First Advisor

Karch, Adriana


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

60 pages


This research project focuses on exposing clinician's and/ or graduate students to the occurrence of social class bias and its effect on the clinical relationship. This project was designed as a workshop that can be incorporated into a classroom presentation or continuing education workshop. This project consists of three primary components: (1) a mock diagnosis, that exposes the participants to the possibility that their clinical judgment can be biased by social class, (2) presentation of relevant literature exposing the incidence of social class bias within the clinical relationship, and (3) an post-presentation survey designed to improve the relevance and efficacy of the presentation for future participants. Through the post-presentation survey it was indicated that this field of study is needed in the clinical community and was relevant to the participants. It also showed that it was lacking in the participants graduate programs, which needs to be addressed.

Date of Award

Spring 2008

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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