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June 27-28, 2019
Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel
This is Us: Examining our Cultural Index

Self-awareness of the ways you perceive differences and the meaning you make of those differences requires you to reflect on the most visible expressions of diversity based on values, beliefs, and assumptions. These may not be easily observed. These unconscious values, beliefs, and assumptions are given to us as we grow up. They are taught to us by our families, friends, schools, faith groups, and the communities in which we lived.
Are we self-aware of the first, perhaps unconscious, thoughts we think when faced with diversity? In many cases, these first thoughts reveal unconscious biases. In these situations, self-awareness allows us to reconsider and not respond to our first thoughts, but rather to re-evaluate what we see and perceive. 
Becoming self aware of your biases is a huge step toward improving upon your  professional development. By understanding your predispositions and how they affect your decisions, you can recognize any present bias in order to achieve a more well-rounded perspective to the people you serve.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Chloe Bland Ph.D.
is the chair of the Psychology Department at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, USA. She earned her Research MA in psychology and her Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary concentration of Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology at the New School for Social Research in 2011. She currently has two distinct programs of research. The first is the use of history to teach about the psychology of racism. The second research program is a cross-culture investigation of the social norms that govern caregiving in the US and in India. Her past research includes social-emotional learning in schools, factors that support first-year students, and the different social norms of reciprocity in NY, USA, and Gujarat, India. She consulted for the United Way of Northern NJ where she helped schools assess and improve their climate and culture. She remains on a speaker's board for the United Way where she gives workshops and lectures on racism and microaggression to schools around Morris County, NJ. In addition, Chloe is a co-founder of the research partnership between the former Atlantic Health Center for Population Sciences and the College of Saint Elizabeth, which helped to produce the new report on caregiving over the lifespan.

Dr. Valerie Scott Ed.D.
is a licensed psychologist, Approved Clinical Supervisor and Professor at the College of Saint Elizabeth where she administers the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and teaches in the masters and doctoral programs. She currently serves on the NJ Board of Psychological Examiners and maintains a small private practice specializing in training and supervision of counselors and psychologists in New Jersey.


Workshop 1   "Cultural Humility" 
Workshop 2 "
Self Assessment: Managing Implicit Biases"

Workshop 3  "Raising Awareness in a Multi-Cultural Workplace" 

  Plenary Workshops

"Exploring Cultural Constructs within Ethical Decision Making"
                      "Preventing Workplace Burnout"

Conference Location

Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel
Back by popular demand, this year's conference will be hosted at the Sheraton Atlantic City, 2 Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ.   Directions

Room Reservations
To reserve a room, please call the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel at (609) 344-3535 and reference "Center For Family Services Annual Multicultural Training Conference". 

HOTEL RATES: $109 for Thursday, plus tax for a single or double & $159 per night, .  

Please identify yourself as attending the 2019 Annual Multicultural Training Conference for the special rate.  There is no room block reserved.  Room rates are contingent upon the availability of the rooms.   If you still have questions, feel free to contact our staff .

Stacy Triumph

Joel Levine

Anthony Zazzarino, 
  K eva White

Donna Wess

Nicole Lynch

Registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until June 15, 2019. Cancellations must be made by June 22, 2019.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be mailed to participants within 10 business days after the completion of the course.

Continuing Education Credits
NJ Social Workers: An application has been submitted for consideration for up to 10  CE credits in "Social & Cultural Competence" for the  conference.

Center for Family Services maintains full responsibility for this program.

ADA Accommodations
Participants who require disability accommodations may contact Clarissa Wheat at 609.569.0239 ext. 62155 or by email at at least seven (7) business days prior to the event.

Grievance Policy
Should any attendees be dissatisfied with the quality of their continuing education program during this event, a request in writing, explaining why you were dissatisfied, must be submitted to  Center for Family Services within ten (10) business days of the conclusion of the conference/training. Grievance requests must be sent by email to or fax at (609) 569-1819; Attendees may also register complaints with the approval entity with an option to appeal to their licensing Board if an attendee is displeased with the results of the process. 

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