Walk the Talk: Foundations of Cultural Humility in Action | Social Justice & Inclusion Track, Mental Health Institute

NOTE: This event is specifically for Washington State attendees who are part of the behavioral health workforce.

This session is part of the Social Justice & Inclusion track of the Mental Health Institute.


Following the murder of George Floyd, many organizations pledged commitments to engage in anti-racism work. Two years later, many organizations are still struggling with implementing the commitments in the form of transformative anti-racism work. There have been performative anti-racism statements, yet a lack of substantive changes in policies, systems, structures, and levels of accountability.

This training has two parts, with Part One focused on the foundations of Cultural Humility as well as building Cultural Awareness. The first part of this training will focus on building cultural awareness and cultural humility. Building from this framework of cultural humility is the basis for this interactive training.  Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on both their personal and professional development, as well as the current functioning of their organization with advancing equity, justice, and healing for populations served. Furthermore, participants will learn about innovative research that advocates for transformative anti-racism work. Lastly, participants will engage in dialogue and develop an action plan about offered strategies to advance equity, justice, and healing. This first part was developed by Dr. Won-Fong Lau Johnson, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Lau Johnson has provided this training throughout Washington state where she currently resides, as well as nationwide through part of the work she does with the Racial Trauma Module that she developed for CBITS (Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools).   

Part Two of this training, Walk the Talk: Cultural Humility In Action, was developed by Dr. Kimani Norrington-Sands, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. This part of the training was developed based upon the lived in and professional experiences of Dr. Norrington-Sands.  These lived in and professional experiences has informed the recognition that cultural issues often plays a key role in functioning but is frequently relegated as a "consideration" or "piece." In her work in school systems, communication agencies, and private practice, Dr. Norrington-Sands has learned of the negative impact of not understanding the key role of cultural issues in individual, familial, community, and organizational functioning.    

Walk the Talk: Foundations of Cultural Humility In Action can be actualized and delivered by adult professionals working in organizations. The intention of this training is to provide practical strategies and tools that participants will be able to share with colleagues and those in leadership positions. Transformative efforts are sometimes stymied by the perception that individuals cannot affect change because they are not the "decision-makers." This training however introduces a paradigm shift as each individual has the power to affect change in their actions with populations served and advocate for change in their organizations.  

Contact hours will be available for participants who attend the entire session. 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, chemical dependency 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.

Sessions are 9a-3p PT on December 14 and December 15. 

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Won-Fong Lau Johnson, PhD, NCSP

Won-Fong Lau Johnson, PhD, NCSPWon-Fong Lau Johnson, PhD, NCSP, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She is currently the Assistant Director of Service Systems at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. Dr. Lau Johnson has clinical experience working in schools, community mental health, and hospital settings. As someone who identifies as a woman of color with a disability, she is passionate about creating more inclusivity and working with historically underrepresented populations. She has dedicated her career to advocate for change in policies and conducting research on culturally responsive treatments for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and has developed a specialty in trauma-informed practice. She is a certified national trainer for CBITS (Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools), as well as the developer of the Racial Trauma Module (RTM) that is now integrated into CBITS. She is also a co-developer of TRANSFORM (Trauma and Racism Addressed by Navigating Systemic Forms of Oppression using Resilience Methods).


Kimani Norrington-Sands, PhD

Kimani Norrington-Sands, PhDDr. Kimani Norrington-Sands, also known as Dr. Kimani, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. As a Spelman College Alumna, Dr. Kimani focuses on supporting individual and collective healing so that clients can live a fulfilled life. Dr. Kimani draws upon her own healing journey as well as professional work to provide a range of services and products including The Manifesting Healing Job Coaching Program for Black Women who are interested in developing a plan to leave toxic jobs and  Butterfly Landing, her book that focuses on the healing journey of a Black girl who has experienced sexual abuse. Her website is www.liftingasweclimbconsulting.com and she can be found on social media: @liftingasweclimbconsulting on Instagram; Lifting As We Climb Consulting Wellness Services on YouTube; Kimani Norrington-Sands, Ph.D. on LinkedIn; and @as_climb on Twitter.




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Starts: Dec 14, 2022 9:00 am
Ends: Dec 15, 2022 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
December 14, 2022
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