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The Second Annual CultureCounts Conference

Friday, May 16, 2014 The Conference Center at Montclair State University 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043 8:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.

Throughout the year, CultureConnections’ approach is to offer a variety of innovative workshop topics representing diverse perspectives to help participants gain the insight, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide culturally competent mental health services. The second annual CultureCounts Conference will highlight the importance of organizational cultural competence as a foundation for achieving and supporting a range of individual cultural competencies. A keynote address by Peter Guarnaccia, Ph.D. along with a choice of one morning and one afternoon workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to cultivate and enhance cultural competence skills at a personal, professional, and organizational level.

Conference Agenda:

Registration and Continental Breakfast, 8:00 – 8:45a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks, 8:45 – 9:00a.m.
Keynote Address by Peter Guarnaccia, Ph.D., 9:00 – 10:00a.m.

Organizational Cultural Competence: The Cornerstone of Becoming a Culturally Competent Agency

This keynote lecture will address the centrality of culture to mental health treatment and the fundamental importance of organizational cultural competence in supporting individual practitioners’ successful therapeutic work. In order for individual practitioners to achieve cultural competence at the therapeutic level, mental health agencies must have a commitment to ongoing cultural competence at the organizational level. While it is essential that agency leadership embrace cultural competence and lead system level change, achieving organizational cultural competence requires the dedication, motivation, and involvement of staff at all levels. Based on over a decade of work with mental health agencies, this lecture will provide a framework for how both staff and leadership can help their agencies move toward achieving organizational competence and will outline specific activities to succeed.

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

Lunch will be served in the Main Ballroom from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops (participants will attend one), 1:15 – 3:30 p.m. Please click the title of each workshop for a full course description.

Social Workers and Counselors will receive 5 CEUs in Cultural Competence. FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604).

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 & Parking Information: Please visit: Detailed directions will be sent to participants in a confirmation email.

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


Registration for all attendees closed on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Registered participants who wish to cancel their attendance must do so no later than Friday, May 9, 2014.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 5 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 5 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on April 4th.


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