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SDPA Committee - Anti-Racist Practice as Ethical Practice: A Panel Discussion on Eliminating Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias in the Therapy Room

  • 11/20/2020
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


  • Speakers are fully comped.


Anti-Racist Practice as Ethical Practice: A Panel Discussion on Eliminating Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias in the Therapy Room

NO CEs for this event.

November 20, 2020


11:00-11:45 Presentation; 11:45-12:00 Q & A

  1. Is it necessary to be politicized in order to engage in anti-racism work and if so, how do you integrate that into the therapy?
  2. How do we ethically address racial identity and empowerment, without imposing our biases?
  3. Are you ethically required to address racism and bias in your clients if offensive beliefs are brought into treatment?
  4. If the client does not bring up racial issues, should we bring them up?       

Dr. Nikki Liu Johnson 

Dr. Johnson is a native Californian, born and raised in the SF Bay Area. Dr. Johnson attended school at Azusa Pacific University and has a PsyD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in forensics. She has a passion for diversity, minority populations and issues around relationships, trauma and the criminal justice reform. Dr. Johnson completed her dissertation evaluating the impact of micro and macro systemic factors on marriage in the United States. She continues studying the impact of systems on our marriages and lives.  In her private practice, she provides evaluations for the Department of Social and Health Services. 

Dr. Shannon Franklin

Dr. Franklin is a licensed psychologist specializing in college-age mental health, LGBTQ+ concerns, gender identity and working with the BIPOC population. Dr. Franklin has worked with undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of University Counseling Centers and  is the receiver of the 2019 Women of Impact Award from the University of San Diego, where she currently works.  She maintains a private practice with Hillcrest Psychological Associates where the majority of her caseload identify as QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, indigenous, people of color).  In private practice, she engages in short term and long term psychotherapy, personality assessment, and gender assessment in support of Trans folks seeking gender-affirming surgery.  Lastly, Dr. Franklin is the co-founder of Solve for X mutual aid. For X (SFX) is a mutual aid organization that aims to redistribute resources, including financial support, within the community. SFX specifically prioritizes QTBIPOC as well as alter-abled, elderly, undocumented folx, and single parents. Since its conception at the start of the COVID 19 stay at home order SFX has raised over $25,000 which they have distributed to over 200 people in the community and other mutual aids. 

Dr. Justin Lapilusa (Facilitator)

Dr. Justin LaPilusa is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist her in San Diego. He serves as a Qualified Medical Evaluator in California.  He conducts medical-legal evaluations for workers compensation, as well as Independent Medical Evaluations for personal injury and civil cases. He owns a group psychological clinic where he conducts consultations in and outside of the Workers’ Compensation system, as well as provides extensive treatment for injured workers dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and interpersonal challenges.

He has a particular interest in failure to launch issues in young adults. Dr. LaPilusa provides individual and group psychotherapy utilizing a philosophy grounded in a framework of acceptance and commitment to action.

Dr. LaPilusa has also served as a clinical director of a Functional Restoration Program and has provided numerous presentations on chronic pain, depression, telemedicine, and interdisciplinary evaluations. He is currently the Chair of the San Diego Psychological Association Ethics Committee. 

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