Our mental health system has been improving, however, large gaps in services still exist. As providers of mental health services, we need to understand that cultural differences influence every individual, both provider and client. The CT mental health licensing boards now require all clinicians to get the proper training for culturally sensitive services to provide effective mental health treatment and to possibly prevent episodes of acute mental illness. 

I. Cultural Competence training (3 CEUs)

This 3 hour comprehensive Cultural Competence training covers the following topics:

  • Definition of culture and its role in mental health treatment
  • Definition of Cultural Competence
  • Dimensions of Cultural Competence
  • Cultural competence continuum
  • Diversity in the United States
  • Disparities in mental health services
  • Cultural barriers and biases in mental health services

In addition, we have included experiential training components that include:

  • Self reflective activities for clinicians to understand their own cultural identity
  • Self assessment for clinicians to reflect on their position on the Cultural Competence continuum
  • Case studies

Last but not the least, the DMS V now includes a Cultural formulation interview, recommended for use by mental health clinicians engaged in assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of clients. In the training we include:

  • Introduction and discussion of the DSM V Cultural formulation interview
  • Practice using the DSM V Cultural formulation interview

II. Cultural Competence : Multicultural view at Parenting (2 CEUs)

This 2 hour comprehensive training covers the following topics:

  • Explore the role of culture in parenting
  • Establish framework for parenting from a multi- cultural perspective
  • Understand challenges with regards to issues of abuse, neglect and mandated reporting
  • Promote culturally competent skills for addressing parenting issues
  • Identify culturally appropriate resources for parents and families

In addition, we have included experiential training components that include:

  • Activities for awareness of personal biases on parenting
  • Opportunity to explore challenges of cross cultural encounters regarding parenting

Last but not the least, the DMS V now includes a Cultural formulation interview, recommended for use by mental health clinicians engaged in assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of clients. In the training we include:

  •  Use of DSM V cultural formulation interview in working with clients from diverse culture

 

Licensure Requirements

Cultural Competence Training is required for LMFT, LCSW, LMSW and LPC licensure renewals in Connecticut. This training is not mandatory for Psychologists but we are approved to provide the training for this license. For additional details and licensure information, click appropriate CT Department of Public Health (DPH) link below

Please check licensure requirements for your own license before signing up for trainings.