Communities of Color, Substance Use, and Cultural Competence

Yvette Murry, MSW, LCSW

Course Description:
Racial and ethnic communities currently make up about a third of the population of the nation and are expected to become a majority by 2050. People of color (POC) experience disproportionate rates of mental and/or substance use disorders, and increased barriers in accessing treatment, than their white counterparts.  Social policy, health disparities and institutional protocols often lead to POC experiencing a greater burden to accessing mental and substance use services.

This workshop is designed to enhance substance and mental health providers’ ability to recognize the socio-political forces and barriers they must navigate in the provision of assuring services are culturally competent and evidenced-based.  Using a historical lens, participants will have the opportunity to acquire an understanding of individual, micro- and macro-level cultural barriers, that lead to poorer health outcomes and subsequent risk for other related public health diseases in communities of color.

Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the socio-economic, socio-political, and other related barriers that influence culturally competent care and treatment.
  2. Describe internal community obstacles related to acknowledging problematic substance use and seeking treatment.
  3. Assess the impact of transference and countertransference in working with a range of cultural communities.
  4. Identify protective physiological, emotional, cognitive and spiritual factors that increase client resiliency and well-being.

Presenter Biography:
Yvette R. Murry is the President & CEO of YRM Consulting Group, LLC.   Yvette has over 30 years of experience providing training, coaching and consultation services nationally and internationally and is a licensed social worker, master trainer and professional life coach.  She also has a private therapy practice in Edison, NJ.

Yvette is a staunch advocate for individuals requiring accommodations for cognitive, intellectual and developmental dis-abilities, physical and mobility access, mental and physical health support; as well as other visible and invisible differences. She is the board chair for the NJ Center for Non-Profits, advocacy committee for the NJ Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance and leadership team of the NJ Statewide Cultural Competency Network.  She received a Freeholder appointment in 2016 to the Middlesex County Mental Health Board.  She sits on the Superior Court Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns and the Middlesex County Advisory Council on Addiction & Drug Dependency serving on the Opioid and Prescription Drugs committee.

Yvette holds a BA in English and Economics, and a Master of Social Work degree in Non-Profit and Public Management from Rutgers University.  She is a fellow of Leadership NJ, Salzburg Global Leadership and Harvard School of Business.  She has received a certificate from the Rutgers University School of Alcohol Studies and is pursuing her license as a Clinical and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.  She is also a certified school social worker.

Location: Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ
Date:   December 11, 2019    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.

Agenda:

9:30 – 10:30am Introduction and Overview
Historical Context of Racial/Ethnic Communities:
Cultural and historical influences and their consequences to increased health disparities
Influences of social economic status on substance abuse treatment
10:30 – 10:35am Morning Break
10:35 – 11:30am Historical Context of Racial/Ethnic Communities (cont’d):
Individual & Group Activity
11:30am-12:00pm Considerations of Service Provision to Communities and People of Color:
Post-traumatic ethnic/racial stress responses for communities of color
12:00-12:45pm Lunch on your own
12:45 – 2:15pm Considerations of Service Provision to Communities and People of Color (cont’d):
Provider self-awareness of cultural barriers and limitations to effective services and treatment
Self-assessment/transference & countertransference considerations
2:20 – 2:25pm Afternoon Break
2:25 – 3:30pm Enhancing Service Provision to Communities and People of Color
Service interventions to reduce service barriers
Protocols to enhance protective physiological, emotional, cognitive and spiritual factors
Organizational assessment and improvement plan
Case Studies

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health professionals. This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for this course. ACE Provider Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers completing this course will receive 2 Social and Cultural Competence and 3 Clinical continuing education credits.

Communities of Color, Substance Use, and Cultural Competence, [course number], is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Family Connections, Inc. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: [dates]. Social workers completing this course receive 2 Social and Cultural Competence and 3 Clinical 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 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 awarded to participants after they have completed an evaluation and signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at nstromko@familyconnectionsnj.org

Registration: Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until December 2, 2019. Cancellations must be made by December 6, 2019.

To register, please click here

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances. Please see attached Grievance Policy for more information.

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