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2020 Perspective: Systemic Counseling and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Friday, May 14, 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Online


  • Students attending a CEU for the first time are able to attend for free.

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May 2021 
Austin AMFT CEU Presentation

Zoom Presentation

Friday, May 14

11:30 am - 1 pm

(Breakout Room Small Groups for Networking - First 15 minutes)

Zoom Event Link


1 CEU Hour | Approved for LMFTs, LPCs, LCSWs, & Psychologists

If you would like to receive CEUs, you must pay the registration fee and complete the evaluation form after the event. Your CEU certificate will then be emailed to you.

May 2021 CEU Evaluation Form


This event will be recorded and accessible through our website afterward. You must be a current Austin AMFT member to access. This recording will not be available to non-members.


2020 Perspective: Systemic Counseling and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.


2020 was 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 signaling 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. Already in early 2021 we have experienced powerful reminders that diversity and inclusion are primary concerns in our society and that ideological and cultural divisions are tearing families and relationships apart.

How can we bring diversity 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 concerns related to equity, inclusion, and social justice 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.


  • Understand how issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion emerge and can be addressed in therapeutic relationships
  • Understand how to apply a systemic and ecological lens to understand and help heal cultural divides
  • Learn two counseling techniques for addressing racial trauma and oppression
  • Learn ways of developing and maintaining our professional competence in multicultural counseling


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.

This presentation is designed to be useful for all levels of training and experience.

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