Promoting Inclusivity in Mental Health Practice

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CEU Course Description

Inclusivity in mental health practice refers to the intentional and proactive efforts made by mental health professionals to create an environment that is welcoming, respectful, and responsive to the diverse needs of all individuals seeking mental health support. This approach recognizes and values differences in race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, ability, and other aspects of identity. Mental health practitioners must promote inclusivity in mental health practice because inclusivity aligns with ethical principles, ensuring that mental health services are accessible, equitable, and respectful to all individuals, regardless of their background or identity. Inclusivity is crucial for building trust and rapport between mental health practitioners and clients, as individuals are more likely to engage openly in therapy when they feel understood, respected, accepted, and valued. 

Author: Kimberly H. Fortin, LCSW-R

References / Contributions by:

  1. Ahad, A. A., Sanchez-Gonzalez, M., & Junquera, P. (2023). Understanding and addressing mental health stigma across cultures for improving psychiatric care: A narrative review. Cureus, 15(5), e39549. cureus.39549
  2. HHS. (2019). Improving cultural competency for behavioral health professionals. Retrieved April 2024, from
  3. Lekas, H.-M., Pahl, K., & Fuller Lewis, C. (2020). Rethinking cultural competence: Shifting to cultural humility. Health Services Insights, 13.
  4. Shrider, E. A., & Creamer, J. (2023). Poverty in the United States: 2022. Retrieved April 2024, from 

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Recognize and categorize the distinct identities and challenges professionals may experience in the context of seeking mental health care.'
  2. Distinguish the various elements that contribute to effective and culturally competent communication.
  3. Identify barriers to inclusivity and strategies to overcome them.
CE Outline with Main Points
  1. Introduction
  2. Section 1: Understanding Diversity in Mental Health
  3. Section 2: Culturally Competent Communication
  4. Section 3: Tailoring Assessment and Intervention
  5. Section 4: Overcoming Barriers to Inclusivity
  6. Section 5: Practical Strategies to Foster Inclusivity
  7. Case Example Questions
  8. Conclusion 
  9. References
  10. Appendix A: Tips and Reflection Questions for Practicing Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility
  11. Appendix B: National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Standards
  12. Appendix C: Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI)
Course Level: Introductory

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 2.00 'General' continuing education credits.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 06/04/2024

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