The Fifth Annual
Culture Counts Conference

Friday, May 19, 2017
8:00a.m. – 3:45p.m.

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

As social climates shift both within our country’s borders and around the globe, cultural competence becomes increasingly relevant and essential. It is crucial that service providers continue to educate themselves on the culturally specific needs of their consumers, as well as the historical context from which these needs emerge. A keynote address by Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi and a choice of one morning and one afternoon workshop will provide participants with knowledge imperative to understanding the context in which their consumers exist and the practical skills required to incorporate this knowledge into the provision of the most culturally appropriate services possible.

Conference Agenda:

Registration and Continental Breakfast, 8:00 – 8:45a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks, 8:45 – 9:00a.m.
Keynote Address, Khyati Y. Joshi, PhD, 9:00 – 10:00a.m.

Where We Came From and Where We Are Going
This one-hour keynote presentation provides a glimpse into strands of lesser-known history that have shaped the United States, illuminating the role of race in the nation’s history.  Specifically, participants will be presented with a narrative that shows how Supreme Court decisions, immigration laws, and Jim Crow policies have contributed to the development of Whiteness in America and how these historical moments continue to shape our nation.  

Learning Objectives

  • Describe lesser-known historically significant moments in the U.S.
  • Recognize how these historical moments continue to impact life today
  • Describe the link between race, class, and religion in U.S. history

Morning Workshops (participants will attend one), 10:15a.m. – 12:30p.m. Please click the title of each workshop for a full course description.

  1. Increasing Multicultural Self-Awareness to Inform Practice
  2. Suicide as it Transcends Cultural Boundaries: An Overview
  3. Ethics and Culture
  4. Understanding Military Sexual Assault and the Needs of Service Members

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops (participants will attend one), 1:30 – 3:45 p.m. Please click the title of each workshop for a full course description.

  1. Culture in Treatment, Culture as Treatment: A Critical Appraisement for Co-Occurring Treatment
  2. Misogyny, Sexual Terrorism, and the Consumption of Women
  3. Walking the Fine Line: The Perspective of Professionals with Lived Experience
  4. Moving from Cultural Competence to Cultural Reciprocity

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.
These courses are approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Courses #1340-1348 from 03/28/2017 to 03/28/2019. Social workers will receive 5 CEs. Type of credit dependent on workshop assignment.
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 and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Target Audience:
Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, Case Managers

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: Monday, May 8, 2017
Cancellation deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017

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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