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An Integrative Approach to Help AAPI Clients: Strategies for Culturally Relevant Conversations

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Monica Band, EdD, LPC
1 Hour 59 Minutes
Mar 17, 2023
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There are several unique historical and cultural considerations that impact clinical work with Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) clients, particularly around intergenerational trauma. It’s important to become aware of the socioenvironmental factors that may impact their experience. In this session, we present a culturally responsive integrative approach, using family systems, EMDR, and mindfulness techniques, that can help AAPI clients manage symptoms of intergenerational trauma, develop emotional literacy and increase awareness and acceptance of their intersectional identities. You’ll discover how to:

  • Recognize and address subtle ways that historical factors impact AAPI clients’ attachment and attunement
  • Explore racial identity without inadvertently perpetuating the shame or neglect stemming from a clients’ intergenerational trauma
  • Facilitate culturally relevant clinical conversations in session
  • Increase your own competency and comfort discussing the impact of race, ethnicity, and other aspects of privilege and oppression within a session


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



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Dr. Monica P. Band is an award-winning practicing mental health therapist and educator on a mission to make mental health care more diverse, equitable, and inclusive for the next generation. She has dedicated her clinical work to better understanding and facilitating healing dialogues around intergenerational trauma and cultural identity work within her shared communities. Dr. Band has advanced training in utilizing EMDR specifically treating attachment wounds and complex trauma. She provides adjunct instruction for universities, train the trainer workshops, subject matter consultation, and interdisciplinary partnerships to destigmatize mental health for people of color and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Currently, Dr. Band owns Mindful Healing Counseling Services, LLC, a mental health group private practice that serves the D.C. metro area. She obtained her doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision at Marymount University and her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at The George Washington University.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Monica Band maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Monica Band is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Virginia Counselors Association.



  1. Argue the importance of culturally responsive strategies for counseling AAPI clients.
  2. Determine three strengths and opportunities for growth as intersectional cultural beings.
  3. Employ important skills to engage in responsive concepts in goal setting in therapy.
  4. Formulate a culturally informed case conceptualization for AAPI clients.
  5. Determine where and how to intentionally apply knowledge of pre-existing trauma-informed interventions (i.e., EMDR, family systems, mindfulness) within the therapeutic process with AAPI clients.


  • Important historical factors that can impact many AAPI clients’ attachment and attunement in therapy
  • Ways to explore racial identity with clients who have an AAPI background without inducing shame
  • How to facilitate culturally relevant clinical conversation in session
  • Implementing a culturally responsive intake process and develop an appropriate treatment plan
  • How to integrate Internal Family Systems and EMDR into culturally-informed care
  • Evaluate limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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