Monthly Training: Cultural Competency and Best Practices for Native American and Buddhist Clients by Tonya Elliott-Walker

  • Fri, September 18, 2015
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Heritage Oaks Hospital 4250 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95841
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  • 2015 Licensed Member

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Topic:  Cultural Competency and Best Practices for Native American and Buddhist Clients
  Tonya Elliott-Walker
Friday, September 18, 2015
9:30 AM to 12:00PM
Heritage Oaks Hospital
4250 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841

This program will benefit MFT and LCSW licensees and pre licensees.
Includes: Breakfast and meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapist CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 CE Credit will be awarded on site and to participants at completion of the course

Workshop Information:
1.  Understand ACA guidelines for cross cultural counseling competencies
2.  Develop knowledge, skills and awareness with regards to Native American an Buddhist cultures
3.  Understand the concept of historical trauma and how it affects current mental health issues in Native American people
4.  Learn to differentiate between a "spiritual experience" and psychosis or delusions  as it relates to religion based cultures
5.  Develop understanding about the concept of attachment as it relates to both Native American and Buddhist cultures

This presentation will assist licensees and pre-licensees in expanding their cultural counseling competency understandings in the areas of Native American peoples, Buddhist cultures and other religion based cultures, which will allow them to treat a client from these cultures in a more ethically and clinically sound manner.

Presenters' Bios:
Tonya Elliott-Walker LMFT is the Clinical Director of the University of Phoenix Counseling Skills Center, Sacramento Valley Campus. She owns a private practice in Meadow Vista, California where she specializes in providing counseling services for Native American individuals and families. She also contracts with local tribal agencies for providing clinical services and continuing education. She recently spoke at the Native American Training Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico
on the use of drumming therapy for healing trauma in Native
American people. She is currently a doctoral candidate at
Capella University.

Carlos Flores Jr., MS earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and English from The University of California-Davis in 1998. He then earned his Master's Degree in Counseling from Sacramento State University with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy and Career Counseling in 2005.  Carlos previously worked for Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health as a clinician specializing in youth going through the Juvenile Justice System. He also has experience in working in community, not-for-profits, and school settings. Previously the Campus College Chair for Social Sciences, he is now the Campus College Chair for the College of Humanities at University of Phoenix. Carlos is a Life Balance Coach with an emphasis in self-awareness and stress management.   He has previously taught topics that include early childhood education, anger management, cultural awareness, survival skills for actors, and chemical dependency, among others. Carlos was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States at the age of 9. English was his second language. He was raised Catholic and is now immersed in the study of Buddhism. His lifetime of cultural experience combined with his academic training afford him a unique perspective with which to conceptualize and implement various cultural competencies as they relate to mental health and wellness practices. His philosophy is to have a 360 degree learning environment where everyone has the same opportunity to learn from one another. 

Includes continental breakfast

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Pre-Licensed Meeting

Topic:  Cultural Diversity
Presenter:  Tonya Elliot-Walker & Carlos Flores Jr., MS
Date:  Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Location:  Heritage Oaks Hospital
4250 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841


Workshop Information:

More information to come.

Early registration ends Tuesday, September 15th
Early registration rates*:
2015 Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $20
2015 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $15
Non-Member: $30
*Add $5 for late or "at-door" registration
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