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Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity

September 29 @ 8:30 am - 12:45 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.

8:00—8:30 Registration and light refreshments
8:30—10:30 Cultural Competence and Its Elements
Level of Ethnic Identity & Acculturation
Family Influences
Sex Role Socialization
10:30—10:45 Break
10:45—12:45 Religious & Spiritual Influences
Immigration Experience
Working Cross Culturally
Utilizing the Resources of the Church in the U.S
How to work within a Church Context

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:  BCC, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield
Date:  Saturday, September 29, 2018 / 8:30 – 12:45 p.m.
Fees:  $45 per person / $45 per certificate

  • Approved for 0.4 IMIA CEUs, CEU code 18-1346
  • Application has been made to the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) for approval of CE hours.


September 29
8:30 am - 12:45 pm
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Berkshire AHEC


Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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