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Webinar 2019-11-07
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Webinar 2019-11-07

This webinar will explore: (a) the basic functioning of the brain; (b) unique aspects of brain development for adolescents and young adults; (c) exploration of unique experiences of marginalized adolescent populations; (d) description of how the brain and body are directly impacted by discrimination (cultural based stress; trauma responses; amygdala activation; etc.); and (e) specific techniques and resources that can be implemented in session with adolescent and young adult clients.

11/7/2019
When: Thursday, November 7, 2019
2:00-3:00 PM EST
Where: Online
Contact: Webinar Coordinator

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Neurobiological Implications of Discrimination and Stress on Marginalized Adolescents and Young Adults

Caitlyn McKinzie Bennett, Ph.D., LMHC (FL), LPC (TX), NCC
Michelle D. Mitchell, Ph.D., LPC (PA), NCC

Thursday, November 7, 2019
2:00-3:00 PM EST

Registration for the live webinar is now closed. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

The intersection of both multicultural and neurobiological processes positions counselors to gain valuable insight and knowledge into the experiences of clients who experience discrimination and marginalization, with the goal of providing culturally responsive care. The content of this presentation can be utilized to improve counseling services for marginalized adolescent and young adult populations (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, immigrants) and can provide context and techniques to support clients at risk of experiencing psychological and physiological damage resulting from the absence of culturally informed counseling. Specifically, this presentation will explore the following areas: (a) the basic functioning of the brain; (b) unique aspects of brain development for adolescents and young adults; (c) exploration of unique experiences of marginalized adolescent populations; (d) description of how the brain and body are directly impacted by discrimination (cultural based stress; trauma responses; amygdala activation; etc.); and (e) specific techniques and resources that can be implemented in session with adolescent and young adult clients.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify neuroscience concepts surrounding stress (i.e., stress hormones such as cortisol and brain regions such as the amygdala) and discrimination experiences.
2. Participants will recognize how diverse populations uniquely experience marginalization, discrimination, and stress, with a focus on its impacts on mental health, physical health, and overall functioning.
3. Participants will develop skills (i.e., techniques and tools) designed to help meet the mental and physical health needs of marginalized adolescents and young adults who experience discrimination and stress.


Caitlyn McKinzie Bennett is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of North Texas. She is a licensed counselor in both Florida (LMHC) and Texas (LPC) as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Bennett's clinical expertise includes integrating neuro-informed counseling practices with adolescents and young adults who are learning to navigate challenges and stigma associated with anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, gender identity, and transitioning into new phases of life. Furthermore, her research agenda also focuses on implementing interventions (i.e., neurofeedback training) and best practices (i.e., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to overcome anxiety, stress, and depression. Dr. Bennett has been recognized and awarded for her research efforts and commitment to the counseling profession through several awards, including the 2018 Chi Sigma Iota Excellence in Counseling Research Grant, 2017 ACA Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award, and the 2017 AARC Supported Scholarship Research Grant. She is passionate about helping individuals understand the connection between their physical and mental health experiences while empowering them to engage in mindfulness and acceptance in order to thrive and move forward in life.


Michelle D. Mitchell completed her Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Central Florida in 2018. Prior to the completion of her terminal degree, she received a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Duquesne University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a NBCC Board Certified Counselor. She is presently an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, where she (a) assists in the development of undergraduate and graduate students, through counseling curricula and advising; (b) maintains an active research agenda; (c) and participates in professional service. Furthermore, Dr. Mitchell research and clinical foci include: (a) instrument development, (b) multiculturalism and culturally responsive counseling practices, and (c) mentorship. Dr. Mitchell remains active in service within Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) and the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) through her roles as the Interim Vice President of African American Concerns, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair and the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair. Dr. Mitchell has been most recently recognized for her work through the 2019 Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award and 2019 ASGW Outstanding Article Award.

CSI Webinars are free to active members and $39 for guests.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International (CSI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2057. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CSI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Views expressed by presenters and participants during the webinars and in webinar PowerPoints and other handouts do not necessarily represent the views of Chi Sigma Iota International.

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