The Migrating Mind

 Cultural Competence Training Center
A Program of Center for Family for Services formerly Family Service Association of South Jersey
Serving the Central/Southern Counties of New Jersey

Join us Friday, May 10, 2019
There are many challenges to recognizing and appropriately treating behavior health matters among new immigrants and refugees who arrive in the United States. Stressors associated with the migration trajectory can be viewed as three separate components: pre-migration, migration and post-migration resettlement.   Many refugees and immigrants come from cultures where mental health is not seen as a health challenge nor is it discussed openly.   This workshop will explore the impact of directives and practices which influence the therapeutic and clinical process when working with this population as well as tap into participants own prejudices.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
   1. Distinguish " Who are our immigrant population?"    
       and "Why do the come?"
   2. Identify barriers to behavioral health treatment.
   3. Define key terms associated with immigration's
       history and policies.
   4. Classify behavioral health needs of immigrants
        trough a multi-generational lens.
   5. Describe risks and protective factors of
       acculturation and assimilation
   6. Apply tools and strategies to eliminate barriers
       in treatment

Target Level: this workshop is suited for beginning and intermediate staff.


9:00am -9:30am      Introduction and overview
9:30am-10:00am     Impacts of Acculturation & Assimilation
10:00am-10:30am     Historical Framework of refugee,
                                  immigration, emigration & migration
10:30-11:00am -       Group activity
11:00am-11:10am     Break
11:10am-12:00pm    The effects of Immigration Policies on
                                  children and adult behavioral health
12:00pm-1:00pm      Lunch
1:00-2:30pm             Managing your Biases
2:30- 2:40pm -          Break
2:40-3:25pm -          Clinical considerations, strategies and
3:25-3:30pm -          Evaluations

Center for Family Services 

Cultural Competence Training 
Laverne Williams, CSW is the Director of the P.E.W.S. (Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality) Program for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Ms. Williams is a certified Social Worker, WRAP (Wellness & Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Buried In Treasures Workshop Facilitator and the owner/operator of Laverne Williams Enterprise, LLC a consulting firm that provides individually designed health and wellness workshops.
With over 33+ years of experience in mental health service, Ms. Williams is a highly sought after conference keynote and workshop facilitator. Her efforts to influence change in how communities, especially communities of color, view and treat mental illness have been presented to numerous statewide and local agencies, consumer organizations and family member groups.
As an advocate on behalf of persons with mental illness, and a Deacon at her church, Ms. Williams diligently develops partnerships between faith-based communities and the behavioral health institutions.
Most recently, her manuscript titled "Implementing a Mental Health Ministry Committee in Faith-Based Organizations: The Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality Program" was published in the "Social Work in Health Care" journal.

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.

NJ Social Worker:
An application has been submitted for consideration of  5 social & cultural  competence CE credits for this course.

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Sponsored by: 
The Division of Mental Health & Addictions Services (DMHAS)

Registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health and Addiction Agencies and self-help centers until April 26, 2019. Cancellations must be made by May 3, 2019.

Registration is FREE!

Friday, May10 , 2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center
53 Academy Drive
Westampton, NJ 08060
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