Trauma & Mental Health Treatment for Korean and Other East Asian Cultures

Julie Kim Richards, LCSW

This course will provide participants with foundational knowledge about New Jersey’s Korean and East Asian populations through the provision of demographic information, as well as information on cultural backgrounds, attitudes, beliefs, and common practices and values – particularly as they relate to trauma, mental health, and social services. The course will emphasize that cultural competence begins with self-awareness and will encourage participants to explore differences through experiential group activities. Participants will learn how to apply cultural knowledge in the provision of effective mental health services to Korean and other East Asian consumers, including culturally appropriate strategies and interventions.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate demographic information on Korean and other East Asian populations in New Jersey.
  2. Describe Korean and other East Asian cultural attitudes, beliefs, and norms, particularly as they relate to trauma and mental health treatment.
  3. Recognize and demonstrate the importance of self-awareness when working with consumers of different cultural backgrounds.
  4. Apply culturally appropriate strategies and interventions when working with Korean and other East Asian populations.

Presenter Bio:
Julie Kim Richards dedicated 14 years of her social work career to fighting domestic violence and other forms of gender violence through the work of the New York Asian Women’s Center where she oversaw clinical services and several NYAWC initiatives and special projects, including training professionals to deliver linguistically and culturally-specific services to Asian domestic violence victims.  Julie has served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and shared her expertise in the field of domestic violence as a featured presenter at various conferences, as well as by providing testimony at legislative hearings. She has served as the Co-Chair of the NYC Children’s Programming Committee of the Inter-Agency Task Force Against Domestic Violence, and as the Vice President of the Advisory Council to the New York State Office of Victim Services. In 2008 she was selected by the National Association of Social Worker New York City Chapter to receive their 2nd Annual Emerging Social Work Leader Award. She earned her BA in Psychology from Cornell University and her MS from Columbia University School of Social Work. 

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, Livingston, New Jersey
Date:   April 22, 2016  Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.


Welcome and introductions
Exercise: Self-Reflection on Differences
East Asian Demographics in NJ
Migration, ancestral/family history, heterogeneity amongst Asian Americans
Cultural Practices and Beliefs
East Asian Assumptions, Values and Beliefs related to Mental Health Treatment
Activity: Blanketed in Shame – Reenactment and Discussion
12:00-1:00pm   Lunch on your own
Barriers to Seeking Trauma and Mental Health Treatment
Culturally-Congruent Approaches to Trauma and MH Treatment
Small Group Activity
Case Review
Questions and wrap-up

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, Case Managers, Nurses, and Administrators. This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate 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: 01/10/2014 – 01/10/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2.5 clinical and 2.5 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 708. Social workers will receive the following credit: 2.5 hour(s) Clinical Social Work Practice and 2.5 hour(s) Social and Cultural Competency for the approval period starting 03/15/2016 and ending 03/15/2018.

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 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 CEUs. 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, & Facilities:
For general directions, please click here. Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

For information on nearby lunch options, please click here.  There is also a full service cafeteria on-site at Eisenhower Conference Center.

If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 or by email at

Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until April 8, 2016. After April 8th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $35 fee.  Course fees include materials and continental breakfast. Cancellations must be made by April 18, 2016. Refunds will be not be issued for registrations cancelled after April 18th.

To register, please click here.

Grievances: Please contact Niki DeVonish, Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.


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