Supporting Professional Women and Professional Women of Color in the Field
Presented by Sonia Dhaliwal, Psy.D. and Angela Lewis, Ph.D.
Friday, September 8th, 2023  9:00am - 11:00am PST

2 CE Credits

This workshop will be presented as a live, virtual presentation via Zoom webinar.
Participants will be able to communicate with the presenter in real-time during the course of instruction.
As participants can interact in real-time with the presenter, this webinar meets the requirements as a live or face-to-face CE training by the State of Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners (not homestudy learning credits).


 Approval pending for Nevada Psychologists and LCSWs. Approved for MFTs.
 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education   for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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About the Workshop

Women start their professional careers with the same level of competence, education, and commitment as men, but only few women can succeed in leadership positions (Barsh, Cranston, & Craske, 2008). Although women have held leadership positions in various academic professional organizations, it is apparent that women have been underrepresented (Best & Gibbons, 2022). Maddox (2013) investigated the association between perceived discrimination and outcomes (e.g., psychological distress, life dissatisfaction, and job dissatisfaction) in Black and White professional women and concluded that discriminatory events in the workplace impact women’s mental health, increase their psychological distress, and decrease their job satisfaction. This presentation will explore some of the unique challenges that women and women of color face (WoC) in the profession and discuss effective ways to navigate these challenges. The presenters will discuss the impact of discrimination, microaggressions and unconscious biases on women and WoC. There will be a presentation on the types of support and resources that women and WoC can access to experience better overall support in their professional development.   

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
1.)  Identify unique challenges that professional women and professional women of color (e.g., psychologists) encounter and must navigate in their interactions with other professionals and clients.
2.) Understand the impact of discrimination, microaggressions, and unconscious biases in the professional development of women and professional women of color.
3.) Provide educational support and resources to professional women and professional women of color (e.g., psychologists)
      a. Obtaining competitive internships and postdoctoral fellowships
      b. Professional Networking
      c. Navigating the world of private practice 

About the Speakers

Sonia Dhaliwal, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and currently runs her own private practice in Las Vegas, NV. She is also the CEO and founder of her own diversity consulting company that she started back in 2020. Dr. Dhaliwal received her graduate training at the School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, OR. She then completed her APA accredited internship training at Michigan State University followed by her postdoctoral training at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Dhaliwal was trained as an Interpersonal Process and Emotion Focused therapist and her clinical interests lie in working with complex trauma within non-majority populations. Dr. Dhaliwal also specializes in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, a highly effective and practical approach to relationship improvement. She is also a certified clinical military counselor and enjoys working with this population. In addition, Dr. Dhaliwal works closely with organizations such as the United Nations, specifically (UNHCR) in studying Trauma within non-majority populations and advocating for International Women’s Rights. In 2014, she presented a project at the UN that she had developed and completed with UNHCR.  Dr. Dhaliwal currently serves as the Vice President and Secretary of the Southern Region Board of the Nevada Psychological Association (NPA). She also serves on the board of an organization called Step UP! which was developed to empower Rwandan women who are survivors of the genocide. In 2016, Dr. Dhaliwal traveled to Kigali, Rwanda and presented on Emotion-Focused Trauma Therapy to students from the University of Rwanda as well as individuals from the local community. She describes this experience to have been one of the most valuable and fulfilling moments in her professional career. Dr. Dhaliwal's CV

Angela Lewis, Ph.D. has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She is current completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Headspace. In regards to clinical work, Angela has experience working in community, school, and clinical settings with children and adults. She also has experiences working in college counseling centers with a diverse population of college students. Additionally, she has clinical and research interests with concerns related to social identities such as race, gender, and sexual identity. . Angela Lewis' CV


This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology.

Registration Fees

NPA Member $65.00 (Early Bird rate is $45.00)
Non-Member $85.00 (Early Bird rate is $65.00
Student NPA Member $0.00 (Student NPA members can attend our live, virtual trainings for n/c with discount code)
Student Non-Member $40.00

General Information

Zoom Login Link and Handout Materials:
Zoom webinar login link and Handout materials will be sent out electronically to all attendees no later than one week prior to workshop date. Printed handout materials are not available for purchase as this CE training is being offered remotely.

Workshop Location:
This is a 2-hour live, virtual presentation via Zoom webinar.


Approved by Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners. Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. NPA will issue certificates of completion. APA CE rules require that we only issue credits to those who attend the entire workshop. Attendance is strictly monitored. Those logging into the webinar more than 15 minutes late or logging off before the entire workshop is completed will not receive CE credits (i.e. partial credit will not be given). 


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There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program or its presenters.