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The Ethics of Cultural Humility,
with Tonya Armstrong, Ph.D., MTS | Flyer | Handout & Cultural Self-Awareness Measure

Monday, February 19, 2018, 12-2 pm (arrive at 11:30 for light catered buffet by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Cafe)

DescriptionIn this workshop, Tonya Armstrong will engage participants in the process of seeking clarity around our own cultural identities, as well as explore how this work is central to ethical practice with individuals with intersecting racial, ethnic, sexual, and other cultural affiliations. Dr. Armstrong will provide a framework informed by professional codes of ethics, and notions around cultural competence and humility. She will also provide examples and a model that highlights a progression from theory to application in our practice.


Tonya Armstrong, Ph.D., M.T.S., a licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of The Armstrong Center for Hope, a private group practice of multi-disciplinary mental health professionals cultivating psychological and spiritual wellness for all ages. She has served since 2012 as the Dean of the Counseling Studies Department at the Apex School of Theology and for the last 17 years as Minister of Congregational Care and Counseling at Union Baptist Church in Durham, NC. Her previous experience includes serving as Pastoral Theologian at the Institute on Care at the End of Life at Duke Divinity School, co-coordinator for the UNC-Duke MSW/MDiv dual-degree program, and clinical and consulting experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. In 2003, she founded Uzima, a black therapists’ group, to promote collegiality, peer consultation, and self-care to its members. She has published in the areas of spirituality, African-American mental health and wellness, end-of-life care, and grief; and in 2009, released a debut gospel album, “Choose Hope.”  Dr. Armstrong is releasing the book/CD set entitled Blossoming Hope: The Black Christian Woman’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain at least 2 core differences between the concept and practice of cultural competence and cultural humility.
  2. Articulate at least 1 core principle from the ethical code of social work or psychology that explains practitioners’ responsibility to apply cultural humility.
  3. Apply at least 2 strategies to improve self-reflection and application of a culturally humble lens when working psychotherapeutically with diverse individuals.


  • Azzopardi, C., & McNeill, T. (2016). From cultural competence to cultural consciousness: Transitioning to a critical approach to working across differences in social work. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 25(4), 282.
  • Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., Owen, J., Worthington, E. L., Jr., & Utsey, S. O. (2013). Cultural humility: Measuring openness to culturally diverse clients. Journal of Counseling Psychology60, 353–366.
  • Hook, J. N., Farrell, J. E., Davis, D. E., DeBlaere, C., Van Tongeren, D. R., & Utsey, S. O. (2016). Cultural humility and racial microaggressions in counseling. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63(3), 269-277.
  • Owen, J., Jordan,Terrence A., Turner, D., Davis, D. E., Hook, J. N., & Leach, M. M. (2014). Therapists’ multicultural orientation: Client perceptions of cultural humility, Spiritual/Religious commitment, and therapy outcomes. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42(1), 91-98.
  • Robinson, M. A., Cross-Denny, B., Lee, K. K., Werkmeister Rozas, L. M., & Yamada, A. (2016). Teaching note-teaching intersectionality: Transforming cultural competence content in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(4), 509-517.

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