Conference: Bridge the Cultural Divide

Cultural Divide

“Bridging the Cultural Divide ~ Understanding the Barriers
Experienced by Diverse Populations”
April 18, 2015

This conference will identify cultural disparities that represent obstacles to obtaining mental health services and focus on cultural competency as a bridge to therapeutic success. Dr. Cheryl Grills will inspire participants with an enlightening keynote on why culture matters. Through its keynote address, breakout sessions, and concluding panel discussion, this program strives to transform participants’ cultural experiences into a collective platform for mental health equity among urban communities in Los Angeles. Register today to discover, understand, and mend the cultural divide in mental health service delivery.


  • 8:45 – 9:20 AM
    Registration & Continental Breakfast

  • 9:20 AM
    Brittney Weissman, Executive Director, NAMI LACC
    Claudia Rojas, Principal-CHAS, Hawkins High School
  • 9:30 AM
    Opening Remarks
    Dr. Marv Southard, Director, LA County Department of Mental Health
    LA Care Health Plan
  • 9:45 – 10:45 AM
    Introduction of Keynote by NULA Board Member
    Keynote Address: Promoting Mental Health and Wellness: Culture Matters”
    > Cheryl Grills, Ph.D., Director,
    > Psychology Applied Research Center (PARC)
    > Loyola Marymount University
  • 10:45 – 11 AM
  • 11 AM – 12:15 PM
    Breakout Sessions
    > African-American Experience
    > Asian/Pacific Islander Experience
    > Latino Experience
    > LGBTQ Experience
    > Transitional Aged Youth Experience
    > Professional Competency Training (licensed only) – Session Pending
  • 12:15 – 1:10 PM
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:15 – 2:15 PM
    Panel Discussion
    “From Discussion to Results: A Policy Approach to Systemic Change”
    > Ontson Placide, MA. LMFT, Star View Children and Family Services
    > Emily Wu Truong, Chair, Asian Coalition
    > Claudia Rojas, Principal, Community Health Advocates School, Hawkins High School
    > Donta Morrison, Aids Program Los Angeles
  • 2:15 – 2:20 PM
    Raffle Presentation
    Harold Turner
  • 2:20 – 2:30 PM
    Closing Remarks
    Madelaine Cobb-Brown

Exhibitor Tables Available

Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and LA Care Health Plan

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