2/25/11 - Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

Feb 11, 2011 by Annahita Mahdavi

CalSouthern Master Lecture Series Continues on February 25th Annahita Mahdahvi to Speak on Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

California Southern University is pleased to host Annahita Mahdavi for the next presentation in the CalSouthern Master Lecture Series, to be held Friday, February 25, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST. All CalSouthern Learners are invited to attend this special event, either in person or via the live streaming webinar.

Annahita’s presentation is entitled Cultivating Sensitivity to Multicultural Issues in Therapy. In it, she will discuss the importance—in fact, necessity—for clinicians to develop and practice cultural awareness and sensitivity. In addition, she will outline practical techniques and best practices for cultivating these critical skills and applying them in intervention and therapeutic settings.

ABOUT ANNAHITA MAHDAHVI Annahita Mahdavi has an MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a concentration in International Psychology of Crisis and Trauma. Annahita also teaches Intercultural Psychology as a Faculty Mentor at CalSouthern.

Annahita practices as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern as she works toward becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. She has experience working with a variety of different populations in areas such as chemical dependency, trauma, depression, and assimilation and acculturation issues. She is passionate about cross-cultural psychology, as well as understanding and applying cultural issues in psychology and human behavior. She is also interested in starting an Orange County chapter for International Members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Annahita left her home country of Iran in 1985, living in Turkey and Sweden before immigrating to the United States in 1990. She speaks English, Farsi, Turkish, Swedish and can read and write Arabic, as well. She is an advocate for several diverse communities, is active in volunteerism, and works with a variety of non-profit organizations within her community.




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