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Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity

May 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:45 pm


Location: UMass Center at Springfield • 1500 Main Street • Springfield, MA • Live Streaming Also Available Online
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Fees: $45 per person / $45 per certificate
Register: www.berkshireahec.org

Course Description

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.


9:00—9:30 Registration and light refreshments
9:30—11:15 Cultural Competence and Its Elements
Level of Ethnic Identity & Acculturation
Family Influences
Sex Role Socialization
11:15—11:30 Break
11:30—1:45 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

Learning Objectives

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


CCHI: Accredited for 4.00 CE hours by CCHI/CEAP
IMIA: Approved for 0.4 IMIA CEUs, CEU code 18-1346
Nursing: Berkshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Social Worker: This program has been approved for 4 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 80505
Psychologist: CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Berkshire AHEC at berkshireahec.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.
Medical Assistants: Application for medical assistant continuing education units has been submitted. Please contact us at berkshireahec.org for the status of medical assistant CEU accreditation

Successful Completion Requirements for Continuing Education Credits

Participants must sign-in and out, attend the entire program, and complete a program evaluation to receive continuing education credits. Certificates will be distributed to participants at the end of the program.

Special Requests

If you are hearing impaired, or are a person who is differently abled who requires accommodations, please contact Berkshire AHEC 15 days prior to the training.


A refund minus a $15 processing charge is only available up until two weeks prior to a conference.


Berkshire AHEC reserves the right to cancel a program due to low registration, speaker cancellation, or other uncontrollable circumstances. Notice of cancellation will be provided to registrants by phone, email, and on the berkshireahec.org website. Refunds will be issued within 14 days of a cancelled program.

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of Berkshire AHEC to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually and jointly sponsored programs. All planners and faculty participating in Berkshire AHEC programs are expected to disclose any conflicts of interest that they or their spouse/partner may have that has a direct bearing on the content of the continuing education program.

Grievance Procedure

It is the policy of Berkshire AHEC to provide a complaint resolution procedure that is timely and responsive to consumers of our services. Individuals wishing to register a grievance should contact the Executive Director of Berkshire AHEC at (413) 236-4500.

Online Streaming Rrequirements

Online streaming requires Zoom Meeting software. Please go to zoom.us to download the software and verify your computer meets the minimum system requirements.
IMPORTANT: Turn your firewall off for this site.
Once you are registered for the course, the meeting URL emailed to you.


May 11, 2019
9:30 am - 1:45 pm
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