New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Mid Hudson Chapter with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Course Number: 282      Location: ZOOM - Mid Hudson

Jonathan Rust, Ph.D., N.C.C.

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Logon Time:   

9:45am - 10:00am

Presentation: 10:00am - 1:15pm



With the recent social upheaval and turmoil over the past ten months related to the Black Lives Matter movement, following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery (amongst others), and the social inequities exposed by the COVID19 pandemic disproportionally affecting Black, Brown, and poor urban communities, our society’s consciousness has been raised to forces of power, privilege, cultural difference, social hierarchies, oppression, and discrimination, that have always been present, to a level that has not been seen since the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.

This context gives mental health providers a special opportunity to examine these powerful and ubiquitous social and cultural forces as they relate to the theoretical underpinnings and practice of psychotherapy, understanding ourselves and our clients as racial/cultural beings, and providing multiculturally competent counseling services to our clients. The overall goal of this webinar is to provide mental health providers with relevant knowledge of systemic sociocultural forces that affect their understanding of themselves, their clients, and how they provide services to their clients; and to help them develop new perspectives and skills in providing multiculturally competent services to their clients.

To this end, this webinar will: a.) define and explore systemic racism and differentiate it from individual thoughts, affect, and behaviors that result in prejudice and discrimination;  b.) examine power and privilege (or the lack there of) related to social hierarchies around racial/cultural group memberships and how these phenomena may affect how clinicians see, understand, and provide services to their clients, and affect their clients’ psychological realities and functioning; and c.) assist participants in examining themselves as racial/cultural beings as well as how they may benefit (or not) from systemic racism (or other systemic forms of oppression) and develop/generate new perspectives and skills to address these systemic sociocultural forces in working with their clients.


Format:  Video and audio clips

Handout:  Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define systemic racism and differentiate it from racism associated with individuals' attitudes and behaviors by listing at least three differences.
  2. Explain how systemic racism, especially how it relates to power, privilege, and access to resources, is relevant and present in your work with clients, by identifying at least three ways it affects your attitudes and behaviors, your clients' attitudes and behavior, and the interaction or dynamics in the relationship between you and your clients.
  3. Identify your racial/cultural group memberships and identities, understand how they are relevant to systemic racism, power, privilege, and access to resources, and identify at least three ways these factors affect your work as therapists.
  4. Identify three to five new interventions or skills to address systemic racism
    as part of your work with clients on individual, group, institutional, and
    societal levels. 

Dr. Jonathan Rust is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Counselor Education at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. As a faculty member in the Counselor Education program, he is responsible for training the school counseling and mental health counseling students. Relevant courses he teaches include Multicultural Counseling and Group Dynamics and Counseling. He is a Certified Group Relations Consultant with the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems as well as a member of the affiliate organization the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations and Social Systems. Furthermore, Dr. Rust is a NYS licensed psychologist and a National Certified Counselor, who maintains a private practice in Poughkeepsie, NY.  His areas of expertise in research, teaching, psychotherapy, and consulting include understanding how racial/cultural factors—and the societal power and privilege dynamics associated with these factors—systemically affect the psychosocial development and mental health of racially/culturally diverse groups. He has conducted training workshops on diversity and multicultural counseling for the Hudson Valley Psychological Association, the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and for Vassar College’s Counseling Service. In addition, Dr. Rust has provided consultative services to the Greenburgh Eleven Union Free School District assessing the racial/cultural attitudes and dynamics that affected the school district’s task of educating a racially/ethnically diverse student body.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending: social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental
health counselors.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056; Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Presentation:             10:00am - 1:15pm

Members:                 $20
               Non-members:        $60
               Students (Non-member) with ID:    $25
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

Late Fee:  
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                   Late Fee charge takes
           effect on December 10,

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Registration through Zoom must be done
the Friday before the course whether you plan on joining the session by phone or by computer.

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         in your confirmation email.**

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