Half Day Conference – No Offense, but…: Microaggressions Matter

AFCC MN Fall Half Day Conference
No Offense, but…: Microaggressions Matter

Nov. 19th 2021
8:30am – 12:00pm
CLE (2.75 Elimination of Bias credits)
CEU Psychology (3.5 credits)
CEU Social Work (2.75 credits)
CEU LMFT (3.25 hours)

Join us for our virtual Fall Half Day Conference where we will be discussing a recap of the Annual Conference as well as focusing on reducing unintentional cultural offenses and increasing cultural competence in the arena of family law.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover a healthy perspective on what diversity includes and the benefits of increased cultural competence on improving cross-cultural professional relationships
  • Identify strategies to increase cultural self-awareness, self-confidence, and convey genuine cross-cultural care.
  • Learn healthy diversity language to avoid division and increase cohesion among culturally diverse families and communities.
  • Demonstrate the use of practical strategies for reducing the frequency of unintentional cultural offenses and repairing relationships damaged by cultural offenses.


8:30 – 9:00 am – Networking/Intros/Recap of Annual Conference
9:00 – 10:15 am – Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Mabry-King, Circuit Mediator

Recently, we discussed how Family Court judges, attorneys, staff, and other professionals may become more culturally aware to respect all persons who enter the Courts for assistance in resolving their disputes. In this interactive session, attendees will learn to identify common verbal and non-verbal microaggressions and how those actions may affect persons who seek assistance from the Court as well as how they may react. This knowledge will help attendees to avoid microaggressions and to enrich their interaction with others.

10:15 – 10:30 am – Break
10:30 – 12:00 pm – Lambers Fisher, LMFT: Diversity Made Simple: A Shame Free Guide to Reducing Offenses and Repairing Cross-Cultural Relationships

Unintentional cultural offenses and misunderstandings often contribute to disconnected personal and professional relationships. Unfortunately, helping professionals often feel paralyzed by the fear that we don’t know enough about other cultures to try to effectively support those different than themselves. This training will help reduce those fears by providing an attainable goal for increasing cultural competence, as well as reducing the negative impact of unavoidable cultural misunderstandings on professional rapport and effectiveness. This positive and encouraging, relationship-focused training will provide practical language and strategies that can help reduce tensions and perceived barriers, and help strengthen cross-cultural relationships.

12:00pm Adjourn


Cynthia Mabry-King, Circuit Mediator

Cynthia R. Mabry-King is a graduate of New York University’s Master of Laws program and of Howard University’s Juris Doctor program where she was Student Articles Editor of the Howard Law Journal. She has been a full-time Circuit Mediator for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit since 2015. She has facilitated settlement discussions in hundreds of complex disputes. Mabry-King was a volunteer mediator for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia’s Multi-Door Dispute Resolution, Family Division for thirteen years. She is a member of the Supreme Court of the United States Bar, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Society of Family Law.



Lambers Fisher, LMFT

Lambers Fisher, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, clinical supervisor, adjunct instructor, and national speaker on the topic of multicultural awareness and diversity. For over 19 years, Fisher has counseled individuals, couples, and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds, in private practice, non-profit, as well as ministry environments. Fisher’s Diversity Made Simple training has helped thousands of professionals around the country increase their cultural competence and strengthen cross-cultural relationships. Fisher helps professionals in various fields feel more comfortable, competent, and confident in their ability to meet the needs of whomever they have the opportunity to serve.