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Working with CALD populations

Working with CALD populations

Many culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients do not attend therapy for various reasons, some due to the fear that the therapist will not understand their culture's significance on their identity. Thankfully more CALD clients are now seeking out therapy therefore it is imperative all therapists have an understanding of the impacts culture may have on a person’s experience. We also need to remember all CALD clients bring their own unique stories and experiences to the therapy room, even when being members of the same cultural background and that many psychological models and theories do not include consideration of cultural context which is highly influential to a person’s overall mental health journey.   

Join Rashida Dungarwalla in learning what to take note of when working with CALD populations to ensure you are practicing from a culturally sensitive perspective.

Key Concepts:

  • Applying culturally responsive practice to both individual and couples therapy
  • Providing an inclusive service for CALD clients
  • Individualistic cultures and collectivist cultures - what's the difference?
  • Understanding intergenerational trauma/ C-PTSD and insidious trauma
  • The enmeshment of faith and cultural backgrounds
  • How to work in collaboration with CALD clients
  • Cultural impact on clients’ mental health
  • Complex family dynamics in CALD backgrounds
  • Barriers to CALD clients accessing support services
  • Culturally sensitive therapeutic language

About our Presenter:
Rashida Dungarwalla
is a registered psychologist and the founder and head Psychologist of Flow State Space Psychology. Whilst practicing or studying psychology, Rashida has lived in Australia, Canada, England and Kenya over a 10+ year period. She also encompasses a multi-cultural identity; allowing for a broad understanding of cultural and societal influences upon identity and how we experience ourselves, the world around us and our mental health. Working in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practice, NGO’s and the public sector has also contributed to a wealth of knowledge to the mental health care systems nationally and internationally and how this impacts one’s mental health journey. 

Rashida now runs a private practice in Sydney’s Surry Hills and via telehealth, using evidence-based modalities including ACT, IFS, CBT, Psychodynamic, and somatic based models. She practices from an intersectional and interdisciplinary person-centred framework and sees many clients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. In addition to private practice, Rashida hoped to create a space in which complex mental health/illness education can be shared in a creative and easy to digest way hence leading to workshop and mental health education offerings.

On a personal note, Rashida is a lover of nature, art, interiors, chai, live music, dancing and sleep - some of the great things in life.


Webinar timing: 7:00 – 8:00 pm AEST

Access to the recording of this webinar: A recording of this webinar will be available through the CPD Webinar Library, but for the best experience and the opportunity to ask your questions, join us live. Everyone who registers will be advised via email as soon as the recording is available. Members have unlimited access to the recording, and non-members will have access for 6 months.

Wednesday, 17 July 2024
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (AEST)
$0 - $30
1 CPD Points