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Ethical Standards for Culturally Competent Practice

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Lambers Fisher, MS, LMFT, MDiv
1 Hour 01 Minutes
Feb 24, 2023
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Mental health professionals have an ethical responsibility to make every reasonable effort to reduce bias, prejudice and discrimination based on a variety of cultural similarities and differences.  Unfortunately, unintentional cultural offenses and misunderstandings often contribute to ethical dilemmas and disconnected personal and professional relationships.  In addition, professionals often feel paralyzed by the fear of not knowing enough about other cultures to try to effectively support those different than themselves.  This session equips helping professionals in their effort to meet and maintain ethical standards by reducing the likelihood of unintentional cultural offenses and misunderstandings as well as repair relationships damaged by cultural offenses.  This relationship-focused session will provide practical language and strategies for reducing tensions and perceived barriers and helping strengthen cross-cultural relationships.


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 1.25 hours CPD.



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Lambers Fisher, MS, LMFT, MDiv, is a marriage and family therapist who has counseled individuals, couples, and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds, in private practice, non-profit organizations, as well as ministry environments. He has a strong desire to help counseling professionals in various fields feel more comfortable, competent and confident in their ability to meet the needs of whomever they have the opportunity to serve. Lambers' training experience includes facilitating workshops, guest lecturing, as well as being an adjunct instructor at Crown College on various aspects of diversity in counseling.

Lambers is the author of the award-winning book, Diversity in Clinical Practice: A Practical & Shame-Free Guide to Reducing Cultural Offenses & Repairing Cross-Cultural Relationships.

Currently, Lambers is a therapist in private practice where he effectively balances personal and professional experiences to provide unique and practical perspectives on a variety of culturally sensitive topics. Lambers supervises aspiring therapists as a board-approved supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapists as well as the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health. He obtained a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy as well as a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lambers Fisher maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Christian Heart Counseling. He is an adjunct instructor at Crown College. Lambers Fisher receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, recording royalties, and a consulting fee from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lambers Fisher is a member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and the Minnesota Association for Marriage & Family Therapy.


  1. Develop an attainable goal for ethical cultural competency in cross-cultural professional relationships.
  2. Use healthy diversity language to avoid division and increase cohesion among culturally diverse families and communities.
  3. Utilize strategies for overcoming common barriers to ethical culturally competent mental health care.


  • An Attainable Goal for Ethical Cultural Competency
  • Conveying Value of Varying Cultural Identities, Expressions, & Needs
  • The Ethical Significance of Culturally Competent Language Usage
  • Practical Strategies for Reducing & Addressing Cultural Offenses
  • Research, Risks and Treatment Limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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