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Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity

May 11 @ 9:30 am - 1:45 pm


This 4 hour training will establish a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for participants to interact effectively with patients/clients of diverse backgrounds. This training targets people working or studying in the health or human services field and is tailored for participants at a range of educational levels.  The training approach utilized in the curriculum is participatory, and utilizes a variety of training methods, each selected for its effectiveness in teaching about a particular topic or facilitating the development of a specific skill.

At the end of this program, participants will be able to

  1. Examine how culture affects medical/mental health encounters and the interpreting process
  2. Understand the effects of migration, with a special focus on the medical and mental health well being of immigrants in the United States
  3. Learn how a person’s social identity is shaped by the context in which the person lives, focusing on the interaction between racism, discrimination, social identity and health
  4. Engage in experiential exercises designed to explore one’s own social identity and its implications
  5. Identify concrete ways in which to incorporate an immigration and cultural framework into the interpreting process.

Maria del Mar Farina, LICSW
Assistant Director of Field Education and an Adjunct Professor, at Smith College, School for Social Work
Assistant Professor at Westfield State University, Social Work Department

Location:  UMass at Springfield
Date:  Saturday, May 11, 2019
Fees:  $45 per person / $45 per certificate
Register:  www.berkshireahec.org

Approved for 0.4 IMIA CEUs, CEU code 18-1346
Approved for 4 CCHI CEU
Nursing: This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for 1.8 contact hours
Social Worker: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted.
Psychologist: Application for psychology continuing education credits has been submitted.
Medical Assistants: Application for medical assistant continuing education units has been submitted.


May 11
9:30 am - 1:45 pm
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Berkshire AHEC


UMass Center at Springfield
Tower Square, 1500 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01115 United States
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