Diversity In Clinical Practice: Reducing Cultural Offenses And Repairing Relationships With Lambers Fisher

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  Helping without reservation is a beautiful concept that speaks to the depths of human compassion. But that concept will only be possible for therapists if they help and serve diverse clients without making cultural offenses. In this episode, Tina Fornwald welcomes the licensed marriage and family therapist into the show to share his insights into navigating the complexities of working with diverse clients. Lambers Fisher dives into the pages of his book, Diversity In Clinical Practice: A Practical And Shame-Free Guide To Reducing Cultural Offenses And Repairing Relationships. As Tina flips through the page, Lambers reveals his goal of addressing microaggressions. Tune in to this episode, for it will reveal the depths of human compassion through helping your clients diversely. Thank you for viewing this post. I am not a licensed therapist or professional life coach. I am sharing my experience of loving the same man for 32 years, a mother to two adult children, a retired military officer, a breast cancer survivor, and my connections with others. Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should reach out to a suicide hotline or local emergency number in their country: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/suicide/suicide-prevention-hotlines-resources-worldwide — Watch the episode here   Listen to the podcast here   Diversity In Clinical Practice: Reducing Cultural Offenses And Repairing Relationships With Lambers Fisher Our guest is Mr. Lambers Fisher. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, clinical supervisor, adjunct instructor, author, and national speaker on the topic of multicultural awareness and diversity. For twenty years, Lambers has counseled individuals, couples, and families for a variety of cultural backgrounds in private practice, nonprofit, as well as a ministry environment. Lambers utilizes his marriage and family therapist experience to bring a positive, shame-free, empowering, and relationship-focused approach to equip helping professionals in various fields to increase their cultural self-awareness, reduce frequent and unintentional cultural offenses, as well as repair relationships damaged by cultural offenses. Lambers’ Diversity Made Simple training has equipped over 15,000 helping professionals around the country to feel more comfortable, competent, and confident in their ability to meet a greater variety of needs for whomever they have the opportunity to serve. Lambers is also the author of an award-winning book, Diversity in Clinical Practice: A Practical & Shame-Free Guide to Reducing Cultural Offenses & Repairing Cross-Cultural Relationships. This is a book that we’re going to talk about now. Not only is it about diversity in a cultural workplace, it is going to give us some tools in a diverse way so we can support people who are grieving. If you are the one who is grieving, you can share this show with someone who is struggling on how to support you, or you can use some of the things that we talk about in this discussion to articulate what your needs are to the people that love you and want to be in this space with you. Let’s get into the conversation now.     Hello, Mr. Fisher. Hello, Tina. How are you? Good, and yourself? I’m doing pretty good, thanks for asking. Thank you for sharing your book with me. As you can see, I have a few things that I want to talk to you about for the Widowhood. Since they do not know who you are, I want to read something from the very beginning that talks about the author. It said, “Lambers Fisher is a licensed marriage and family therapist who received his professional training at Fuller Theological Seminary, a full-accredited school of psychology alongside a school of theology.” You guys got to get the book to read all of it. I’m just reading the highlights that I want to snag you into. I’m skipping down a little bit, but when you get your copy, you’ll be able to know where I was. It says, “Fisher offers balanced yet effective services to those who need it, but who would, for various reasons otherwise not receive it. Over the past eighteen years, Fisher has had the pleasure of providing counseling services in a variety of different environments, including urban and suburban environments, nonprofits and for-profits, small group practices, large mental health agencies, and secular and Christian environments. He currently supervises aspiring therapists as an adjunct instructor and provides training for mental health professionals across the country. He has the pleasure of providing counseling services to a large variety of individuals, couples, and families.” I wanted to read that part because that is not the topic of this book, but that is some of your background. I wanted to spend a little bit of time in your knowledge in this area, particularly speaking to people who are widows and widowers. We have people tuning in to this discussion who want to know how to support friends who are widows and widowers. I wanted to talk about family stuff. The first thing that I wanted you to tell me are some things that you find people don’t talk about but they should. One of the things that stands out to me with a question like that is what our needs are. A lot of times, it seems like that should be the thing that’s most often talked about. People want to talk about it but don’t know how to. Sometimes it’s a matter of acknowledging someone else’s need to say, “I don’t want to ask directly what their needs are because what happens if I can’t meet them? If I invite them to share and then I can’t meet it, then I’ll be disappointed and they’ll be disappointed, so it will be better if I just not ask. Maybe I’ll guess. Maybe I’ll hope. Maybe I’ll try to meet the need on the side and hope that it meets it, but not to overtly talk about it.” Sometimes it’s that clear communication that makes the biggest difference, but it works the same way on the flip side as well. Sometimes I don’t want to share my needs because what if they reject it? What if they say, …

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