Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Important note about this learning material: This course is Part 2 of a three-part series designed for social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors on the topics of culture and the psychosocial implications of socioeconomic position. Parts 1 and 3 of this series are companion courses. Part 1 for social workers, psychologists, mfts, and counselors can be found here; Part 3 for social workers can be found here and for psychologists, counselors, and mfts here. Although it is not necessary to read the companion courses the learner’s experience will be enriched by the information presented in Parts 1 and 3.

This content is similar to a different offering intended to meet California pre-licensure requirements for social workers, school psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors on the topic of culture and the psychosocial implications of socioeconomic position. If you are seeking the California required course Part 1 can be found here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. Due to content overlap, participants should take either the California requirements or this course, but not both.

This course focuses on the importance of adapting therapeutic interventions to integrate and account for social determinants of health (SDH). It’s companion course, 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” or “Enroll” 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

  • Introduction
  • Assessment
  • 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
  • Vignettes
  • Conclusion
  • References


Jessie Timmons, LCSW

Jessie Timmons, LCSW, is a seasoned therapist and teacher of social work, as well as a practiced advocate for cultural humility and inclusive advocacy. She is a former faculty member of Temple University’s School of Social Work and is a current board member, having served two years as the board president, for the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW). Her teaching and professional development have focused on ethical practice and in particular on making inclusiveness and affirmative advocacy an integral part of the ethical practice of social work and social work education.

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