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When: 8:00 AM
Where: UNM Continuing Education - Room D
1634 University Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87131
United States
Contact: Kevin Kinzie

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New Mexico Psychological Association
Saturday Seminar Series

Three Cultural Diversity Workshops

Saturday, May 11, 2019
8:00 am to 3:30 pm

UNM Continuing Education Bldg. - Room D
1634 University Blvd. NE

(Up to 6 CE Credits available*)

1. Constructing Meaningful Stories about Who “We” are and Who “They” are.  

Presented by: Bradley Samuel, PhD and Lucia D'Arlach, PhD
2 CE credits 
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. 

This two-hour presentation will focus on culture and diversity from the perspective of learning more about ourselves and others via the use of telling and listening to stories.  We will reference the lens of Intersectionality as a way of taking a closer look at “Who we Are,” and “Who They Are.” Dr’s Samuel and D’Arlach will model story telling structure and thematic development as well at Generous Listening that is utilized in the Healers’ Art and Finding Meaning in Medicine Curriculums developed by Dr. Rachel Remen.  

During the first hour, there will be a participatory introduction followed by two meditations on who “we” are and who “they” are.  Dr’s Samuel and Darlach will then take turns telling stories about their experiences learning about self and other in the context of culture and meaning.  The second hour (45 minutes) will consist of small group participation in story-telling and generous listening and will conclude with fifteen minutes of large group discussion/questions and answers. 

Learning Objectives:

1)     Participants will be able to define and discuss, Intersectionality and apply the concept in the process of developing meaningful narratives of inclusion and exclusion.

2)     Participants will learn about and practice how to construct and tell meaningful stories about their own experiences with culture, diversity, unconscious bias, in the context of small groups.

3)     Participants will practice generous listening utilizing the lens of Intersectionality in small groups. 

2. Cultural Tailoring of Evidence-Based Treatments: Providing effective treatment for underrepresented ethnocultural people
Presented by: Kamilla Venner, PhD
2 CE credits
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

In this two hour interactive presentation, we will address the difficult topic of providing the most effective treatment to diverse and multicultural clients. We will discuss reasons to culturally adapt treatments, caveats of culturally tailoring, methods to guide cultural adaptations, and examples of cultural adaptations to evidence-based treatment. Adapting evidence-based practice or treatment is only one pathway to effective treatment whereas other options will be presented including culturally based interventions. To form the basis of deciding on treatment and cultural adaptations, case formulation must include cultural aspects of historical context, proximal context that may include social forces and individual factors that may precipitate and maintain maladaptive behaviors. When adapting treatments, attention to fidelity is crucial as is including the community in adaptations. Ensuring we do not stereotype clients is ethical practice, so assessing clients and tailoring treatment to them is necessary. Finally, examples of tailoring motivational interviewing and community reinforcement approach are provided. 

Learning Objectives:
1)      Attendees will be able to evaluate when cultural tailoring of evidence-based practice or treatment may improve treatment outcomes for members of diverse and ethnocultural groups (e.g., when cultural identity is highly salient, the client is very traditional, spirituality is important, discrimination is causing distress)
2)      Attendees will be able to name at least two areas to potentially include in culturally tailoring psychological treatment (e.g., cultural identity, discrimination, spirituality, and well-being)
3)      Attendees will be able to describe at least two ways evidence based treatments have been culturally tailored (e.g., rulers in MI, evoking change talk related to spirituality, adding spirituality to forms such as happiness scale in CRA or functional analysis in CBT)




3. When the Military Comes Knocking: Providing Culturally Competent Care to Families of Service Members and Veterans

Presented by: Joye Henrie, PhD, and Deborah Okon, PhD
2 CE credits
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a unique learning experience and a glimpse into the lives of military families.  Drs. Henrie and Okon will be joined by active duty Airmen who will portray common therapeutic themes.  Drawing upon their vast experience with military members and families, the presenters will provide context and highlight how therapists can respond in a culturally sensitive manner. 

Dr. Henrie was an active duty captain in the Air Force at both Lackland AFB (San Antonio, TX) and Kirtland AFB (Albuquerque, NM), where she also served as the Suicide Prevention Program Manager. Today, she is in private practice in the Albuquerque metro area with a practice emphasis in treating military-connected individuals, federal law enforcement, and other individuals in high-stakes jobs.  Dr. Okon is the daughter of a Vietnam War veteran and a USAF-Retired MilSpouse.  Her pre-doctoral internship included a rotation at the Albuquerque VA and, for the past 20 years, she has dedicated around 50% of her practice to treatment of those who are military-affiliated.

Learning objectives:

1.      Acquire basic military language to understand patient reports

2.      Identify key differences in military culture that impact family members

3.      Identify notable barriers to care

4.      Acquire strategies for rendering care

a.       within the limitations of military service

b.      in a manner that is relatable to military-connected individuals

c.       such that family members feel they and their service member are safe 


$35 per presentation

$45 per presentation

This program is sponsored by the New Mexico Psychological Association (NMPA).
NMPA is approved by the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners to sponsor continuing education for New Mexico psychologists.
NMPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Registration includes coffee, morning and afternoon refreshments.  No lunch will be provided.

*Up to 6 Cultural Diversity Continuing Education credits are available for attending all presentations.  Each presentation is 2 CE credits.  Add each to your shopping cart to purchase additional presentations.

All cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee.

Room temperatures vary - bring a light jacket or sweater

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