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2018 Diversity Conference

Department of Psychology and Culturally Aware Psychology Students (CAPS)
9th Annual Diversity Conference
#DiversityToo Movement
Saturday, May 19


Conference Schedule

Time Session/Topic   Location Speaker
CE Hours/Credits

8 - 9 a.m.

Registration   Evans Hall Lobby    
9 - 11 a.m.

Opening Plenary
The Inclusion Revolution: Diversity Matters of the Heart

  Ginsburg Amphitheater Argie Allen-Wilson, PhD, MFT 2
11 - 11:30 a.m.

Grab-N-Go Brunch   Evans Hall Lobby    
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. When Cultures Meet Workshop   Ginsburg Amphitheater Jeffery Branch, Ed.D., Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP, Yuma Tomes, PhD, and Celine Thompson, PhD



Program Details

Opening Plenary
Saturday, May 19, 9 - 11 a.m.

Argie Allen-Wilson, PhD, MFT
Director of Clinical Training – Counseling & Family Therapy Department, Drexel University

The Inclusion Revolution: Diversity Matters of the Heart

In this presentation, Dr. Allen-Wilson will use her vast clinical and training experiences to assist psychologists and other practitioners to examine factors in the past and present that have fostered as well as those that have thwarted the importance of diversity in our society. The participants will be asked to explore and examine their own biases that contribute to exclusion versus inclusion and how these may influence practice. The presenter will help the audience to consider ways in which we connect or disconnect from others in our work through pathways of division. Participants will have the opportunity to identify potential areas for change that specifically relate to exclusionary behaviors. Based on clinical experience and the literature, this presentation will challenge clinicians to face the compelling injustices of exclusion, marginalization, discrimination and prejudices and emphasize the critical values of diversity, equity and inclusion. The presenter will address critical issues surrounding counseling to culturally diverse clientele and implications related to culturally sensitive supervision and training. The presenter will use clinical and empirical literature as well as practice knowledge in this area to inform guidelines for best practice.

Educational Objectives:

Based on the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the historical movements past and present that have fostered the diversity construct.
  • Describe the historical movements that have thwarted the diversity construct.
  • List personal biases that result in exclusion and conflict with inclusion.
  • Identify personal awareness of lack of diversity in order to identify opportunities for
  • Discuss critical issues surrounding counseling culturally diverse clientele.
  • List implications related to providing culturally sensitive supervision and training.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Allen-Wilson received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Couple & Family Therapy in 2009 from Drexel University and her Master of Family Therapy degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Drexel University in 1998. She is a Clinical Member of The American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. With over 20 years of experience, she is the Director of Clinical Training at Drexel University’s Couple & Family Therapy Department. She is also the founder and CEO of F.A.I.T.H. Inc. (Family and Individual Therapeutic Healing) and co-founder of Connections Matter LLC. Dr. Allen-Wilson is former Assistant Director of Training for the Post-Masters Certificate Program, Co-Director of the Anger Management program and a full-time clinical practitioner at the Council for Relationships. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Palmer Theological Seminary teaching Supervision of Marriage & Family Studies in their Doctorate of Ministry Program. She has worked with diverse populations including addicted women with children, high-risk adolescents, grieving families impacted by violence, families affected by incarceration and many couples/families from various cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. She presents at various local and national spiritual organizations, schools and conferences including National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Conference, the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) Conference, the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) Conference, Council for Relationships Couples and Clergy conferences and many other Men’s and Women’s Conferences and retreats nationally and in the Tri-State area. Dr. Allen-Wilson has appeared as an expert on numerous shows including “The Today Show,” MSNBC, CNN, Radio One and Good Day Philadelphia among many others. She received an Emmy Nomination Mid-Atlantic. In 2017, she was appointed to the Advisory Committee on College Suicide Prevention.

Target Audience: Doctoral Level Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Location: Ginsburg Amphitheater
CE hours/credits: 2

Suggested Readings:

Case, K.A. (2007). Raising White privilege awareness and reducing racial prejudice: Assessing diversity course effectiveness. Teaching of Psychology, 34(4), 231-235.

Crockett, S. & Hays, D.G. (2015). The influence of supervisor multicultural competence on the supervisory working alliance, supervisee counseling self-efficacy, and supervisee satisfaction with supervision: A mediation model. Counselor Education & Supervision, 54, 258-273.

Falender, C.A., Burnes, T.R., & Ellis, M.V. (2013) Multicultural clinical supervision and benchmarks: Empirical support informing practice and supervisor training. The Counseling Psychologist, 41(1), 8-27.

Hardy, K. V., & Bobes T. (2016). Culturally sensitive supervision and training: Diverse perspectives and practical applications. New York, NY: Routledge

Pinterits, E.J., Poteat, V.P., & Spanierman, L.B. (2009). The White privilege attitudes scale: Development and initial validation. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56 (3), 417-429.

Rothenberg, P.S. (2012). White privilege: Essential readings on the other side of racism. New York, NY: Worth.

Sue, D.W., & Sue, D. (2012). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice. New York, NY: Wiley.

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When Cultures Meet Workshop
Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Jeffery Branch, Ed.D., Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP, Yuma Tomes, PhD, and Celine Thompson, PhD

Workplaces are becoming increasingly more diverse. Different cultures are occupying the same space. The meeting of diverse cultures–whether in the organization, community, or society–too often results in destructive conflicts, the suppression of one culture by another, WE versus THEM attitudes, wasted energies, and lost possibilities. The challenge and the opportunity is how to create learning that will leverage the unique strengths of diverse individuals and groups to create a more powerful and effective whole. The ‘When Cultures Meet’ workshop is a blend of dynamic merging culture exercises, thought-provoking strategic frameworks, and concrete application exercises. These exercises set the stage for dealing with the emotional and strategic issues that arise when organizational cultures meet. Together, the presenters will deliver activities that will provide the knowledge base for developing a more robust organization that fully engages its diverse populations and provides the necessary cultural competency to serve its clients. The presenters will offer a best-practices approach in the area of organizational development and leadership, utilizing clinical and empirical literature as well as practice knowledge in this area to inform guidelines for best practice.

Educational Objectives:

Based on the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the human issues involved in the meeting of two or more cultures.
  • Describe the implications and impact of being “dominant” and “other” in their organizations.
  • Discuss the value of organizational cultures different from their own.
  • Describe how to function effectively in organizations across cultures.
  • Discuss a concrete framework for developing vibrant organizations that maximize the contributions of its members.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Jeff Branch is an organization development and effectiveness consultant, executive coach and adult education practitioner utilizing inquiry, dialogue and systems thinking to help organizations achieve and sustain high performance. He has over twenty-five years of experience advising corporations and nonprofit organizations on strategic business issues. Jeff is the Program Director and faculty for the Psychology Department’s Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Prior to leading the graduate program at PCOM, Jeff served in a senior leadership role in healthcare and as an internal organization development leader/practitioner in the financial sector. Jeff holds a Doctorate degree in Education, a Master’s degree in Organization Leadership Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing. He is certified to facilitate and/or administer Barry Oshry’s ‘When Cultures Meet’ and ‘The Organization Workshop’ learning experiences; the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other individual and group process instruments. He is used frequently as a facilitator for The Office of Diversity at PCOM. He is a member of and holds or has previously held various leadership or steering committee roles with NTL Institute (Diversity Inclusion & Social Justice and Organization Development Leadership and Change Communities of Practice), International Organization Development Network (ODN), Philadelphia Region OD Network (PRODN) and INTERGENERATION, an interdisciplinary working group focused on cross-boundary learning and leadership across generations.

Dr. Stephanie Felgoise earned an MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University, after completing an APA-accredited internship in clinical/community psychology at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ. Her postdoctoral training in Health Psychology and Research from Hahnemann University and her private clinical practice positions her to mentor students in clinical work, research, scholarship and professional affiliation. Dr. Felgoise earned her diplomate in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2003, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Felgoise's research focuses on factors relating to quality of life, social problem solving, coping and adjustment, resilience factors (hope, optimism, spirituality) and comorbid psychological conditions (i.e., anxiety, depression). Her work has been grant supported in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. Other research projects have been funded by the ALS Association and the Christopher Reeves Foundation, and presented at the Heart Rhythm Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, among others. Dr. Felgoise has been a co-principal investigator for several studies and a program of research focusing on quality of life issues for persons with ALS and their family caregivers. Dr. Felgoise has also co-authored numerous national conference presentations in her areas of research, and previously on coping with cancer, including a book published by the American Psychological Association, Helping Cancer Patients Cope: A Problem-Solving Approach. She is also an associate editor and author for the Encyclopedia of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies by Kluewer and co-author of a graduate textbook, Clinical Psychology: Integrating Science and Practice. Dr. Felgoise is Associate Editor for Journal of Clinical Psychology (Wiley & Sons), Consulting Editor for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (APA) and Consulting Editor for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (APA). She also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for Psycho-Oncology and others.

Dr. Yuma Tomes received his PhD in Educational Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently Director of the PsyD Program in School Psychology at PCOM. While pursuing his post-graduate degree, Dr. Tomes worked in the Division of Student Affairs as a Coordinator of Residence Education for the Medical College of Virginia. Later, Dr. Tomes assumed the position of the director of counseling for Virginia Union University (VUU). Prior to joining PCOM, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational and Developmental Psychology at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Tomes has created courses that addressed multicultural psychology and has taught such courses as Professional School Psychology, Advanced Educational Psychology, Multicultural Assessment, Psychological Behavior & Assessment and Counseling Theory & Techniques. In addition, Dr. Tomes was the internship supervisor for the graduate program in school psychology. During his tenure, he served as the Chair of the Ethics and Professional Practice Committee for Washington State Association of School Psychologists.

Dr. Celine Thompson obtained her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania where she also completed her master’s degree in Psychological Services. Her dissertation research focused on understanding “racially-gendered” identity development processes in black adolescent females. Dr. Thompson has research experience working with minority youth around social-emotional skills development. These intervention studies focused on helping African American children and adolescents develop coping skills and strategies for dealing with racism in an academic setting and how to manage racial and academic stress through culturally-relevant group therapy and athletic movement in playing basketball.

Target Audience: Doctoral Level Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Location: Ginsburg Amphitheater
CE hours/credits: 2.5

Suggested Readings:

A list of empirically-based articles upon which the workshop is based will be distributed to the audience on the day of the program.

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The Diversity Conference is free of charge, but advance registration is required.



PCOM has a parking garage that can be entered from the PCOM driveway off Monument Road, from Stout Road or from City Avenue.
Cost: $5 (cash and/or credit card is accepted).

Continuing Education Credits

Criteria for Earning CE

For those attending, you must sign into each session, attend each session in its entirety and complete and submit the evaluation form at the conclusion of each session to be awarded the Continuing Education credit designated for each session. Partial credits for any given session are not available.

Psychologists: 2.0 CE hours/credits for the Plenary Event and 2.5 CE hours/credits for the Workshop. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Department of Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCOM Department of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NBCC Counselors: 2.0 CE hours/credits for the Plenary Event and 2.5 CE hours/credits for the Workshop. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Psychology, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines (PROVIDER #5672).

Licensed Social Workers: 2.0 CE hours/credits for the Plenary Event and 2.5 CE hours/credits for the Workshop. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Department of Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The PCOM Department of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work Examiners recognizes and accepts the psychology continuing education hours/credits for social workers. Social workers who meet the CE criteria will receive the Certificate of Attendance.

Director of Continuing Education

Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

Associate Director of Continuing Education
Bruce S. Zahn, EdD, ABPP

Continuing Education Student Advisory Committee
Rachel Gerofsky, Sarah Decker, and Steven Hofberg

Coordinators for Continuing Education
Rachel J. Cuffeld-Gaymon, MBA
Katie Garson, MSEd

Unless otherwise specified in the program promotional materials, there is no commercial support interest to the sponsor, instructors, content of instruction or any other relationship that could be construed as a conflict of interest. Unless otherwise noted in the promotional materials, all PCOM Department of Psychology CE programs are free of charge. For any program for which a fee is charged, there is a Refund/Cancellation Policy.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:
For any program that has a fee attached, the Department of Psychology requires that notification of cancellation be made no later than 3 business days before the day of the program. Full refunds are available for notifications for programs with fees that are made within 3 business days prior to the day of the event. For all other cancellations, a credit will be issued for a future PCOM CE program.

Further information about the refund/cancellation policy and any other questions may be obtained by contacting Rachel Cuffeld-Gaymon, MBA, Coordinator of Continuing Education, at or Katie Garson, MSEd., Coordinator of School Psychology Programs, at

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