Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Preventing Discrimination and Promoting Diversity


Course Description: This course offers evidence and examples of structural systems, organizational policies, small-group and family dynamics, and individual-level behaviors and attitudes that create or exacerbate discrimination. In addition, this course proposes strategies that can begin to address discrimination and its deleterious effects and support the strong case for accepting and promoting diversity.

Through a series of frequently asked questions and answers, this course (a) examines how psychological research confirms and illuminates the enormous toll that systematic biases, stereotypes, and discrimination have exacted and continue to impose on human capital and (b) validates the urgency of a move toward embracing social diversity, especially in light of the documented expansion of changes taking place throughout the population of the United States.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the impact of diversity and discrimination in the United States
  • Analyze the mechanisms, consequences, and principles of discrimination
  • Analyze the mechanisms of inclusion and beneficial diversity dynamics
  • Analyze the mechanisms and strategies for promoting diversity and reducing discrimination
  • Discuss recommendations that promote understanding of the psychological science that illuminates the mechanisms of discrimination and the promising pathways to beneficial diversity

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 6 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): James M. Jones, PhD, Susan D. Cochran, PhD, Michelle Fine, PhD, Sam Gaertner, PhD, Rudolfo Mendoza-Denton, PhD, Margaret Shih, PhD, Derald Wing Sue, PhD, Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, American Psychological Association, Presidential Task Force on Preventing Discrimination and Promoting Diversity

Content Publisher(s): American Psychological Association

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Jones is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity at the University of Delaware, and former executive director for public interest and director of APA's Minority Fellowship Program. He earned a BA from Oberlin College an MA from Temple University, and his PhD in social psychology from Yale University.

Dr. Cochran is affiliated with the departments of Epidemiology and Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at UCLA.

Dr. Fine is Professor in the PhD Program in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University in 1980.

Dr. Gaertner is the Director, Social Psychology Graduate Program, University of Delaware. He earned his PhD, The City University of New York: Graduate Center.

Dr. Mendoza-Denton is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, and co-director of the UCB's Relationships and Social Cognition Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and his B.A. from Yale University.

Dr. Shih is the Board of Visitors Term Chair Professor in Management and Organizations and Senior Associate Dean of FEMBA and Full Time MBA programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Dr. Sue is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and has served as a training faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies and the Columbia University Executive Training Programs.

Dr. Vasquez is a former president (2011) of the American Psychological Association. She received her doctorate from the scientist-practitioner counseling psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1978.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 clinical continuing education clock hours.

American Psychological Association
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Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
American Psychological Association (APA)

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