March 10 | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (ET)


Christy Hobza, PsyD | Independent Practice and NYU
Leighko Yap, PsyD | Independent Practice
Kinshasa Bennett, PhD | The Wright Institute

Workshop Information:

Maintaining a positive and trusting relationship is important when providing assessment supervision; however, sometimes we miss each other due to cultural differences, resulting in interpersonal sticking points. Personality assessment and assessment supervision are influenced by our own culture and background. We recognize that this influence takes a thinking space and intentional effort. If one has a thinking space to process the supervision experience, one can identify when an interpersonal sticking point has to do with culture. It is the supervisor’s responsibility to pick up on what is missing culturally within the context of the conversation. We call these conversations with a cultural context: multiculturally informed communication. Supervisors are tasked with being aware of cultural contexts to promote growth within the client and supervisee using multiculturally informed communication. This is no small task when also working to ensure that tests are administered accurately, and reports are true to the data and grammatically correct.

To support creating a space to accomplish this task, this workshop will focus on assessment supervisor-supervisee relationships and how supervisors can facilitate the development of thinking space to promote multiculturally informed communication between supervisee and supervisor and supervisee and client to promote antiracist assessments. The workshop will discuss how to integrate the 2017 APA Multicultural Guidelines into assessment supervision. It will include lecture, case presentations, and interactive discussions as we explore challenging and successful situations when providing assessment supervision.

Goals and Objectives:

1. Attendees will be able to explain goals of supervision and how multiculturalism fits into these goals.

2. Attendees will understand how multiculturalism fits into different supervision approaches based on supervisees professional developmental level.

3. Attendees will explore ethical issues related to supervision.

4. Attendees will be able to explain how cultural humility is important in supervision.

5. Attendees will be able to identify different approaches to common difficulties within the supervisor-supervisee relationship.

6. Attendees will understand how the 2017 APA multicultural guidelines fit into assessment supervision.

Skill Level:

This workshop is designed for licensed supervisors of all levels.

Dr. Christy Hobza

Dr. Christy Hobza obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2007 at the California School of Professional Psychology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship focusing on psychological assessment, trauma, and children in foster care at WestCoast Children's Clinic in Oakland, CA. After working at WestCoast Children’s Clinic Dr. Hobza became a faculty member at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University where she also ran the Argosy Assessment and Intervention Clinic until 2018. Since leaving Argosy University, Dr. Hobza has focused on her independent practice in Alameda, CA where she sees a range of people from adults to infants for therapy as well as psychological and neuropsychological assessments. Dr. Hobza has continued her connection with teaching as an adjunct faculty member for NYU’s online counseling program. She also continues be a part of a community mental health as a supervisor and assessment program director at Oakes Children’s Center in San Francisco. Dr. Hobza has published several book chapters on assessment and meeting clients where they are. She continues to engage in research on supervision, assessment, and integrating cultural humility into clinical practice.

Dr. BennettDr. Kinshasa Bennett

Kinshasa Bennett, PhD is an Assistant Professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Previously she was the Training Director for the Wright Institute Assessment Supplemental Assessment Practica, a training program for second year students and above. Prior to joining The Wright Institute full time, Dr. Bennett was adjunct faculty in the Wright Institute’s Counseling and Clinical psychology programs while working at WestCoast Children's Clinic as an Assessment Specialist. She also supervised assessment practicum students at the Psychological Services Center (PSC) in Oakland, CA. Before immersing herself in assessment, Dr. Bennett conducted Infant & Child-Parent Psychotherapy at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland where she did her internship. She is a member of the Society for Personality Assessment and presented at their annual convention in 2019 and 2018 on issues of diversity and assessment. In addition to that she presented at WestCoast Children's Clinic in 2018 about Understanding Developmental Needs of Youth of Color.

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