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GKCPA March 2017 Workshop

  • March 31, 2017
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • UMKC School of Education


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"Meeting the Standard: Nationally Enhanced Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services" 
Presented by Dr. Vetta Sanders Thompson

Co-sponsored with MoPA

Friday, March 31, 1:30-4:30 PM
Optional "bring your own lunch" networking event 12:30 PM

This presentation provides a brief overview of cultural competence and the general principles of culturally competent service provision and care. Particular attention is paid to inclusion and context in culturally competent service provision. 

The implications of the National Enhanced Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards for mental health practitioners and organizations are outlined. Implementation of CLAS, including the principle standard and the three component themes - workforce development, language and communication, community engagement and accountability- are described and examples are provided. The need to address issues of implicit bias, stereotypes and micro-aggressions in client/clinician interactions in diverse dyads and groups is discussed as a part of the implementation of the CLAS standards. Initial efforts and strategies to recognize and address micro-aggressions and invalidations in multicultural settings are briefly discussed.


  • Participants will describe the Principle Standard and three key components of CLAS.
  • Participants will be able to outline two to three steps in the implementation of the CLAS standards in their own practice.
  • Participants will be able to describe situations that should be monitored for implicit bias or micro-aggressions in multicultural settings.

Earn 3 Category A CE Credits


UMKC School of Education, Room 115
615 E 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64110


  • Free for current GKCPA members
  • $50 for MoPA members
  • $25 for Students
  • $75 for non-member of GKCPA or MoPA

Interested in joining GKCPA and attending this meeting free? Become a member of GKCPA and join other mental health professionals in the greater Kansas City area for continuing education and networking.

Optional Luncheon Social

If you would like to network with your peers and course presenters prior to the workshop, please bring your own lunch to our optional social in Room 115. Or order from Pickelman's in advance and they will deliver by 12:30 (payment required at time of order and must be placed by 11:30 AM on March 31). Ask Pickelman's to note "Psychology Conference" on your order.  Order online at or call 816-931-3100.

  • Registration starts at noon before the lunch mixer (see info about lunch options)
  • You must attend full event to receive credit hours.
  • Light refreshments will be served in the afternoon and some drinks will be provided during the lunch mixer.
  • Metered parking will be available at the UMKC School of Education and Lot 44 nearby (map).

See more information about parking below.

    About Dr. Thompson

    Vetta Sanders ThompsonPhD is a Professor at the Brown School and a member of the Institute for Public Health. Her research focuses on racial identity, the implications of race and culture for mental health and health promotion, utilization of services and determinants of disparities and inequities among ethnic minorities. Dr. Thompson completed funded research examining cultural competence in the provision of mental health services, colorectal cancer screening promotion and HPV attitudes and vaccination in the African American community. She is a licensed psychologist and health service provider in the state of Missouri. She is an Associate Editor for PsycCritiques, member of the Editorial Board of Annals of African-centered Psychology and served on the Editorial Advisory Board of a Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies.


    Metered parking with coins in the lot across from the School of Education  The rate on coin operated meters is $1.25 per hour (1:00 to 5:00 would be $5) max of 8 hrs. Coin metered parking is a small area on the west side of the south parking lot behind the School of Education. Cost will not exceed $6 if you come at the earliest 12:30 and leave by 5.

    There is available "Pay and Display" metered parking in Area 44 nearby.  You pay the machine for the amount of time you want and display your receipt in your window.  The machine takes any $1-5-10-20 dollar bills.  Rate is $1.25/hr. max of  8 hrs. Lot 44 is a short block to the west of the School of Education. 

    UMKC parking: 816-235-5256; if problems and unable to reach UMKC parking, contact Dr. Rachel Linnemeyer at 816-806-9731.

    If you prefer to be able to park in designated visitor permit spaces in any lot on campus and at any meter, $7 one day scratch off hangtags are available for purchase by visitors by using the One-day Permit Request Form. Allow 5-7 business days for these to be mailed to your home. Alternatively, you may pick them up on campus at the Parking and Transportation Office, Room 221, Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.

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