entitled “Maintaining Positive Emotions During Tough Times.” Her latest book entitled, Don’t Date! Investigate” is scheduled for release in 2016. Dr. Gloria is a new playwright and wrote and produced “The Things That Make Men Cry” based on her book of the same name, “Three Times A Lady” and “Detours.” She just completed writing the stage play “Don’t Date! Investigate,” which will be produced in 2019. Dr. Gloria also just completed the first draft of her first feature film.

Dr. Gloria holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA; a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA.  Please visit for her complete Curriculum Vitae.

Alice Washington is an associate at the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Ms. Washington was awarded a Bachelor’s of Art degree from Stanford University during March of 1988.  Her major was Sociology: Social Sciences. In the past few years, Ms. Washington has received a Train-the-Trainer Certificate from California State University, Sacramento.  In 2013, Alice completed an A.S. in Graphic Design. She also completed a Diploma in Web Design and Interactive Media in December 2015. In 2017, Alice started a blog called “Just Saying…All About That Hope” where she highlighted stories of lived experience associate with mental health, substance use, etc. Today, Alice is learning illustration techniques with the goal of becoming an accomplished artist. She has had several art shows in the Sacramento Area and several mentions in an international school’s art bulletin. She is achieving a personal recovery goal of becoming a member of the art community, in-person, virtually,  and online. Alice is “becoming” who she really is – an artist.


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