Cultural Competence for Competent Counseling


Each person’s culture both dictates what they can experience & what they cannot experience. In other words, culture shapes their personal universe. This is equally true for both clients & therapists. We are more effective as therapists when we understand & appreciate these dynamics. When our client’s feel, think & believe that we understand what their lives feel like to them, they open up to us & we are more effective.

The focus of this presentation will be on becoming sensitive to the cultural dynamics that contribute to their pain & suffering, so that we may help reduce that pain & suffering to the extent possible.

The general default mode in our field, is to assume that our general models of counseling / psychotherapy work equally well for all of our clients / patients; in other words: one size fits all. Effective therapists know better than that! We will discuss the need to understand & deal with different people in differing ways.



September 14, 2018


1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

# of CEU's:


Presenter Name:

Steve Eisenberg

About the Presenter:

Steve Eisenberg is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in the area of sexual issues. Steve has been providing sex therapy for thirty five years, having extensive training from the Loyola University Medical School, Sexual Dysfunction Clinic. In addition to his long standing private practice he also is a Certified Family and Divorce mediator and teaches in the graduate program in clinical psychology at Benedictine University.