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Clinical Practice with Interracial Couples

Interracial couple holding hands


The videotaped presentation will be viewable online from a computer via streaming video. Once your registration and payment is received, a link will be forwarded for access to the video and instructions for taking a post-test and evaluation. All online continuing education programs require completion of a post-test and evaluation for receipt of credits.


In 2010, 1 in 12 marriages among heterosexual couples were interracial. The number of interracial couples among the LGBT community is higher than that of straight couples. This online webinar presents clinical practice with interracial and intercultural couples by focusing on systemic issues, defining relationship problems from an interactive perspective, understanding how societal factors such as racism and marginalization affect couple relationships, and enhancing self-awareness among clinicians.

Learning goals:

  • Participants will examine the current trends in interracial/intercultural coupling in the US
  • Participants will describe the basic tenets of critical race theory and apply the perspectives to understand the challenges that interracial/intercultural couples often face
  • Participants will apply systemic and interactive perspectives in understanding couple conflicts
  • Participants will identify issues and the importance of cultural/racial self-awareness among clinicians who work with interracial/intercultural couples


Tazuko Shibusawa, MSW, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor of Social Work

Dr. Tazuko Shibusawa is Associate Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her clinical experiences include director of social services, Keiro Nursing Home in Los Angeles, California; psychiatric social worker, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Center; co-director of Counseling International in Tokyo, Japan; and mental health consultant for the World Health Organization. Dr. Shibusawa received post-graduate training in the areas of family therapy, psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy, and trauma studies. Dr.Shibusawa’s research focuses on the health and mental health of older adults and their families, including Asian immigrants, women who are at risk for abuse, and older adults who struggle with substance abuse. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program.

Registration Information

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  • General Admission: $20.00

Cancellations and Refunds

The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning offers refunds on the following basis:

  • Refund requests made within 24 hours after event registration: full refund
  • Refund requests made more than 24 hours after event registration: no refund
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Continuing Education Contact Hours


New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.
NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hour.
New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.
For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

LMHCs can provide psychotherapy to couples, but may not hold themselves out as a marriage, family or couples therapist.
Learning Assessment
In order to obtain the credits, all participants are required to complete a short post-event learning assessment. 

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NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
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New York, NY 10003
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