Cultural Awareness Training

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Cultural Awareness Training

There are an increasing number of culturally different clients in substance abuse treatment programs in the state of Iowa.  To promote awareness of culturally different patients and to provide professionals with tools to deal with such differences, ASAC will be holding workshops on Cultural Differences in Substance Abuse: Assessment and Intervention. A session was held on March 31st and two more sessions are scheduled to be held in ASAC’s Prevention Conference Room, 3536 18th Avenue SW, in Cedar Rapids on April 28 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (lunch provided) and May 19 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Topics covered include 1) Psychological principles of the perception of others, 2) Cultural vs Non-cultural factors in substance abuse, 3) Identifying own world views and biases towards the culturally different, and 4) Implications of cultural factors in assessment and treatment.

The facilitator for the training is Dr. Pedro Sánchez-Escobedo, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Yucatan.  Dr. Sánchez-Escobedo has contributed significantly to both educational and psychological fields in Mexico. He has published 12 books and more than 100 original research manuscripts. His research areas are talent development, intelligence, gifted education and curriculum development. Dr. Sánchez-Escobedo is a Fulbright visiting scholar at Kirkwood Community College.

There is no cost for the training but please register early because there is a maximum of 30 participants per training. Visit www.asac.us/training to register online.