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Abstract: Dr. Etiony Aldarondo is Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, where his scholarship focuses on positive development of ethnic minority and immigrant youth, domestic violence, and social justice-oriented clinical practices. He has been supervising beginning clinicians for 20 years and has addressed training issues and challenges in various publications including, Advancing Social Justice through Clinical Practice Programs for men who batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diverse society. Additionally, Dr. Aldarondo has a long history of involvement with grass root advocacy organizations, foundations, and federal government agencies that have required him to successfully navigate difficult discourse in order to promote change. His skillful approach to bringing awareness to and discussing difficult issues in the field of psychology has led to various recognitions for academic excellence and community involvement. During this presentation, Dr. Aldarondo will share his expertise in how to engage in difficult dialogue in hopes to generate a fruitful discussion regarding the importance of developing and modeling this skill. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences on stuck points and successes when initiating or facilitating difficult dialogue. Additionally strategies for creating a safe environment for trainees and overcoming obstacles will be discussed.

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