Anti-Racist and Multicultural Practices in Clinical Supervision


Friday, June 5, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NYU Kimball Hall at 246 Greene St, New York,NY 10003

NYSED Approved for 6 CE contact hours


Clinical supervision is an integral foundation for clinical practice allowing supervisors to not only monitor the quality of professional services but allows them to encourage professional development of the individual and the advancement of social work and mental health counseling practice itself. With a shift in global demographics, the social work and mental health counseling profession has changed to incorporate cultural competency and anti-racist practices into supervision while becoming increasingly sensitive to cross-cultural barriers that may occur. Supervisors, therefore must be able to address both the multicultural issues that may come up within the supervisor-supervisee context as well as the issues that might occur with their supervisee’s relation with clients. This conference will aim to consider how power dynamics and identity can influence individual and programmatic work through an anti-oppressive framework while looking at how cross-cultural supervision can lead to a productive and positive working alliance.

Learning Objectives


  • Gain an understanding of multiculturalism and anti-oppressive practice and its impact on the supervisory relationship        
  • Identify the barriers and challenges of cross-cultural supervision in an agency environment
  • Provide practical knowledge on implementing a multicultural lens
  • Consider how identity and belief systems impact the supervisory relationship
  • Navigate supervisory relationships when working with a supervisor or population of different social identities

Brief Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 AM Check-in & Hot Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20 AM Welcome Remarks
9:20 - 10:35 AM Keynote Address: Anti-Racist Practice  

Speaker: Kirk "Jae" James, MSW, DSW
Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work, NYU Silver School of Social Work
10:35 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 - 12:15 PM Plenary Panel

Speakers: Virge Luce, LCSW-R, ACSW (Moderator); Candida Brooks-Harrison, LCSW; Billye J. Jones, LCSW; Daniel Huang, LMHC; Eric Arevalo, LMHC
12:15 - 1:45 PM Lunch on Your Own: Restaurants nearby
1:45 - 2:55 PM

Breakout Sessions I:

  • Building a Positive Working Alliance with Dr. Belinda Carrasco, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • Opportunities and Boundaries within Cross-Cultural Supervision with Dr. Doris Chang, PhD, Associate Professor, New York University, Silver School of Social Work
  • Supervising those Working with Latinx Populations with  Dr. Carolina Velez-Grau, PhD, LCSW, Provost’s Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor, New York University, Silver School of Social Work
2:55 - 3:05 PM Movement
3:05 - 4:15 PM Break-Out Session II: (Repeat Session I topics)
4:15 - 4:20 PM Movement
4:20 - 5:00PM Closing Speech

Speaker: Muninder K. Ahluwalia, PhD, Professor, Department of Counseling, College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University (MSU)

Featured Presenters

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Kirk "Jae" James, AA, BA, MSW, DSW (Keynote)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work
New York University, Silver School of Social Work

Kirk "Jae" James is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Dr. James has over a decade of leadership experience in various social justice settings, and is a highly sought out speaker and human rights advocate. He completed his doctorate from the School of Social Policy and Practice at The University of Pennsylvania in May 2013. His dissertation, “The Invisible Epidemic in Social Work Academia,” examined the complex phenomena of mass incarceration through a historical and contemporary lens. He concluded by developing curricula for Master level students to increase awareness, activism and holistic practice in the milieu. Courses developed from his dissertation have been implemented at Columbia University, Temple University, City College, and the University of Pennsylvania amongst others. Dr. James’s primary research and publications focus on deconstructing issues of mass incarceration –– specifically as it pertains to trauma, cognitive development, culpability, and the examination of systems that foster and perpetuate racial injustice.

Dr. James co-created NYU Silver's Re-imagine Justice conference on mass incarceration, reentry and trauma and their intersections and implications for social work practice. He also launched the Silver School’s Evolving Justice initiative, which aims to build community; co-create brave space; and facilitate dialogue towards the emancipatory exploration of justice in theory and action. In addition, he works collaboratively with the Center For Justice at Columbia University on its annual “Beyond The Bars” conference –– which brings impacted people together with academics, activists, policy makers, and practitioners from across the country to create a more informed understanding, and subsequent response to mass incarceration.facilitate various dialogue(s) towards the emancipatory exploration of justice in theory and action.


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Muninder K. Ahluwalia, PhD

Muninder K. Ahluwalia, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Counseling in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University (MSU). Dr. Ahluwalia received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New York University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Ahluwalia’s work has been focused on three areas: methodological issues in qualitative research, race and racism in academia, and the experiences of the Sikhs in the United States. Dr. Ahluwalia has served in various leadership roles in the Asian American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association (APA). She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is a Past Chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs of APA. She has received the ‘Ohana Award for her advocacy and social justice work with the communities of color. Outside the university, Dr. Ahluwalia works as a consultant to provide diversity assessment, trainings, and programming in higher education and organizations.