MHTTC Cultural Responsiveness Resources and Products


To access more MHTTC trainings, events, products, and resources with a focus on cultural responsiveness and other relevant topic areas, visit the MHTTC Training and Events Calendar and Products and Resources Catalog. In the search field, you may enter keywords such as 'culture', 'equity', 'diversity', and 'disparities' to filter your search.


Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Self-Care and Healing

This roundtable focuses on the importance of self-care and family care in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

EPLC | Understanding and Treating Mental Illness in an Indian American Cultural Context

In this session, we discuss key cultural issues for understanding the causes and manifestations of psychiatric disorders in persons of Indian origin from India/South Asia in the United States. We discuss approaches to the management of such clinical presentations.

EPLC | Understanding and Treating Psychosis and Other Mental Illnesses in the Context of Asian Cultures and Anti-Asian Racism

In this event, Dr. Fan provided a brief analysis on how Asian religious and philosophical traditions affect the understanding, clinical manifestation and treatment-seeking behaviors of people with psychotic disorders and other mental illnesses. In addition, the mental health toll of anti-Asian racism and being a “model minority” are presented. During the second part of the event, Dr. Fan lead a clinically oriented discussion to address the barriers to improve mental health care for Asian Americans.

Ripple Effects: The Impact of Anti-AAPI Violence on Asian American and Pacific Islander Behavioral Health Providers in California

This brief synthesizes insights, reflections, and recommendations from a series of listening sessions held with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) behavioral health providers in California from March to May 2021.

Understanding and Treating Psychosis and Other Mental Illnesses in the Context of Asian Cultures and Anti-Asian Racism

This talk involves a brief analysis on how Asian religious and philosophical traditions affect the understanding, clinical manifestation and treatment-seeking behaviors of people with psychotic disorders and other mental illnesses, a presentation on the mental health toll of anti-Asian racism and being a “model minority”, and a clinically oriented discussion to address the barriers to improve mental health care for Asian Americans.

We Are Not the Same: Understanding the Impact of COVID and Social Injustices on the Diverse AA, NH, and PI Communities

Learn what it means to be part of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities; how each community self-identifies, unique strengths and challenges, and different mental health and social inequities associated with the COVID pandemic.



Black and African American Communities

Central East MHTTC Black American Boys and Girls Suicide Prevention Webpage

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among African American Youth, and African American boys age 5-12 are more likely than any other group to succumb to suicide. Central East MHTTC is committed to illuminating and mitigating this dire situation by increasing behavioral and primary care practitioners' awareness, skills, and knowledge around suicide prevention. 

Disparities in Healthcare and in Mental Health in the Black Community

This webinar delves into discussions about the disparities present in healthcare and in the mental health of the Black community, amplifying the voices of the Black community and beginning the conversation surrounding solutions to these disparities. 

Racial Equity Resource Packet

The Mid-AmericaTechnology Transfer Centers (TTCs) recognize that Black communities in our country are hurting. Across the Mid-America region, we commit to collectively increasing our efforts to develop a collaborative plan with our community partners to be part of a solution to promote equity, safety, and health for our communities. As a start to our efforts to promote behavioral health equity for all, we have compiled some resources that may support you in your work.

Schizophrenia Diagnosis and Treatment in the Black Community Recording

Recording of the event Schizophrenia Diagnosis and Treatment in the Black Community, originally held on November 18, 2021.

Technology Transfer Centers (TTC): Racial Equity Resources Spring/Summer 2020

Resources on the topic of race in behavioral health, substance use and prevention, children and adolescents, and discrimination and privilege.

Treating Grief and Loss in Black Children and Youth Recording

Recording of the event Treatment of Mental Illness and Chronic Disease Co-morbidity in the Black Community, originally held on February 17, 2022.



Hispanic and Latino Communities

Browning Counseling: Working with Latinx Clients

This webinar discusses an integrative approach to working in a culturally responsive manner with Chicanx/Latinx populations and highlight tools related to “Browning” your counseling, also exploring an awareness of how traditional/individualistic concepts in mental health can be culturally incongruent for Chicanx/Latinx populations.

Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness in Telehealth (English and Spanish)

This brief identifies issues to consider when conducting mental health services and supports through telehealth with culturally diverse communities and provides strategies to ensure that the national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards continue to drive efforts towards culturally competent care.

Fact Sheet: Cultural Humility: Where Being Human Matters in Serving Others

This fact sheet is produced by the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC and is based on the webinar Cultural Humility: Where Being Human Matters in Serving Others. This fact sheet describes why and how cultural humility matters as service providers, the current literature on color-blind racial ideology, and implicit bias. The fact sheet also mentions the importance of understanding one’s cultural limitations to enhance our service as cultural workers, both personally and professionally.

Humildad Cultural (Cultural Humility Fact Sheet Spanish Version)

Esta hoja informativa describe por qué y cómo la humildad cultural es importante en nuestro trabajo como proveedores de servicios, la literatura actual sobre ideología racial daltónica y prejuicios implícitos. La hoja informativa menciona la importancia de comprender las propias limitaciones de las ideologías como una forma de mejorar nuestro servicio como trabajadores culturales, tanto personal como profesionalmente.

Mental Health Issues Among Older Hispanic and Latino Adults in the United States

This fact sheet is based on a webinar presented by Bernardo Ng, MD. The fact sheet discusses the Mental Health Issues among Older Hispanic and Latino Adults in the United States.

National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

The National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC serves as a key subject matter expert and resource for workforce and community development across the U.S. and its territories to ensure that high-quality, effective mental health treatment and recovery support services, and evidence-based and promising practices are available to help reduce health disparities among Hispanics and Latinos experiencing mental disorders, in particular, those with serious mental illness.

Northwest MHTTC: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Care for Early Psychosis Research Brief

With an emphasis on early psychosis, this brief reviews clinical and organizational best practices to promote culturally and linguistically responsive care, with a focus on Latinx sub-populations. The associated webinar discusses implications for practice and research applicable to multiple service settings with varying service sectors.



American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

An American Indian in the Classroom: Overcoming Trauma in Education for Native Youth

This presentation explores how historical educational oppression is linked to contemporary oppression in the classroom and schools and offer some guidance on how to overcome these barriers to support Native youth and families.

Being Brave: Grounding Ourselves in Our Ancestors' Resilience

What does it mean to be "brave?" How do we incorporate those characteristics in a culturally responsive way? This workshop guides you through some grounding techniques that tap into the strength and resilience of American Indian / Alaska Native communities.

Culture is Prevention: Postcard Series

Practicing one's culture promotes well-being. In this series, we explore how Latinx and Native people use cultural elements such as community pride, family, spirituality, and resiliency to live safe, happy, and healthy lives.

Engaging American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Relatives in Psychotherapy

This training will support your efforts to increase your understanding of Native culture. The training will also provide clinicians with practical tips for improving engagement with this population, in order to improve clinical outcomes with your American Indian/Alaska Native clients.

Fact Sheets: Serious Emotional Disturbance and Serious Mental Illness Among Native Populations

The K-12 Program created fact sheets for both Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) to educate individuals on the data surrounding SMI and SED in Native populations and to share best practices for working with Native peoples living with SMI and Native children and youth with SED. Both of the fact sheets can be downloaded above.

National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC

The National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC works with organizations and treatment practitioners involved in the delivery of mental health services to AI/AN individuals, families, and tribal and urban Indian communities to strengthen their capacity to deliver effective evidence-based practices and experience-based practices to individuals, including the full continuum of services spanning mental illness prevention, treatment, and recovery support. You will find many helpful resources on the website. 

Native Spirituality: Creating Time and Space for Trauma Recovery and Wellness

This discussion with Native spiritual and cultural leaders provides an opportunity to applaud the bravery of our health care providers and community members, and to discuss how Native spirituality can support our ability to regain our health and balance.



LGBTQ+ Communities

Addressing Our Bias when Working with the LGBTQ+ Community: Understanding Health Disparities Among the LGBTQ community

This webinar explores how bias impact our worldview and the work with the LGBTQ population, to identify health disparities among LGTBQ population, and to explore interventions to create a safe space and minimize the impact of implicit bias.

LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health

The Southeast MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative is collaborating with the Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity to support school mental health providers as they increase their skills as affirming providers to better support LGBTQ+ students. An affirming provider is a provider who does more than accept their client's identity; they embrace all LGBTQ+ identities and have knowledge and tools for individualized care based on their clients' experiences.

Working with Transgender Patients in Integrated Care

This seminar focuses on how to effectively implement trans-affirmative care for transgender and nonbinary patients, covering relevant research (including health disparities as they exist for transgender populations), terminology, and cisgender privilege.



School Communities

Anchored in Our Roots - A BIPOC School Mental Health Provider's Guide to Decolonizing Self-Care: Deconstructing the Concepts of Self-Care and Exploring our Ancestral Roots of Healing and Wellness

This guide centers the needs, voices, and lived experiences of BIPOC School Mental Health providers through the conversations and materials it presents, and welcomes non-BIPOC providers to lean in, listen, and learn how to support our BIPOC colleagues. 

Developing and Implementing Culturally Responsive Curricula

Learn how to navigate the ongoing impact of racial violence in all forms on student mental health and explore strategies for developing and implement curricula that addresses the detrimental effects of racial violence in schools, that further build protective factors, power and agency.

Healing School Communities in the Context of Racial Violence: Where do we go from here? 

This document is a compilation of resources, materials, and links that help readers navigate discussions which are grounded in advancing racial equity and inclusion both in and out of school.

Healing School Communities: Shifting the Dominant Paradigm to Center Student Wellness

This 7-part Community of Practice  explored the roles and responsibilities of school staff and systems in supporting a school’s healing ecosystem within the context of racial violence. Case studies from members of the school mental health workforce were utilized to create solutions to dilemmas around racial violence. 

Strategies for Advancing Mental Health Equity in Schools

This is a presentation that provides strategies for addressing mental health disparities and advancing mental health equity in schools, particularly among students from marginalized racial/ethnic groups and/or families with low income.

The Needs and Joys of our (Im)migrant* Students, Families and Community Partners: Fronterismo - Supporting Transborder School Mental Health

This webinar addresses common school mental health challenges and celebrations of immigrant, mixed status, and transborder students, exploring how to develop environments in schools that are trauma sensitive and reinforce sustainable systems of support via a cultural lens of the transborder and immigrant experience, while taking into consideration the challenges that have been exacerbated through COVID-19 and distance learning.


Additional Resources for Diverse Communities

Building a Diverse Workforce from the Ground Up

Expanding workforce diversity is a critical strategy to support improved access to health and health care for communities of color. To support this work, the Pacific Southwest MHTTC created a self-assessment tool to help mental health organizations explore their implementation of workforce diversity strategies.

In addition, this workshop explores each of the tool's six key domains to build workforce diversity and outlines the purpose of these areas in strengthening workforce diversity and explore the different issues that require attention.

Cultural Considerations in Applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups with Serious Mental Illness

This practice brief is intended to help clinicians —particularly those who administer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for individuals with serious mental illness—to enhance their cultural awareness and incorporate culturally-relevant practices into their formulation and treatment approach.

Cultural Elements of Native Mental Health with a Focus on Rural Issues

This webinar aims to provide an overview of rural mental health disparities in the United States, provide an overview of Native American mental health disparities, and describe Native American cultural elements for improved rural mental health.

Culturally-Informed Strategies: Working with Diverse Patients with Mental Illness

In this webinar, clinical recommendations are presented on how to accurately assess different symptom constellations with patients from different cultural backgrounds.

Diversity & Difference

In this podcast, Aleks Martin invites the listener to consider his or her personal definition of diversity, the value of diversity, and ways to lean closer instead of pulling apart when encountering differences. She also presents skills for building provider well-being from an inclusion and equity perspective, including multiple dimensions of self-care.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Resources for Organizations & Front Line Staff

This publication is designed to help organizations and staff address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. It includes an array of resources that provide guidance about raising awareness, assessing competencies, implementing strategic planning, and advanced training opportunities.

Join the Conversation: Culturally Responsive Evidence-Based and Community Defined Practices For Mental Health | A Listening Series

The MHTTC Cultural Responsiveness Working Group (CRWG) aims to disseminate culturally appropriate information and provide technical assistance for the mental health field to improve access to culturally responsive mental health services. Explore the six-part series of listening sessions around numerous culturally responsive evidence-based and community-defined practices conducted by the CRWG.

Mental Health Resources for Minorities

Each July, several mental health organizations across the country shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences within communities of color, including Black and Indigenous people, and others that face disproportionate inequities due to systemic barriers and historical adversity.

MHTTC Network Recovery-Oriented Language Statement

The MHTTC Network uses affirming, respectful and recovery-oriented language in all their activities. Access the Network's full statement on recovery-oriented language.

MHTTC Network: Defining Equity

The Mental Health and Equity Coordination Group, part of the MHTTC Network, developed an equity definition that emphasizes an integrated focus that supports promotion of wellness, access to healing, and the resilience of the individual, community, and the systems that serve them.

Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care Through Practice and Policy

In this presentation, we take a look at integrated care and policy interventions that support equity in mental health care delivery. We also share about the history of mental health policy, the race-based inequities embedded in our mental health care system, and how to reduce these disparities.

Responding to COVID-19 Mental Health Disparities

Inequities and disparities within our mental health care system have been long-standing issues. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the inequities and disparities marginalized communities face within the mental health care system. In hopes to ameliorate these inequities and disparities, the MHTTC Network has developed events and resources specific to the differential effects of COVID-19 on mental health care for specific populations.