Course Details

Course TitleCalifornia Cultures and the Social and Psychological Implications of Socioeconomic Position Part 1: California Cultures and Social Determinants of Health
Date Varies
Credit Hours3
Instructor(s)Jessie Timmons, LCSW
Method of InstructionOnline (Asynchronous/Self-paced)
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus Part I syllabus.pdf

Course Description

This 5 CE unit course is being provided 3 hours of POST CPE credit.

This course is Part 1 of a three-part series designed to meet the 15-hour prelicensure or general license renewal requirements on the topics of culture and the psychosocial implications of socioeconomic position for social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, and clinical counseling professionals in the state of California. Part 2 can be found here and Part 3 can be found here. Learners intending to fulfill their California requirement should take only these courses. This content is similar to the non-state-specific version of this course for social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors titled Part 1: Culture and Social Determinants of Health that can be found here. Because of content overlap, participants should take either Part 1 of the California offering or Part 1 of the non-state-specific offering, but not both.

Major health and mental health disparities exist in the United States (U.S.), with vastly different health outcomes and living circumstances for individuals in differing geographic and social communities. The purpose of the course is to introduce social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and counselors with to the effects of social determinants of health and guide them in incorporating this information into assessment and intervention with individuals, groups, families and communities. Comprehensive information about the ways that social stigmas and cultural forces impact individuals and communities to create differential health outcomes is explored. The learning material examines factors and social constructions affecting health outcomes and access to care including racial and ethnic identity, gender identity and expression, body size, ability status, immigration status, engagement in marginalized work (such as sex work), mental health status (including a discussion on substance use), legal status (including current and former incarceration), and economic disadvantage. Further, the effects of socioeconomic status and position on individuals, along with varied effects of stigma and discrimination (including the disparate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic where applicable), are described in detail. Following from this is an exploration of how commonly applied theories of human behavior and health integrate these concepts into case conceptualization, which includes a thorough discussion of the social and cultural impacts on the presenting problems of clients. Current research provides insights about the state of understanding with regard to social determinants of health as well as the direction of future research, and many clinical examples and case vignettes are included to illustrate concepts and aid clinicians in the development of their skills. Case vignettes illustrate the complexities of these diversity dimensions and offer questions for deeper thought.

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 1. Recognize multiple dimensions of health outcomes related to specific social determinants of health in the United States. 2. Explain the connection between identities/group memberships and differential health outcomes for groups of people in the United States. 3. Describe how socioeconomic status and socioeconomic position affect potential health outcomes. 4. Describe ways that stigma affects help seeking and individual experiences with the health care system. 5. Apply assessment theories to client case conceptualization with emphasis on social determinants of health.