Our Services

Training and Conferences

Culture Connections offers training on various topics throughout the year in addition to an annual conference.  Designed to strengthen individual and agency knowledge and skills in cultural competence, these events are free of charge to staff of all New Jersey DMHAS-contracted mental health and/or substance use agencies and self-help centers. Continuing education credits are available for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

Priority and free registrations for our training and conferences are given to all of New Jersey’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)-contracted mental health and/or substance use agencies and self-help centers. Please click on a county on the map to see a list of eligible organizations in that county. Click here for information on upcoming and past training events.

Feedback from our Training Participants:

  • “Training was great, user friendly; trainers were very mindful of all participants; group chats were awesome…”
  • “I LOVED the break out groups. I did not think that would have been possible it added a key component to be able to relate with peers.”
  • “I loved that this training was virtual. The use of technology and the ability to divide us into groups virtually was outstanding. I would love a continuation of virtual training even after the current pandemic. I know I have been interested in other training done by your organization but distance occasionally impacts my ability to attend.
  • “Culture Connections used the virtual training in a way that created connectedness and learning. The training was wonderful.”

Technical Assistance (TA)

Culture Connections’ free, on-site, and customized technical assistance services are designed to help participating agencies and their leadership:

  • meet State contract requirements for cultural competence in a meaningful way;
  • improve consumer retention rates and the overall quality of services;
  • improve staff morale and decrease staff turnover;
  • obtain buy-in from staff at all levels to improve organizational cultural competence.

Technical Assistance is available to all northern New Jersey DMHAS-contracted mental health and/or substance use agencies and self-help centers in the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren. Please click on a county on the map to see a list of eligible organizations in that county.

TA begins with an initial explanation of Culture Connections’ coaching role and consultation to discuss your agency’s strengths and history in cultural competence. This can include assistance with development of a committee or other structure and an individualized plan with your agency’s goals specific to the agency’s needs an parameters. It is customized to each individual agency’s needs.

 We can help agency leadership:

  • Select Change Leader(s);
  • Gather baseline assessment data to identify areas for progress;
  • Develop or enhance an existing plan to integrate cultural competence into all aspects of an organization;
  • Educate and strengthen your workforce;
  • Build processes to evaluate your efforts in a data driven way.

This assistance can include:

  • Attending committee and treatment team meetings
  • Providing you with needed tools, including organizational assessments
  • On-site training to create a discussion around the roles and needs of all levels of staff around cultural competence
  • Additional web-based TA opportunities through virtual meetings as a means to create a forum for you to join with other agencies on the same journey
  • And lending our experience from our experience assisting other agencies and our own journey toward cultural competence at our agency.

Feedback from Technical Assistance Partners:

  • “Working with Culture Connections is very helpful.”
  • “I really enjoyed working with Culture Connections… it can help make us the most culturally sensitive and responsive outpatient mental health/social service agency exhibiting best practices in this area.”
  • “We look forward to continuing this valuable partnership!”

For more information or to set up an initial consultation, please contact us by clicking here.

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