Ethics through an Anti-Oppression Lens



Presented and developed by Shannon Solie, MA, LMHC


Ethics are one of the most important components of therapy. It is a compass that guides the relationship and allows for healing and growth to occur. Understanding and applying an anti-oppressive approach to the work we do is imperative to working ethically. This training will go beyond the basics and the ethical codes into power structures, privilege imbalance in the therapeutic relationship, and look at how to apply an understanding of how structural, interpersonal, and internal oppressions occur and affect clients.

The Minority Stress Model gives a basis for understanding the how and why marginalized communities have higher rates of mental health concerns and lower access to services. A therapists implicit and/or explicit biases and lack of cultural humility should not be one of the barriers to receiving care. Yet training for therapists to explore how to work through an anti-oppression lens is lacking.

Using the tenets of cultural humility and models of social justice and anti-oppression work, participants will learn to identify their intersecting areas of agent/privilege status, identify oppression and bias patterns throughout multiple systems of relationship, have concrete ways to integrate  cultural humility into their work, and gain deeper understanding of the ethical implications of confidentiality, mandated reporting, and major ethical issues as they pertain to marginalized communities.


Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs

6 Law and Ethics CEs


Shannon Solie, MA, LMHC


Shannon graduated with a Master of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University where she studied existential-phenomenological psychology, a humanistic approach to the human condition based in philosophy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington with an emphasis in the Bio-psychology of women. These programs as well as her professional background have provided diverse education in the human condition and how we all move through the world.

Shannon has spent the past seven years as a sexuality educator, teaching workshops on sexual pleasure and health in the Seattle area. She created a post-cancer sexuality workshop that she presented to medical professionals and patients at local hospitals and clinics. She has lead intimacy workshops and discussion groups in the Seattle area as well and enjoys working with clients who are going through life transitions including: medical diagnoses, pregnancy and parenting, graduation and career changes, retirement, relationship changes, trauma, and grief and loss.

Shannon is an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University since 2015, and an Adjunct Instructor at Seattle Central College since 2015.




Upcoming Dates and Registration


Date: Friday, November 30th, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $159.00 USD

Campus: Nile Event Center, Nile Golf Course, Mount Lake Terrace, WA
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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