The Sixth Annual
Culture Counts Conference

Friday, May 18, 2018
8:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.

The Conference Center at Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

The Sixth Annual Culture Counts Conference will highlight the role of advocacy in creating culturally competent services, organizations, and systems. Advocacy is an intrinsic part of the provision of mental health and addiction services and can take many forms: therapists and case managers advocating for their clients needs, committees advocating for structural changes within an organization, or agencies advocating for necessary change within a community. When advocating for a cause, one must possess both knowledge of the need and understanding of why the need must be met. A choice of one morning and one afternoon workshop will provide participants with knowledge and skills imperative to understanding the context of their consumers needs and advocating on their behalf.

Conference Agenda:

Registration and Continental Breakfast, 8:30 – 9:00a.m.
Keynote Address, Dr. Tawanda Hubbard, 9:00 – 10:00a.m.

Institutionalizing Diversity: From Rhetoric to Reality and Implementation
In today’s social climate, people are being inundated with messages and images depicting diversity as something to fear, and a threat to their way of life. These ideas and feelings that are generated spill over and impact our personal and professional lives. This one-hour keynote presentation will explore the concept of diversity and its importance and challenges for helping professionals and organizations in our current social and political environment. The need, barriers, and risks involved in moving beyond just appreciating and valuing diversity to institutionalizing diversity will be explained. Participants will be given actionable strategies to understand, define, and institutionalize diversity within their organization.  

Learning Objectives

  • Define diversity and describe its importance and challenges for helping professionals and organizations.
  • Identify needs, risks, and barriers to institutionalizing diversity.
  • List actionable strategies to understand, define, and institutionalize diversity within their organization.

Morning Workshops (participants will attend one), 10:15a.m. – 12:15p.m. Please click the title of each workshop for a full course description.

  1. Inclusive Leaders: Making the Invisible Visible: Confronting and Dismantling Barriers to Institutional Diversity within Your Organization
  2. Cyber-Bullying: Nothing Virtual About It
  3. Understanding SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) From a Child Welfare Context
  4. Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Concerns in Veterans

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops (participants will attend one), 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. Please click the title of each workshop for a full course description.

  1. Understanding the Diversity of Racism and Its Impact on the Treatment Process 
  2. Working to Overcome Barriers: Solutions and Strategies for Health Literacy with Limited English Proficient Residents of NJ
  3. Multicultural Perspectives in Developmental Disabilities
  4. Religio-Cultural Competence and Mental Health

FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 continuing education clock hours, type of credit dependent upon workshop assignment.
This conference is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Courses #1838-1845 from 04/18/2018 to 04/18/2020. Social workers will receive the type and number of credits listed in the course description for a total of 5 continuing education credits.
FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB and NBCC guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out of each session they attend and complete a course evaluation  for that session and an overall conference evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Target Audience:
Social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals

Registration is open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health and substance abuse agencies and self-help centers. Attendance is free of charge. 

Registration deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018
Cancellation deadline: Friday, May 11, 2018

To register, please click here.

Directions, Parking, and Facilities:
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Detailed directions will be sent to participants in a confirmation email.

Parking vouchers will be provided for all participants.

If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Manager of CultureConnections, at 973-323-3454.


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