Counseling a Changing World

Dr. Melba Vasquez APA PresidentDr. Melba Vasquez
Dr. Walter Cubberly  Dr. Walter E. Cubberly

We can change the world by helping to improve one life at a time. But because we often relate most easily to people similar to ourselves, diversity among those we hope to help presents challenges for all of us. The American Psychological Association's (APA) first Latina president, Melba Vasquez, brings to the University of Houston, Multicultural Competence & Ethics in a Changing World, a conference workshop addressing the ethics of multicultural counseling and psychotherapy. The workshop will help professional counselors reduce or eliminate the challenges that come along with counseling a diverse client base.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Dr. Walter E. Cubberly Fellowship Endowment Fund.

This presentation will include the ethical imperatives that underlie the importance of multicultural competence in psychotherapy with members of racial/ethnic minority groups, including immigrant and international groups. Potential obstacles as well as positive strategies will be identified to assist practitioners who wish to provide competent ethical services to ethnic minority populations. Case vignettes from the presenter's own experience will be discussed.

Conference Details

Friday, October 21, 2011
Workshop – 2pm-5pm
Reception – 5pm-7pm

Hilton University of Houston Hotel - Conrad Hilton Ballroom
4800 Calhoun Rd. Houston, Texas 77004

$100.00 per participant
$25.00 (students only)

Conference Registration

Additional Information
Three hours of Continuing Education Units in Ethics will be available.
Covered parking available for a fee in two locations:
Hilton Hotel Garage
Welcome Center Garage

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Unable to attend but interested in supporting our students? You can donate funds directly to the Dr. Walter E. Cubberly Fellowship Endowment.

Psychological Software Solutions has generously offered to match the first $25,000 raised for the endowment. A gift provided by an anonymous donor to the University of Houston will then match the first $50,000 raised for the scholarship endowment. Special thanks to these donors.

Melba Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Melba Vasquez is a psychologist in independent practice in Austin, Texas. She is the first Latina and first woman of color to be elected President of the American Psychological Association in its 120 year history. She is serving as the 2011 President of the 152,000 APA member organization. She is a former president of the Texas Psychological Association and of APA Divisions 35, Society of Psychology of Women and 17, Society of Counseling Psychology. She is co-founder of APA Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues and of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. She has over 70 publications in the areas of ethics, ethnic minority psychology, psychology of women, psychotherapy, and has served on editorial boards of eleven journals. She is the recipient of numerous awards.

Dr. Walter E. Cubberly Fellowship Endowment Fund.

Dr. Walt Cubberly was a professor for the University of Houston counseling psychology program and among the original faculty who founded the current counseling psychology program. From the early 1980's until his death in 2009, Dr. Cubberly taught several generations of UH counselors and psychologists the theories and techniques of group psychotherapy, as well as for marriage and family counseling. He also served as President of both the Houston and Texas Psychological Associations, and served in leadership roles for local and state professional associations. The Dr. Walter E. Cubberly Fellowship Endowment was established by university colleagues, current and former students, friends and clients to honor his contributions to UH and the profession.