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Identity is a complex and multifaceted construct. In this lecture, Dr. Carmen Crosby will explore ways that the context of culture creates inherent power dynamics, which influence actual and perceived power within the therapeutic alliance. Dr. Crosby will encourage us to deepen our therapeutic work by considering specific elements of identity affecting our clients and ourselves. Finally, Dr. Crosby will present ways to leverage power imbalances in session, illustrating the applications of this approach with examples from work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.


Carmen Crosby, Ph.D., MSW, LMSW is an accomplished interventionist specializing in clinical practice, social equity and cultural diversity, health inequity, victimization, and recovery. Her experience spans work with individuals recovering from complex trauma to organizations wanting policy and value congruence. Dr. Crosby worked and researched in the areas of sexual and interpersonal violence and multi-tiered interventions with (in) marginalized populations. She wears many hats as health equity researcher, clinical practitioner, and macro-level social worker.



  • Esmiol, E. E., Knudson-Martin, C., & S. Delgado. (2012). Developing a Contextual Consciousness: Learning to Address Gender, Societal Power, and Culture in Clinical Practice. Journal of marriage and family therapy, 38I (4): 573-588.
  • Lindquist, C. H., Crosby, C., Barrick, K., & Krebs, C. (2016). Disclosure of sexual assault experiences among undergraduate women at historically black colleges and universities, Journal of American College Health.
  • Ramsay, N.J. (2014). Intersectionality: A Model for Addressing the Complexity of Oppression and Privilege. Pastoral Psychology, 63 (4): 453–469.


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