Intent versus Impact: Understanding Microaggressions

12:45pm - June 15, 2022 thru 3:00pm - June 15, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.




Microaggressions usually involves demeaning implications and other subtle insults against marginalized groups. They can be very harmful since they perpetuate stereotypes and create a wide array of psychological, physical and emotional problems. Furthermore, they can potentially devalue social group identities, lead to lower work productivity, and create inequities in educational learning. This workshop will explore this important topic in our society including what microaggressions are, various ways they’re conveyed, and the impact on cultural groups. Additionally, strategies will be identified to assist with reducing this subtle form of discrimination.




  • Introduce the concept of microaggressions and explore examples as they relate to education, media, and the workplace.
  • Discuss the implications of microaggressions on marginalized groups including the psychological, emotional, and social impact.
  • Explore various strategies to reduce microaggressions at the individual, institutional, and societal levels.




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will be eligible to receive 2.0 hours of continuing education from the MN Board of Social Work. Certificates are disseminated via email to all qualifying individuals approximately two weeks after the conclusion of the event or training. 




Fiyyaz Karim

Fiyyaz Karim, Psy.D., is a resident faculty member in the master of professional studies in integrated behavioral health and master of professional studies in addictions counseling programs at the University of Minnesota.


Prior to working in higher education, Karim was employed in community mental health outpatient settings, many addressing the needs of underserved and minority populations. His clinical interests include identity development, grief and loss, social justice issues, health psychology, trauma, and PTSD. He has conducted professional training sessions and presented on diversity issues including microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and racial identity.


Karim has done clinical work and research in grief and loss, with an emphasis on unemployment, divorce (or relationship losses), chronic illness, addictions, and more recently losses with the pandemic. He has also done mental health work and research in trauma/PTSD, especially with immigrants/refugees.