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Exploring Cultural Awareness

2:00pm - January 27, 2021 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Collaborating TTC: Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: January 27, 2021
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This webinar will explore what cultural awareness is and how it is developed. Participants will learn how they can increase their cultural awareness and sensitivity. They will also examine the impact that culture has on mental health, help-seeking, and coping strategies and identify their role in addressing these factors in their community.

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Dana Cunningham, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Faculty Consultant at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cunningham is the Program Director of the Prince George’s School Mental Health Initiative, which is a school-based mental health program designed to support the emotional and behavioral needs of students in special education. Dr. Cunningham is also the Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement in Black Mental Wellness. Dr. Cunningham obtained her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Cunningham’s clinical and research interests include trauma, children of incarcerated parents, and increasing access to care for underserved youth.

Jessica Henry, Ph.D., Vice President of Program Development and Evaluation for Black Mental Wellness, Corp., and Founder and CEO of Community Impact: Consultation & Psychological Services, received her B.S. from Howard University, M.A. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. Also, she is currently the Clinical Director of a level-5 close security male prison. In essence, Dr. Henry is dedicated to reducing and eliminating barriers to receiving mental health treatment for African Americans and minorities and increasing access to mental health care for individuals and communities impacted by traumatic events.


Learning Objectives:

  • Define cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Identify how cultural and structural racism impact mental health service utilization and access
  • Increase understanding of how culture impacts expectations and interactions with others


Who Should Attend?
Behavioral healthcare professionals, Educators


Certificates of attendance will be available to viewers of 50% (30 minutes) or more of the live webinar (via email within 30 business days post-event). CEUs are not offered for this session. Webinar slide presentations and recordings will be posted to the website.