CULTURAL COMPETENCE TRAINING

Thank you for your interest in exploring our cultural competence trainings. We offer a wide array of keynotes, panel presentations, films and documentary screenings to enhance cultural competence among healthcare providers and empower them to better serve the unique needs of their diverse clientele. All programs are customized to serve the unique needs of our audiences.

To sponsor our Cultural Competence Training in your organization, workplace or community, please contact Gayathri Ramprasad at gayathri@myasha.org or 971-340-7190.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

A Candle in the Dark: My Journey from Adversity to Advocacy

Keynote by Gayathri Ramprasad, Founder & President of ASHA International – 60 minutes

Gayathri was born and raised in Bangalore, India, amidst ancient traditions, and a large, loving extended family. Her happy childhood, however, gave way to a traumatic adolescence. By the time she was 18, she was debilitated by generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. And, at 23, as a young mother in America, she struggled to free herself from the death-hold of depression.

Gayathri’s signature keynote, A Candle in the Dark, takes audiences on her cross-continental journey from the entrapment of mental illness to a life of empowerment and global advocacy on behalf of people struggling with mental illness around the world.

Cultivating Recovery and Wellness in Behavioral Health: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Cultural Competence Training – Keynote – 60 Minutes

Gayathri was born and raised in Bangalore, India, amidst ancient traditions, and a large, loving extended family. Her happy childhood, however, gave way to a traumatic adolescence. By the time she was 18, she was debilitated by generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. And, at 23, as a young mother in America, she struggled to free herself from the death-hold of depression.

Gayathri’s keynote, Cultivating Recovery and Wellness in Behavioral Health: A Cross-Cultural Perspective provides a practical framework to understand the divergent forces of Eastern vs. Western cultures, and offers unique insights into the barriers to recovery inherent in each culture and the multitude of cross-cultural pathways to healing.

Culture Counts: Variations in cultural value systems and its impact on mental health and holistic wellness

Cultural Competence Training – Panel Presentation – 60 Minutes

Culture is central to mental health and wellbeing. A person’s cultural background influences how they perceive mental illness, and how much stigma they attach to it. Culture also determines whether or not a person seeks help, when and where they seek help, their coping skills and social supports. Sharing their personal recovery stories, the presenters will explore how culture influences recovery and reintegration

Upon participating in this session, attendees will be able to

  • Understand concepts of cultural legacies, social inheritance and power distance index
  • Explore variations in cultural value systems and its impact on mental health
  • Learn three practical tips to create person-centered, culturally-responsive, recovery-oriented, holistic systems of care

Standing the Shadows: Understanding And Overcoming Depression In Black Men

Book Reading & Discussion Followed by Q & A – 60 Minutes

In mainstream society depression and mental illness are still somewhat taboo subjects. In the black community, they are topics that are almost completely shrouded in secrecy. As a result millions of black men are suffering in silence or getting treatment only in the most extreme circumstances – in emergency rooms, homeless shelters and prisons. Such neglect of emotional disorders is nothing less than racial suicide. John Head’s explosive work, Standing the Shadows: Understanding And Overcoming Depression In Black Men addresses what can be done to help those who need it most.

Salud Integral: Mental-Emocional. Cuidado personal
Total Health: Mental-Emotional. Personal Care

Latino Community Education Program Presented in Spanish – 60 Minutes

By the end of this interactive program participants will:

  • Define mental health in a positive and complete way, which includes the refutation/debunking of myths about psychology, psychiatry, counseling and psychotherapy
  • Receive a complete view of mental health that recognizes that mental health and physical health are inseparable
  • Will be familiarized with popular definitions of stress, depression, nerves and anxiety, and compare them with corresponding definitions in the field of medicine
  • Will be able to identify available strategies for promoting and maintaining total health (mental-emotional-physical-spiritual), including methods for combating stress, depression, and anxiety

Salud Integral: Que es el trauma y de que se trata la recuperacion
Total Health: What Is Trauma & What Does Recovery Involve?

Latino Community Education Program Presented in Spanish – 60 Minutes

By the end of this interactive program participants will:

  • Gain understanding of popular definitions of trauma (individual and collective), and compare them with the definitions of trauma in the field of medicine (symptoms)
  • Learn about the most common reactions that result from living through a traumatic experience
  • Explore how to recover on one’s own and how to support others’ recoveries from trauma

Devrai

Film screening followed by Panel Discussion – 150 minutes

Winner of 16 awards including the Presidential Silver Medal, India, Devrai demystifies schizophrenia, a mental disorder, giving it a human face. The film explores the struggles of an ordinary suburban family in India coming to terms with the disease and learning to live with it while realizing that the disease is not curable, but can be managed with treatment. A Marathi movie with English sub-titles.

Documenting our Presence: Multicultural Experiences of Mental Illness

Documentary screening followed by Panel Discussion – 60 minutes

Documenting Our Presence: Multicultural Experiences of Mental Illness is a compassionate, hopeful look at the experiences of people of diverse backgrounds, affected by serious mental illness. The documentary traces their lives through a cultural lens, focusing on the onset of mental illness, the process of coping and acceptance, and finally, their journey to recovery. To learn more about the documentary, please visit http://www.naminj.org/programs/mo/Documenting_Our_Presence.htm

A Drop Sunshine: A film about schizophrenia. And hope.

Documentary screening followed by Panel Discussion – 90 minutes

Schizophrenia.

It may be one word, but it immediately conjures up multiple connotations. Mad. Incurable. Violent. Suicidal. Chemical imbalances. Crazy. A lifelong condition. Inevitable dependency on Medicines. Dark. Terrible.

A Drop of Sunshine challenges these notions. It questions the mainstream view of the condition and seeks alternate ways of looking at it. It also suggests alternate ways of recovering.

The film takes us through the personal story of Reshma Valliappan, a 30-year old Indian woman. It charts out her journey of eventual triumph over her condition. She now leads a fulfilling life, free of medicines.

The film proposes that the only treatment method that can work in Schizophrenia is one where the so-called ‘patient’ is encouraged and empowered to become an equal partner in the process of healing.

Men Get Depression

Documentary screening followed by Panel Discussion – 90 Minutes

How is it possible in the country leading the world in medical science, one in four men have a disabling illness that torments them and their families and most never receive treatment for it? Men of all ages, ethnic origins and walks of life get depressed…so why don’t men look for help?  They may feel weak or ashamed – that it’s not “manly” to feel sad. Men Get Depression is a public awareness campaign that will help men and their families dealing with depression understand they are not alone. Getting help for depression can make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those who love you.  Men Get Depression will show you how to get started. To learn more about the documentary, please visit www.mengetdepression.com

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