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California Cultures and the Social and Psychological Implications of Socioeconomic Position Part 2: Social Construction in Assessment and Treatment

Author: Jessie Timmons, LCSW
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Course Created: 2022

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 5 hours
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Course Summary

Important note about this learning material: This course is Part 2 of a three-part series designed to meet the 15-hour prelicensure or general license renewal requirements on the topics of culture and the psychosocial implications of socioeconomic position for social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, and clinical counseling professionals in the state of California. Part 1 can be found here and Part 3 can be found here. Learners intending to fulfill their California requirement should take only these courses. This content is similar to the non-state-specific versions of this course for social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors titled Part 2: Social Construction in Assessment and Treatment that can be found here for social workers and here for psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors. Because of content overlap, participants should take either Part 2 of the California offering or Part 2 of the non-state-specific offerings, but not both.

This course focuses on the importance of adapting therapeutic interventions to integrate and account for social determinants of health (SDH). Part 1: Culture and Social Determinants of Health provides the information necessary for a clinician to develop a basic knowledge base about focuses on introducing the reader to the concept of SDH broadly, as well as more specifically considering some of the impacts of particular SDH in the United States and in California. In this course social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors are provided guidelines for integrating this information into the ways they engage with clients in assessment and intervention. Concepts and practice questions for assessment of specific SDH are provided with an aim of this course is for clinicians to incorporate this valuable information into their practices and to gain a pathway to approaching topics that might previously have been uncomfortable for them or outside of their awareness as necessary aspects of assessment information. Integration of SDH into treatment is examined in the context of existing treatment modalities commonly in use in mental health care, including Solution Focused Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Play Therapy. Clinical vignettes help illustrate the concepts and sample dialogues give the reader a sense of practical application of the ideas presented in each section. Finally, lengthier vignettes are presented with questions for thought and deeper engagement.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe ways to apply cultural humility to client assessment.
  • Explain ways to assess for effects of social determinants of health in clients.
  • Recognize ways to integrate and target concerns associated with social and environmental effects on health using established treatment interventions.
  • Select specific interventions for working with clients on social determinants of health in treatment.

Course Syllabus



  • Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility
  • Possible Questions for Expanding Assessment

Engagement in Treatment

  • Treatment Engagement Considerations
  • Trauma-Informed Care

Established Treatment Modalities

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Play Therapy



References, provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 07/08/21-07/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 5 cultural competence continuing education credits.

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