Build Your Cross-Cultural Skills with the ATTC Network

February 19, 2016

Maureen Fitzgerald
ATTC Network/NIATx

Providing culturally competent care the considers age, race, ethnicity, culture, language, disability and gender is increasingly important as U.S. society grows more diverse.  As the United States Census Bureau reported in March 2015:

"Around the time the 2020 Census is conducted, more than half of the nation's children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group."

The ATTC Network offers an array of training and education resources to help addiction treatment professionals address the needs of the diverse populations they serve.

A sampling of ATTC Network cross-cultural skill building trainings happening this week includes:

Cultural Elements in Treating Hispanic and Latino Populations--Chicago
February 22, 2016 -- SOLD OUT!

Offered by the National Hispanic and Latino ATTC, this day-long training gives an overview of key issues and skills for addiction treatment counselors who work with clients from Latino cultures. (See accompanying desk reference.) For more information or to schedule a workshop in your region, contact the National Hispanic and Latino ATTC.

Counseling African Americans with Substance Use Disorders
Thursday, February 25
10:00-11:30am PST, 11:00-12:30pm MST, 12:00-1:30pm CST, 1:00-2:30pm EST

This free webinar is the second in the Great Lakes ATTC 2016 Behavioral Health Webinar Series. Presenter Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, offers strategies to engage African Americans in treatment quickly and to overcome cross-cultural differences. Sanders is an international speaker on addiction and mental health, has written several books, and the recovery monograph Recovery Management. Register today.

Bisexuality and Behavioral Health
Friday, February 26
11:00am-12noon PST, 12:00-1:00pm MST, 1:00-2:00pm CST, 2:00-3:00pm CST

The ATTC Center of Excellence on Racial and Ethnic Minority Young Men Who Have Sex with Men and Other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations (YMSM + LGBT CoE), now in its second year, offers a monthly webinar series along with other resources to help providers deliver culturally responsive substance abuse and mental health services for YMSM and LGBT populations. In this month's webinar, Amy Andre, a public health advisor at SAMHSA and co-author of Bisexual Health: An Introduction, will cover the latest findings on the unique behavioral health profile of this population. Register today.

And that's just this week. 

Each of the ATTC Network's ten Regional Centers, four National Focus Area Centers, and two Centers of Excellence, along with the Network Coordinating Office, work continuously to deliver the latest information on best practices for culturally informed treatment and recovery services. These tools, webinars, and trainings are available to both regional and national audiences.

To find out what's happening in your region, contact your Regional Center or check the ATTC events calendar today.

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