Week of April 17: Transcultural Psychiatry: The Impact of Culture on Mental Health in a Globalization Era

April 17, 2023

Peer Support and Intersectionality 

Listen to this new podcast episode, sponsored by New England MHTTC, as Jonathan Edwards and host Ashley Stewart discuss intersectionality in the context of the peer support workforce. We were lucky to hear from Dr. Edwards during the 2023 Innovations training event about honoring workforce solutions to support care for communities of color, and we appreciate the opportunity to continue to learn from him. Stay tuned: Dr. Stewart will be back with more interesting and informative podcast episodes later this spring!

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April 19

Transcultural Psychiatry: The Impact of Culture on Mental Health in a Globalization Era

Among the medical specialties, Psychiatry is one of the most sensitive to cultural influences. In this era of globalization with more access to communication, the world is more interconnected. People migrate more than before, and they bring with them their culture, values, and traditions. For mental health providers, diagnosing and treating some unexplained symptoms or syndromes can be at times very challenging. But it can be understood in a cultural context. Culture provides a framework to understand the cognitive, emotional, and overall behavioral expressions of people that could be pathological for one culture and not for another. With the cooperation of anthropology, social psychiatry, and cultural psychiatry-among others-we can understand the influence of culture in the regulation of thoughts, feelings, emotions, and idioms of distress. Upon completion of this event, participants will be able to: * Become familiar with the important role of culture in psychiatry diagnosis and treatments. * Be familiar with idioms of distress and somatization in psychiatry. * Be familiar with some strategies and interventions through a clinical case of applying cultural principles to treat patients with mental illness.
Join us on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 12 PM ET.

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April 25

Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices- April Event

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. and New England MHTTC would like to invite you and your staff to attend "Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices," a Tribal Behavioral Health ECHO webinar series.Native Psychological Brilliance refers to the intelligence, strengths, balance, innate resources, and resilience of Native people. 

This no-cost telehealth series will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am Pacific/12:00 pm Mountain/1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern. Each session will be one hour in length and will provide an opportunity for participants to: 

  • Gain skills on strength-based approaches in partnership with Native People to enhance Native behavioral health
  • Discuss ways that Native brilliance is demonstrated and supports behavioral health
  • Learn about Native brilliance examples to share with behavioral health and other health care staff, as well as with local Tribal Nation citizens

The topic of April's session is: "Native Post-Traumatic Growth from Decolonized Perspective."

The concept of Native psychological brilliance will be celebrated through Native music video and Native spoken word performances as part of each session.

Join us on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 2 PM ET.

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April 25-27

Think Trauma Training Series: Day 3 and 4

The aim of Think Trauma: A Training for Working with Justice Involved Youth is to make creating trauma-informed juvenile justice systems easier to implement. Many youth in the juvenile justice system have survived horrific traumatic experiences including chronic exposure to violence that has profoundly shaped how they think, behave, and respond. Direct care professionals working with youth in juvenile justice-related facilities have very challenging and emotionally draining roles; they are responsible for preserving their safety and the safety of others and serve as parent, counselor, mentor, role model, disciplinarian, and advocate.

Goals of the Training 

  • To educate juvenile justice professionals about the impact of trauma on the development and behavior of youth in the juvenile justice system. 
  • To provide juvenile justice professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to: 
    • Respond appropriately to the behavioral and emotional challenges of traumatized youth 
    • Help traumatized youth develop the ability to recognize trauma or loss reminders 
    • Help traumatized youth recognize and develop their strengths 
    • Help traumatized youth recognize survival coping strategies and develop positive coping strategies needed to grow into healthy, productive, and functional adults 
    • Take care of themselves and seek support from others 
  • To learn strategies for supporting youth reintegration into the community
  • Understand the role of intergenerational, historical, and system-induced trauma on youth behavior 
  • Develop strategies for adjusting agency practices and procedures to more effectively address the impact of trauma on youth, their families, and staff 
  • Review the role of youth cultural experiences for building resilience among traumatized youth 

Join us on April 25 at 11 AM and April 27 at 12 PM ET. Only participants who complete all four days of the training are eligible for CEs. 

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April 26

A Dose of Nature: Cultivating Strategies for Self Care

In this evidence-based presentation, we will discuss the powerful healing properties of nature. We will discuss realistic and accessible ways to engage with nature. We will explore how humans are hard-wired to see beauty in nature, and why teaching our children to love nature is more important than ever. 

Catherine Haines, OT, OTR (she, her) is a community based occupational therapist and consultant for the Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. 

Join us on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 12 PM ET.

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April 28

Motivational Interviewing for Loved Ones: Empowering Families with Therapists' Best Tools for Encouraging Behavior Change

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based technique for engaging ambivalent patients in conversations about behavior change. Dr. Kline will present her research on adapting motivational interviewing for family caregivers of adolescents and young adults with first episode psychosis and other mental health and substance use disorders.

Dr. Emily Kline is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. She serves as the Director of Psychological Services for the Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis team and leads the Motivational Interviewing for Loved Ones lab at Boston Medical Center. 

Join us on Friday, April 28, 2023 at 11:30 AM ET.

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