Embracing Our Diverse Tapestry: Cultural Humility and Responsiveness Learning Community

The Northwest MHTTC is excited to partner with Lamarr Lewis to offer a live learning community on cultural humility and responsiveness as a mental health practitioner. 6 hours of CE contact hours available* (see below.)


This learning community will focus on learning how to demonstrate cultural humility in organizational practices, service provision, and strategies. Participants will learn to acknowledge and improve awareness while being responsive to decisions, actions, and policies shaped by their personal cultural perspectives. Participants will develop an orientation and active engagement towards the process of building more open and understanding environments as a way to create healthier workplace cultures while advancing equity and being inclusionary of the diversity within the Northwest behavioral health workforce. 


  • Learn ways to validate the experience of others while identifying your own “blind spots” to increase empathy for those we serve.
  • Acknowledge the need for cultural awareness and understanding, through self-reflection to create change and more supportive workplace environments.
  • Develop the ability to reframe interactions with others as one of collaborative equals.
  • Increase awareness of similarities and differences among and between cultural groups and appreciate the benefits of cultural diversity. 


  • Members of the mental health/behavioral health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10)
  • Commitment to attend the whole series is required
  • Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate
  • Seats are limited, we will notify you of your application status by April 26.
  • Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected].

SESSIONS: Tuesdays, May 7 - 28, 2024
12:00 - 1:30 pm AK / 1:00 - 2:30pm PT / 2:00 - 3:30pm MT

May 7: Cultural Competence < Cultural Humility and Responsiveness  

This session will focus on learning how to demonstrate cultural humility and responsiveness. Participants will learn to acknowledge and improve awareness about decisions, actions, and policies that are shaped by their personal cultural perspective. The goal is for participants to develop an orientation and active engagement towards increased understanding and the process of transitioning to more open and understanding workplace environments.  

May 14: Collaborative Communication 

This session will focus on developing teamwork and enhancing collaboration through person-centered communication. We will use interactive activities and discussions to teach techniques such as; active listening, healthy reinforcement, conflict resolution, and clear feedback. Participants will also learn ways to manage and identify daily stressors and unexpected events that can impact effective communication.  

May 21: Relationships First 

This session will focus on the process of establishing and nurturing healthy and functional connections with others. Participants will learn approaches to build genuine, meaningful, and lasting relationships between others to achieve shared goals. The goal is to foster supportive environments where individuals feel connected, empowered, and encouraged to contribute to the greater good of the workplace and community. 

May 28: Finding Common Ground 

This session will focus on building collaboration and cultivating a culture of inclusivity where everyone feels valued and heard. By further learning how to invest in meaningful relationships, participants will work to create a positive and sustainable impact on their workplace environment. They will learn ways to identify common goals and interests and empower all members to be a part of the decision-making process.


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Lamarr Lewis, MA, LAPC, CPRP

Lamarr Lewis is a dedicated advocate, author, and agent of change. With a focus on community-based mental health, he works with diverse groups including individuals living with psychiatric disabilities, people in recovery from substance abuse, and at-hope youth (He does not use the term at-risk). He is an alumnus of Wittenberg University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Africana Studies and Religion. He later received his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University. His career spans over twenty years with experience as a therapist, consultant, and human service professional. He has been a featured expert and trainer for such organizations as; Boeing, Fulton County Probate Court, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Region IV Public Health Training Center, the Ruby Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation, and more. His lifelong mission is to leave the world better than how he found it.

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*Continuing Education Contact Hours Details

Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUs with your licensing/credentialing entity. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, substance use disorder professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620, WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

Starts: May 7, 2024 1:00 pm
Ends: May 28, 2024 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
April 20, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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