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Tools for Identifying Implicit Bias & Expanding Self-Awareness

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Layla Bonner, PhD, LMFT, NCC
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Feb 23, 2023
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Aversive racism not only negatively impacts treatment of BIPOC clients but may also cause harm.  Often, it is the implicit biases of practitioners lying beneath contemporary racism that these clients experience.  In this recorded session, you will learn how implicit bias is harmful to BIPOC clients and explore the relationship between implicit bias, microaggressions, and contemporary racism.  Participants will also explore the psychological costs of racial microaggressions on White perpetrators and bystanders.  Finally, this session will provide strategies that serve to increase acknowledgement of implicit bias, expand self-awareness, and reduce the potential for discrimination when interacting with and treating BIPOC clients.


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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Layla J. Bonner, PhD, LMFT, NCC, is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts degree program in Mental Health Counseling at Belmont University. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Counseling, Teaching & Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2018. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Tennessee and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In her private practice, Dr. Bonner works primarily with individuals and couples and supervises post-master’s counselors toward full licensure in the state of Tennessee. She also provides consultation to organizations that request assistance with topics such as race, culture, and mental health.

Dr. Bonner previously served as the Human Rights Chairperson with the Tennessee Counseling Association. She has presented at multiple conferences hosted by professional organizations such as the Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors through the American Counseling Association, The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and the Black Mental Health Symposium. She has authored publications for journals, books, and a teaching and learning blog in the area of group work with African American students, career counseling with ethnically diverse groups, racial trauma and disenfranchised Grief, and strategies for faculty of color who teach at predominantly white institutions. Lastly, Dr. Bonner has engaged in public speaking, provided interviews, and served on various panels to discuss the topics of race-based trauma, African American mental health, and Microaggressions.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Layla Bonner maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Black Mental health Counselor Preparations Foundation, Inc. and Belmont University. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Layla Bonner is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.


  1. Analyze the connection between implicit bias, microaggressions, and contemporary racism.
  2. Investigate the psychological costs of racial microaggressions on White perpetrators and bystanders.
  3. Employ strategies that help you as a clinician increase your self-awareness and identify your implicit biases.


  • Implicit bias and racial/ethnic disparities in treatment and harm to clients
  • The connection between implicit bias, microaggressions, and contemporary racism
  • Examples of the psychological costs of racial microaggressions on White perpetrators and bystanders
  • What to do about implicit bias and how to increase self-awareness
  • Research, Risks, and Limitations

Target Audience

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


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