For diverse individuals, families and communities to be meaningfully engaged in service, education and/or research programs, they first need to feel understood, respected and valued. When professionals deliberately and proactively use culturally responsive strategies to provide information, resources and support to individuals and families who are from diverse cultural backgrounds, they create opportunities for meaningful engagement, which then yields better outcomes. This workshop will provide professionals with the opportunity to learn how to apply the “Family-as-Host” (FAH) model for culturally responsive practice in their work to foster better and more comprehensive relationships with culturally diverse families and communities. This seminar reflects continuing education program content that is intended to meet most professional licensing board requirements of enhancing competency in the provision of culturally responsive practice to diverse populations.

Format/Duration: Half-/Full-Day training

Interested in using the FAH as a model in an agency or school serving youth, individuals, and families from diverse cultural background and historically underserved and marginalized communities? Participate in the FAH model 12–15-hour training specifically designed for professionals (clinicians/educators/researchers) to take place virtual and/or in-person and spread over a period of several weeks (according to the scheduling needs of the agency or school). Training participants complete a pre- and post-training evaluation survey, along with a three-month follow-up, meant to measure their knowledge gains and acquisition of skills pertaining to family engagement and culturally responsive practices. Training activities include didactic learning, skill building and interactive discussions, role-playing scenarios, and use of case examples to deepen participants' knowledge and skills needed to implement the FAH model in their agency or practice.  

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Who Should Attend:

  • Disability agency professionals
  • Educators
  • Medical staff
  • Psychologists
  • Researchers
  • School counselors
  • Social workers
  • Others

Learning Objectives – At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Describe facilitators and barriers to effective engagement with culturally diverse individuals and families in treatment and service programs.

List best practices that produce more equitable treatment experiences and outcomes for culturally diverse individuals and families.

Discuss best practices for targeting engagement early and throughout the care and service provision process and practice cultural humility to promote positive outcomes.

Apply the “Family as Host” model for culturally responsive practice in their work to foster better and more comprehensive relationships with culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities.