Black to discuss psychotherapeutic interactions with religious attitudes

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Stephanie Winkeljohn Black, assistant professor of psychology, will present her work on the research topic, “How do religious, secular, and spiritual attitudes effect interactions of psychotherapy trainees with their clients?” from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge. The event is part of the Penn State Harrisburg Seminar Series.

Black’s presentation will discuss a pilot study that explored psychotherapy trainees’ self-reported and implicit attitudes toward religious, secular and spiritual diversity in clients. The study used a focus group to explore whether trainee responses to feedback about their implicit attitudes imbued themes of cultural humility that supervisors and educators could use as discussion points to heighten cultural humility and responsiveness in trainees.

Black’s research interests include religious, secular and spiritual diversity; psychotherapy outcomes and diversity; psychotherapy training and supervision; and cultural humility.

The event is open to all faculty, students, staff and the public. For more information and to reserve space for large groups, contact the Office of Research and Outreach at [email protected].