The Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC), (NJABPsi, LMHANJ, and NJPA), Presents:  Shine a Light on Multicultural Mental Health Awareness in New Jersey

Friday, April 12, 2019
Rutgers University
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

10:00 AM Registration
10:30 AM -12:00 PM Morning Program (1.5 CE credits)
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (Optional boxed lunch will be available for purchase on the registration form)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Afternoon Program (2 CE credits)

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA.  NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Registration Fee:  $20 (this fee covers the morning and afternoon workshops.  Attendance at both workshops is not mandatory, however the price will not be adjusted if only attending one session.)  
Registration Policies: On–Site Registration fees will increase by $10 and will only be accommodated if there is space. Refunds less a $10 administrative fee will be granted until March 31, 2019. No refunds after March 31, 2019.

Seating is limited!  Register Here!

The New Jersey Chapter Association of Black Psychologists (NJABPsi), the Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey (LMHANJ), and the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) present two workshops to shine a light on Multicultural Health Awareness in New Jersey. Rutgers University is graciously sponsoring the venue for this important event.

As the Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC), NJABPsi, LMHANJ, and NJPA, join together as equal partners to contribute their unique educational acumen, expertise, experience, and perspectives to obtain synergy as a resource to promote equality in mental health care and to zealously advocate for the mental health needs for the diverse population of the state of New Jersey. This will be accomplished by our respective organizations working together to develop initiatives to educate the public, as well as healthcare providers through training, professional presentations, and mobilizing resources, as needed, to provide counseling and psychological services under emergent circumstances. This is the first of many multicultural events, with the hope that our organizational collaboration will grow to include additional diverse organizations in the future.

Part 1: 1.5 CEs 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Title: Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century: A Call to the Profession
Presenter: Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers, PhD, ABPP

This 1.5 hour session will present the work of the APA Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century. The session will present the ten core multicultural guidelines that emerged from the process the Task Force engaged in. Each guideline will be presented in the context of the overall model titled the Layered Ecological Model of the Multicultural Guidelines. The application of the multicultural guidelines for professional practice in the role of clinician, educator, consultant, and researcher will be considered. At the heart of this framework, is a focus on the bi-directional relationship between psychologist/client; educator/student; consultant/consultee; and researcher/research participant. An ecological, intersectional approach will be taken throughout the presentation. The session also aims to promote a dialogue about the need for psychology to make multicultural practice central to the profession. The morning program will provide 1.5 CEs.


1. Define the Layered Ecological Model of the Multicultural Guidelines. 
2. List the 10 core Multicultural Guidelines.
3. Identify the key concepts in the presentation that include intersectionality, advocacy, and an ecological approach.
4. Summarize three ways to encourage an ongoing, collegial conversation about how the psychology profession can make multicultural practice central to its mission.

Optional Lunch 12 PM-1 PM

Part 2: 2.0 CEs 1:00 PM-3:00PM
Title: Using a Critical Cultural Lens to Understand Barriers to Access and Utilization of Psychological Services among African American and Latinx Groups: Racial Trauma, Resilience and the Decolonization of Psychological Practice
Presenters: Drs. Denise Johnson, Yolanda Hawkins-Rodgers, and Aileen Torres
Moderator: Dr. Jennifer R. Jones-Damis 

The dissemination and implementation of psychological treatment is widespread yet, African Americans and individuals from the Latinx diaspora continue to experience difficulty accessing and utilizing psychological services. In part, the barriers can be attributed to the practice of mainstream psychology from a perspective that promotes the interests of a privileged minority. The initiative of APA’s Multicultural Guidelines serves as the impetus for this workshop amid growing concerns about the relevance of current practices for ethnic populations. This workshop is devoted to advocating for the use of a critical cultural lens to understand the barriers to access and utilization of psychological services among African American and Latinx groups. The first presenter discusses the complexity of the impact of historical and current oppression on the behavior and psyche of African Americans via the concept of Racial Trauma. The second presentation focuses on the therapeutic process to assist clients of color in recognizing their resilience when facing the difficulties in their lives with a particular focus on transgenerational strengths. The third presentation considers the impact of Afrocentric and Latin American decolonization theories on treatment compliance and effectiveness. The workshop concludes with an open discussion on culturally sensitive approaches to the practice of psychology. The afternoon program will provide 2.0 CEs.

1. Understand and summarize the complexity of the impact of historical and current oppression on the behavior and psyche of African Americans via the concept of Racial Trauma and list 2 ways that racial trauma impacts their behavior.
2. Name at least 4 things that psychologists can do at present to help mitigate the impact of racial trauma upon the behavior of African Americans who
interface with mental health professionals.
3. Understand the definition, the need and the role of racial socialization in the development of resilience and use the Asante-Based Afrocentricity Scale to engender transgenerational strength.
4. Identify at least one culturally centered approach to treatment (i.e. Afrocentric or Latin American theories).
5. List two major components to be considered in developing a therapeutic alliance and intervention when working with ethnic populations.
A total of 3.5 CE Credits Available –when attending both sessions

Seating is limited!  Register Here!

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA.  NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physicians, Educators, Mental Health Counselors, Graduate Students

Program sophistication: Intermediate: some basic knowledge of the specific content is required

The presenters do not have any commercial support and/ or conflict for interest for this program.

NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.

NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.

ADA accommodations available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact [email protected] for more details.