Cultural Competence in the 21st Century

Judeth Forlenza Wesley MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Course Description:
Co-occurring disorders cross all boundaries of race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic levels, religion, gender, and age. Treatment cannot be uniformly the same for each group. Effective treatment acknowledges and embraces difference. This workshop will give participants knowledge and skills on the various aspects of intersectionality when engaging people from diverse populations who seek co-occurring services.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the visible and non-visible aspects of intersectionality
  2. Identify barriers to providing services to populations with co-occurring disorders
  3. List specific behaviors that counselors should include or avoid when interacting with families
  4. Implement the Cultural Formulation Interview as per the DSM 5 in obtaining cultural information that is relevant for treatment and service planning.

Presenter Bio:
Judeth Forlenza Wesley has been working in the field of addictions for over ten years as a licensed clinician, director, professional staff trainer, and educator. She is a lecturer at Rutgers University School of Social Work and the Intensive Weekend MSW program; field liaison; off-site field instructor; CEU workshop facilitator; in-home therapist for the elderly and disabled with NewBridge Services; Anger Management facilitator and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor curriculum writer and teacher with New Jersey Prevention Network; curriculum writer and facilitator for New Jersey Child Welfare Training Academy; and an on-line curriculum writer for NCADD Middlesex. Judeth received her undergraduate Bachelors of Science degree from Boston College and her Masters of Social Work degree from Fordham University.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Date:   March 13, 2018           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.


9:30 – 10:00am Introduction
Overlapping identities
Paradoxical Practice
Differences in worldview
10:00 – 11:00am Culture in the DSM 5
Aspects of Intersectionality
11:00 – 11:05am Morning Break
11:05am – 12:05pm Risk and Protective Factors:
12:05 – 12:50pm Lunch break
12:50 – 1:50pm NASW Cultural Competence Standards
1:50 – 2:20pm Social work practice in the 21st Century
2:20 – 2:25pm Afternoon Break
2:25 – 3:30pm Cultural Formulation Interview
Case practice exercise
Wrap-up and questions

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

Continuing Education Credits: 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 social and cultural competency continuing education clock hours.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – NJ CE Course Approval Program, Provider #34 Course #1734, from 2/6/2018 to 2/6/2020. Social workers  will receive the following type of number of credits: Social and Cultural Competence 5

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 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

Registration: Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until February 27, 2018. Cancellations must be made by March 6, 2018.

To register, please click here.

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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