Supporting Professional Women and Professional Women of Color in the Field
Presented by Sonia Dhaliwal, Psy.D. and Angela Lewis, Ph.D.
1.5 Cultural Competency Homestudy CE Credits


 Approved for Nevada Psychologists, LCSWs, and 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 explores some of the unique challenges that women and women of color face (WoC) in the profession and discusses effective ways to navigate these challenges. The presenters discuss the impact of discrimination, microaggressions and unconscious biases on women and WoC. The presentation also focuses 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 pre-recorded 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.

General Information

Access to Webinar/Handout Materials:
This is a 3-hour pre-recorded presentation for homestudy CE credit. Electronic copy of handout materials will be sent out by email to attendee after registration is completed along with link(s) to view pre-recorded live, virtual webinar

Refunds & Grievance Policy: 
Participants may direct questions or grievances to NPA at (888) 654-0050. 

Approval and CE credit:
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. 

If you want to receive homestudy CE credit for this pre-recorded presentation, you will need to complete and pass an online Post-Test Questions form.  According to APA’s Standards and Criteria for Approval of Sponsors, attendee must score at least 75% accuracy to qualify for CE credit, ensuring that attendee did actually attend and complete the program. Partial credit will not be issued to those that do not score at least 75% on posttest. Attendees are allowed three attempts to complete and pass the online posttest to receive CE credit.

Completion of the evaluation form is appreciated, forms are tabulated and reported to our CE Committee for discussion, analysis of participants’ satisfaction with content, instructor performance, etc.

CE certificate will be issued via email within 72 hours of receipt of post test and evaluation form, provided a passing score is obtained.


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