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The Fourth Annual
Culture Counts Conference

Friday, May 13, 2016
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

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

The Fourth Annual Culture Counts Conference will focus on the impact of experiences with institutional structures and systems on an individual’s lived experience, mental health, and provider-consumer relationship. Daily interactions with institutions such as schools, employers, government and criminal justice systems, and organizations such as mental health and substance abuse agencies shape individuals’ perceptions of the opportunities available to them, consequently affecting their decision-making processes, behavioral choices, and mental health needs and outcomes. When made conscious, this knowledge can improve a provider’s ability to deliver inclusive, appropriate, and effective services. Back by popular demand, Dr. Michael Fowlin will deliver a keynote performance, I am not the Enemy, that follows-up on last year’s You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me. In addition, a choice of one morning and one afternoon workshop will provide participants with knowledge and skills imperative to understanding the context in which their consumers develop their worldview—by taking a walk in their shoes.

Conference Agenda:

Registration and Continental Breakfast, 8:00 – 8:45a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks, 8:45 – 9:00a.m.
Keynote Performance by Michael Fowlin, PsyD, 9:00 – 10:15a.m.

I am not the Enemy

In this one hour, one-person presentation, Dr. Michael Fowlin follows-up on his presentation You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me by asking questions: who is the enemy? In what countries do they live? What languages do they speak? What titles do they hold? What crimes have they committed? What illnesses do they have? What are their abilities, or lack thereof? In a gripping, fast paced, performance art piece, Dr. Michael Fowlin slips in and out of multiple characters, both male and female, who are dealing with the issues of race, discrimination, violence prevention, personal identity, suicide, gender equity, homophobia, and bullying. The characters share their stories in an often humorous but, at times, heartbreaking manner. In this keynote address, Dr. Fowlin uses a combination of personal reflection, expressive art, and storytelling to demonstrate how humor, reflection, and working through interpersonal challenges are critical for acceptance and understanding as opposed to simply tolerating differences.

Morning Workshops (participants will attend one), 10:30a.m. – 12:45p.m. Please click the title of each workshop for a full course description.

  1. Understanding Domestic Violence Through a Social Justice Lens
  2. The DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview as a Model of Clinician Cultural Competence
  3. Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Community Violence
  4. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Diversity

Lunch will be on your own
from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops (participants will attend one), 1:45 – 4:00 p.m. Please click the title of each workshop for a full course description.

  1. A Modern Understanding of Socio-Economic Cultural Differences
  2. Creating Inclusive Workplaces: Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias
  3. Cultural Implications of Peer Providers Involvement in Mental Health Services
  4. School-to-Prison Pipeline: Understanding the relationship between School Discipline, Dropout, and Incarceration

Social Workers and Counselors will receive 5 CEs in  Cultural Competence.

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: 01/10/2014 – 01/10/2017. 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 – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #. Social workers will receive the following credit: 5 hour(s) Social and Cultural Competency for the approval period starting 03/30/2016 and ending 03/30/2018.
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 2 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. This is a moderate level conference.

Directions, Parking, and Facilities:
Please visit:
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 DeVonish, Coordinator of CultureConnections and Quality Improvement, at 973-323-3454.

Registration & Fees:

Registration is full and has been closed.
To register for the waitlist, please click here.

Registration deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016
Cancellation deadline: Monday, May 9, 2016
Refunds will not be issued for registrations cancelled after May 9th.

DMHAS-contracted agencies and self-help centers:  Free
Public registrations (accepted based on space availability): $85 fee
Course fees include parking, materials, and continental breakfast.

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