Cultural Competency Conference 2016
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The Seventh Biennial Cultural Competency Conference will be held April 7-8, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is Cultivating a Culture of Health: Clinical and Community Innovations. Conference programs are designed for mental health providers, public health providers, physicians, nurses, researchers and educators and focus on creating health equity and optimal mental and physical well-being in diverse populations. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, it is essential for providers, scholars and educators to be knowledgeable about strategies for prevention, wellness and best clinical practices across groups. The conference provides an opportunity for learning, networking and inspiration.

Workshop topics include Eat well, be well: The Role of Nutrition in Addressing Health Disparities, Psychological Impact of Racism (documentary and discussion); Sabbath: Health Benefits of Reclaiming Rest; Promising Practices in Counseling with Immigrants; Engaging Target Populations in Effective Psychopharmacological Intervention; Ethical Clinical Practice with Transgender Individuals and more. Continuing education credit will be available.

In addition to stimulating workshops, the conference features an afternoon with Dr. David Satcher, 16th U.S. Surgeon General and Iyanla Vanzant, the number one talk show host on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The shared talk will focus on creating the optimal opportunity for mental and physical health for ourselves and those we serve.

Students can volunteer to assist the conference committee in a variety of roles. Students also can submit research or theoretical papers to the poster session via the conference website. If selected to present, poster presenters will receive free registration for the conference on the day of their presentation and can pay the early bird rate for the other day of the conference. Students also are invited to submit original pieces of art for a juried show in the Gallery Lounge. Students whose art is selected for the show will be invited to a VIP reception to meet keynote speakers, university faculty and administration.

For more information on opportunities to get involved or to register to attend, please visit the Counseling & Testing Center.