CiMH Community Defined Practices Webinar Series

CiMH is hosting a webinar series focused on community-defined practices (CDPs) and promising practices in racial and ethnic communities (Asian Pacific Islander, Native American, African American, and Latino).  It is designed to promote specific strategies, discuss the implementation of effective practices, and discuss how to address systemic change at the local/county level and beyond in terms of creating policy to support CDPs in our communities.  In addition, these webinars will also promote strategies to improve prevention, early intervention and care in racial and ethnic communities using promising practices and CDPs.

Please see the description of two upcoming webinars below. More information is available here

Coping & Resiliency:  Healing Our Families and Strengthening Our Village

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PST)

This presentation will serve as an introduction to understanding the role of spirituality, specifically related to the Christian faith, within the African American community. The presenters will highlight how spirituality has and continues to be a coping mechanism within the African American community. Our presenters will examine the role of historical oppression and present day barriers affecting the African American population, while highlighting coping mechanisms employed across gender and generational lines. During this webinar the presenters will also highlight and discuss the importance of collaboration between the faith-based community and mental health, for sustained healing and positive outcomes in the African American population.

Register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/160337224


Reframing Culturally Relevant Practices for African Descended Communities:

Healing Our Families, Strengthening Our Villages

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PST)

This webinar is intended to increase awareness and sensitivity among service providers as it relates to engaging African descended people living in the United States. The presenters intend to impress upon the audience the striking resilience and resourcefulness of the population and the importance of engaging the African American community from a strength-based perspective as opposed to using a deficit model. While much time has passed since Africans were brought to the US and other continents of the world, African descended people continue to be targeted as a people and are one of the least to seek support through Western society’s traditionally supported avenues. Historical and social factors as well as barriers to seeking and accessing services will be highlighted. Examples of culturally based delivery models will be shared and participants will be encouraged to utilize this as an opportunity to ask questions that will facilitate the learning of all members of the audience.

Register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/347241897