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Cultural sensitivity in clinical practice

Reena Vohora

20 Sept 2023


As psychological therapists, it is imperative that we consider the importance of delivering care and support in a way that takes account of a range of individual, familial and community related factors. Although the population in the United Kingdom has become increasingly multi-cultural over time, having the space, resources and skills to explore factors relating to an individual’s cultural background and identity is not always something that has been paid sufficient attention. There are many reasons as to why it is important to consider working in a culturally sensitive way, with the key aim at the centre of this work being to improve patient experience and outcomes. Considering what we mean by ‘culturally sensitive practice’ and where to start with implementing adaptations, will also support therapists and teams to develop current clinical practices in order to work towards improving inclusion and outcomes for the clinical populations that we serve. 

The event will be equivalent to 2.3/4hrs of CPD.


This workshop will:
• Provide an opportunity to explore key concepts relating to working in a culturally sensitive way
• Invite attendees to reflect on personal/professional positioning and experience of working with difference and diversity
• Consider key factors that would be helpful to take into account when working in a culturally sensitive way (and consider possible facilitators and barriers that may be faced)
• Offer tips on how to start conversations relating to difference and diversity
• Explore what culturally sensitive assessment, formulation and intervention may include
• Consider tips for culturally sensitive supervision

Learning Objectives

You will learn:
• Key concepts relating to culturally sensitive practice
• What inclusive clinical practice may look like
• How to consider different aspects of culture and identity with patients and within teams
• How to incorporate culturally sensitive principles into your clinical and supervisory practice

Training Modalities

Didactic content, experiential components, polls, Q&A.

Key References

Ade-Serrano, Y., & Nkansa-Dwamena, O. (2020). Applied Psychology and Allied Professions working with Ethnic Minorities. The British Psychological Society.

Beck, A., Naz, S., Brooks, M. & Jankowska, M. (2019). Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Service User Positive Practice Guide. NHS England.

Beck, A. (2016). Transcultural Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety and Depression. Routledge.
Campinha-Bacote, J. (2007). The process of cultural competence in the delivery of healthcare services: The journey continues. Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates.

Fernando, S. & Keating, F. (2009). Mental Health in a Multi-Ethnic Society: A Multi-disciplinary Handbook, Routledge.

Hays, P., & Iwamasa, G. (2006). Culturally Responsive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.

Williams, M.T., Faber, S.C. & Duniya, C. (2022). Being an anti-racist clinician. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 15 (e19).

About the presenter

Dr Reena Vohora is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Reena began working in the NHS in 2005 and has worked in a range of inpatient, rehabilitation and community based mental health services and settings. Her experience has included working with individuals, couples, families and teams. 
Reena also works as an Academic Tutor, Course Tutor and EDI Lead on the University of Oxford doctoral course in clinical psychology (DClinPsy). She has been co-chair of the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Race Equality Network since 2018. Reena also contributes to a range of diversity forums across NHS and University departments. 
Reena teaches on a range of topics including issues relating to clinical skills, professional practice, self-care and well-being, compassion, diversity and inclusion, working with older people and psychological interventions for individuals with cognitive impairments. Reena’s work has included delivering workshops and training sessions for NHS staff and students across academic, clinical and media settings.

Who should attend

This webinar is suitable for psychological therapists/professionals delivering and/or supervising psychological interventions.

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This FREE conference is for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners working in Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression services and is brought to you by Bespoke Mental Health in collaboration with the NHS England Talking Therapies National PWP Leads Network

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