Culture: An Integral Part of Behavioral Health Services for Hmong Populations

A three-part session:

Dec 2, 2021, 9:00–12:00pm Central 
Dec 9, 2021, 9:00–12:00pm Central 
Dec 16, 2021, 9:00–12:00pm Central 

The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Culture is an enduring element, a tradition that is embedded in every human thought, emotion, and behavior. Culture is an element that is often complex to assess as it is ever-changing as societal norms change. However, culture is also the critical factor that upholds belief patterns that maintain physical and psychological health. Culture also contributes to the tenacity of mental health and substance use disorders. This three-part training was developed for behavioral health professionals and administrators wishing to learn how to integrate cultural elements into effective behavioral health services for Hmong clients.



  • Learn how to incorporate cultural values when treating Hmong with behavioral health disorders
  • Distinguish culture-related symptoms when diagnosing Hmong clients
  • Identify the harms of labeling culture-related reactions as pathological
  • Identify strategies to engage Hmong clients effectively



  • Participants who complete all three sessions will earn 8.5 NAADAC Continuing Education hours.  Note: partial credit will not be awarded.



Pang Yang Rhodes

Pang Foua Yang Rhodes, Ph.D.

Pang Foua Yang Rhodes, PhD, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who provides couples, family, and individual therapy. Her private practice focuses on premarital counseling and couples therapy and consists mainly of Hmong clients. She is a Minnesota board approved MFT supervisor. From 2009 – 2019 Dr. Rhodes was an assistant professor at Argosy University—Twin Cities, where she taught in the Doctorate and Master of Arts programs in MFT. As a conference and retreat speaker who has traveled across the US and Canada, she enjoys teaching people how to grow personally and spiritually, and she is energized by motivating people to thrive in their intimate and family relationships.


Pang Moua

Pang Moua, M.A.

Pang Moua is a Hmong-American woman born in Wausau, Wisconsin and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a proud first generation undergraduate and graduate student. Pang received a bachelors in Elementary Education from Saint Catherine University and a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary.

Driven by her cultural, spiritual, and educational convictions, Pang is deeply committed to intergenerational healing and communal thriving. Her earliest experiences with healing and thriving occurred while teaching elementary education for five years in the Roseville school district. Gradually, Pang’s relationships with students and adults propelled her to pursue a degree in marriage and family therapy to better serve and understand families. 

Starts: Dec 2, 2021 9:00 am
Ends: Dec 16, 2021 12:00 pm
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