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

Presented by Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS
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.

This Cultural Competence Training 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 health and wellbeing.

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

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 mental health and wellbeing

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

Engaging South-Asian Communities in Mental Health and Recovery: Barriers and Building Blocks

South Asians struggling with mental illness are one of the most underserved communities in mental health. Cultural stigma and shame surrounding mental illness, combined with a lack of culturally-responsive mental health services deter people from seeking care.

This highly interactive cultural competence training offers valuable insights into the unique struggles and strengths of people struggling with mental health issues within the South Asian community, and offers tips on how to better engage them in the treatment and recovery process.

  • Discuss the impact of culture and cultural legacies
  • Examine cross-cultural perspectives
  • Identify barriers to mental health and recovery
  • Explore building blocks to mental health and recovery
  • Learn 3 tips to provide culturally-responsive care

If you work in a healthcare setting, this training will help you provide culturally-responsive care to your patients and their families.

If you are interested in scheduling a Cultural Competence Training in your organization, please contact us at

Your workshop, A Drop of Sunshine, was more like a full sky of sunshine in the world of psych trainings/CE workshops. Everything about this workshop spoke of respect, hope, thoughtfulness, humanity, love, dignity, science w/ heart and wisdom. The space, the program, and the pervasive lovely attitude by all was refreshing, inspiring and comforting. Thank you very much for a captivating and enriching morning.

Barre Stoll

Licensed Psychologist

Gayathri, your presentation to our Employee Assistance Program Association Chapter was not only moving and inspirational, but very helpful to understand the way that mental illness and our services may be perceived from a different lens.

Most of us in the field take great pride in the illusion that we are totally non-judgmental.
It is only through regularly attending workshops and trainings like this that we are forced out of our comfort zone and can continue to be challenged to see the world as others experience it, and to be willing to be enlightened.

Thank you so much for helping me to appreciate more clearly elements of the South-Asian perspective, and how I can be a more culturally competent professional.

Tom Wolfe, MSW, LCSW

Clinician & Management Resource Consultant, E4Health Inc.

The workshop was so rewarding. It not only empowered me as a mental health practitioner to provide culturally-responsive care, but I felt connected to other clinicians who are making cultural awareness a big part of the care they provide. Most important, your story about the OHSU occupational therapist helped me to see the light within myself and all of occupational therapy and it was so motivating. I truly believe that your workshop could inspire other health care providers, consumers and peers!

Halley Read

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