Cultural Competence in Geriatric Care

Mary Anne Ross, CSW and Dale Ofei-Ayisi, MA, LCSW

Older adults comprise a growing segment of the population. They are also one of the most diverse groups. This practical and fast paced work shop gives participants the skills they need to work effectively with older adults from different cultures, focusing on practical techniques and approaches. Video, role plays, exercises and discussions are used to reinforce learning. No one is an expert in working with every culture but participants will leave with a broader understanding of their own culture and the confidence to work with others.


  • Identify 2 different kinds of diversity.
  • Identify 2 ways in which culturally competent care can improve health outcomes.
  • Identify one’s own attitudes and assumptions about aging and caregiving, and recognize how one’s own ethnic background influences one’s perspective.
  • Identify the beliefs about illness, aging, death, and caregiving of two different ethnic groups.
  • Learn and develop strategies, including communication strategies, to provide culturally competent assessments, treatment plans, and care in individual work environments.

Location: Morris County Public Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ 07981

Date: Monday, June 10, 2013                    Time: 9:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Registration and coffee/tea service will take place from 9:30 – 10:00a.m. The training itself will begin promptly at 10:00a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, Case Managers. This training is appropriate for all levels (beginning, intermediate, advanced).

CEUs: Social workers will receive 5.5 CEUs in cultural competence.
Family Connections, 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.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

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

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until May 24, 2013. After May 24th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.

To register for this training please click here.
Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on May 24th.

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