Aug 21 Webinar'Culturally Appropriate Strategies for Prevention-Based Work in Tribal Communities”

TO:          State Mental Health Commissioners/Directors

               NASMHPD Medical Directors Council

                 Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinators' Network 


FROM:      Robert W. Glover, Ph.D., Executive Director, NASMHPD


RE:           Webinar – “Culturally Appropriate Strategies for Prevention-Based Work in Tribal Communities”

                  August 21, 2013   3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET


Please join us for an informational webinar on “Culturally Appropriate Strategies for Prevention-Based Work in Tribal Communities.”



Ø  Spero M. Manson, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Psychiatry and Public Health, and Director, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado Denver

Ø  With an Opening Welcome by Beverly Cotton, RN, MSN, CPNP, SANE-A, SANE-P, Acting Director of Behavioral Health at Indian Health Services (IHS)


Description: Many American Indians and Alaska Natives live in social environments that pose substantial chronic stress and frequent exposure to trauma. It is no surprise, then, they are at high risk of emotional and psychological problems, often resulting in suicide, depression, post-traumatic stress, and alcohol abuse/dependence. Treatment is complicated by the lack of available care, poor access to services, and widespread stigma that severely restricts help-seeking and the receipt of much needed treatment. These circumstances place a premium on preventing mental illness before it occurs among members of this special population. The presentation describes recent successes in extending evidence-based practices for preventing depression, alcohol dependence, and suicide in a number of Native communities. Special attention is given to the lessons learned with respect to cultural factors that affect their successful translation into the everyday world of American Indian and Alaska Native people. The presentation concludes by underscoring the growing interest among tribal communities in promoting mental health, emphasizing the strengths and assets that abound.


Date/Time:  August 21, 2013, 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern Time


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Support for this Webinar is provided by the SAMHSA State TA Project