Update on CEU meetings for 2020 - As is the case for all of us, the SAART board is adjusting to the unknowns of 2020. We are keeping a close eye on the recommendations from the medical community as well as government guidance to plan for the rest of the CEU meetings in 2020. The SAART August CEU training will be online. We will make a decision about the location of each meeting separately throughout the year in order to follow the most current guidance at the time. Please watch your inbox for information about each particular meeting. As a reminder, the schedule for the remainder of this year includes: 

October 13th - Online

December 4th

October Topic - Cultural Sensitivity in Systemic Therapy in 2020

Presenter: Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.


2020 has been a year of tremendous upheaval and uprisings. From the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted our lives, our businesses, and our relationships to antiracism and social
justice protests signalling distress and discord between people, mental health professionals are being called upon to help their clients cope and heal from individual and relational distress and trauma at unprecedented levels.

How can we bring cultural sensitivity into our systemic work that reflects the current crisis while maintaining a level of therapeutic effectiveness and compassion for everyone affected? In this workshop we will look specifically at how to address diversity concerns within the current social climate, how to help clients cope with their fears and anxieties, and how to help couples and families address differences in worldview without disrupting attachment bonds and relational safety.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how cultural issues emerge and can be addressed in therapeutic relationships.

  2. Understand how to apply a systemic and ecological lens to understand and help heal cultural divides.

  3. Learn two counseling techniques for addressing racial trauma and oppression.

  4. Learn ways of developing and maintaining our professional competence in multicultural counseling.

About the Presenter:

Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She has a private clinical and consulting practice in Austin where she specializes in relationship therapy, intensives, and retreats, professional training and supervision, and organizational consultation.Vagdevi has extensive experience with multicultural psychology, especially eastern influences on psychological practice, and cross-cultural research on relationships.

Vagdevi has over 30 years of experience as a therapist, consultant, and educator. Vagdevi has been a certified Gottman Couples Therapist and workshop leader since 2006. As a Master professional trainer for the Gottman Institute, Vagdevi has presented workshops and retreats to professional and lay audiences in the US and abroad. Vagdevi incorporates mindfulness, relational neuroscience, and positive psychology into her presentations on relationships, and has published several book chapters and articles on the Gottman method of couples therapy.

Vagdevi is the founder and Executive Director of The Center for Relationships (http://www.thecenter4relationships.com) a community counseling, training, and outreach center that specializes in promoting flourishing relationships in all spheres of life based on best practices in relational neuroscience. The Center for Relationships is committed to public and professional education and outreach through innovative programs such as Care Week and Ask the Sexperts online webinars.

Vagdevi is also the founder and President of Sukha International, Inc, (http://www.sukhainternational.com) an international coaching, consulting, training, and wellness travel organization that specializes in holistic psychology, spiritual growth, and
eastern wellness practices. Through Sukha International, Vagdevi offers retreats, workshops, and consultations to helping professionals with a focus on integrative and holistic perspectives on wellness and self-development. She is passionate about helping individuals, partners, teams, and organizations develop flourishing and authentic relationships to self and others.

Includes 1.5 CEU's. 

DATE: October 15th, 2020
CHECK IN: 10:45-11:00 AM

TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM 



 with 2020 membership


$25 for Non-Member STUDENTS

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