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Multicultural Awareness & Diversity: Powerful Strategies to Improve Client Rapport & Cultural Competence
Multicultural Awareness & Diversity: Powerful Strategies to Improve Client Rapport & Cultural Competence


When:  Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

The DSM-5® has changed the cultural criteria in both assessment and treatment of mental health. Integrating these new approaches is essential to ethical and competent practice. Attend this seminar with expert Dr. Leslie Korn, and you will learn how to incorporate the new DSM-5® criteria and adapt evidence-based models in a culturally sensitive context. By identifying cultural influences and breaking down stereotypes and biases, you can build a stronger rapport with your diverse clients and achieve better therapeutic outcomes.

You will develop the skills to:
  • Navigate through language barriers
  • Overcome religious and cultural issues in mental health
  • Adapt treatment for specific groups
  • Identify cultural trauma and psychosomatic distress
  • Promote resilience in your clients

Using case examples, exercises, and plenty of humor, Dr. Korn will help deepen your cultural mindfulness in the clinical setting. You will leave feeling confident dealing with diverse clients and better equipped to overcome the challenging demands of cultural competence.
  1. Implement new DSM-5® criteria and cultural formulation.
  2. Identify your cultural influences and use your knowledge to build rapport with diverse clients.
  3. Define the role, assessment and treatment of intergenerational, cultural and historical trauma on mental health.
  4. Discuss guidelines for working with specific groups or populations.
  5. Develop skills to overcome cultural barriers such as language and religion.
  6. Describe strategies and techniques for multicultural competencies in your practice.
  7. Apply culture-based positive psychology and enhance resiliency.

Cultural Competencies in Mental Health
  • Mindfulness-based approach to cultural competence
  • Trends in specific locale: variation and mental health needs
  • Acknowledge cultural differences: terms of reference, racism and stereotypes
  • Improve client rapport
    • Make cultural connections
    • Acquire knowledge & skills
    • View behavior within a cultural context
  • Exercise: Culture(s), biases and ethnic influences
Ethics & the DSM-5®: New Guidelines for the Integration of Cultural Competencies
  • Cross-cultural variations in presentations
  • Cultural concepts of distress
  • Assessments and diagnostic protocols
  • DSM-5® cultural formulation
  • Cultural factors influencing clients’ perspectives of their symptoms and treatment options
  • Ethical standards for culturally competent practice
  • Exercise: Cultural Formulation Interview
Overcome Dilemmas in Practice
  • Working with limited English proficiency and bi/multilingual clients
  • When to use an interpreter
  • Intersection of religion, customs and culture
  • Somatic language of distress
  • Cultural transference and counter transference
  • Exercise: Integrating somatic approaches
Interventions & Strategies for Specific Populations
  • Overview of historical trauma/Migration
  • Trauma in cultural context
    • ACE’s, sleep, vigilance and chronic illness
  • Medications: use and belief systems
  • Cultural examples of traditional practitioners & natural healers
  • Integrate and adapt mindfulness and DBT interventions
    • Explain mindfulness and breathing for Spanish speaking population
    • Religious populations
    • Mindfulness in prison video
  • Exercise: Values exercise: medications/traditional healing/spiritual healing


Leslie Korn, Ph.D., MPH, LMHC, is a renowned expert in two interrelated disciplines: Integrative Medicine and nutrition for mental health, and Cross Cultural Psychology and Counseling. Her humor, breadth of knowledge and style of presentation make her seminars exciting and practice-changing. She has over 40 years of experience as a clinician, educator and research scientist and has worked in urban and rural settings with diverse communities including Latino/a and Native communities. She lived and worked in the jungle of Mexico for over 25 years where she directed a public health clinic working alongside traditional healers and also had a successful private practice for 15 years in Boston where she intoduced somatic psychotherapy and yoga at Harvard Medical School in 1985.

Dr. Korn has a dual doctorate in Behavioral Medicine and Traditional (indigenous) Medicine, and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Korn also earned a Masters in cross-cultural health psychology from Lesley University where she taught for 20 years. She was a clinical fellow and instructor in psychology and religion at Harvard Medical School, the former clinical director of the New England school of Acupuncture, and Faculty at the National college of Naturopathic Medicine. She is an approved clinical supervisor, a licensed mental health counselor, and was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico and an NIH-funded scientist conducting research on massage and Polarity therapy. Dr. Korn is the author of Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: The Complete Guide to the Food Mood Connection, Eat Right Feel Right: 50 recipes and Tips to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention & Focus, Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body, The Multicultural Workbook, Preventing and Treating Diabetes Naturally, The Native Way, and the forthcoming The Good Mood Kitchen. Dr. Korn is core faculty and fieldwork supervisor in mental health counseling at Capella University and maintains an international clinical consulting and coaching practice for clinicians and their clients.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Leslie Korn is in clinical practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Leslie Korn has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
This seminar qualifies for 2.0 hours of General ethics and 4.25 hours of cultural competency instruction. No more than 6.25 total CE hours may be awarded for this activity. If ethics is not specified within your licensing board’s approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of ethics allowed.

This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Legal, Ethical and Professional Development skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

OREGON COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.

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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4.25 (Cultural Competency) and 2.0 (Ethics) continuing education clock hours for completing this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation. No more than 6.25 total CE hours may be awarded for this activity.

CALIFORNIA SOCIAL WORKERS/COUNSELORS/MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS/LICENSED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS: The State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences will recognize and accept continuing education programs that are sponsored by providers approved by the American Psychological Association and the ASWB. Full attendance at this course will qualify for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit.

This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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