America On Fire – Contemporary Cultural Issues Nationally & Locally

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9:00 am
Nov 5
4:00 pm

What responsibilities do we as mental health practitioners have in today’s divisive cultural climate? How do we navigate some of the explosive cultural wars that are occurring nationally and locally? More importantly, how can we help our clients navigate a cultural landscape that is often experienced as divisive and painful? This course will revisit and update ethical concepts, terms, and practices that can help us weather the storms, remain connected, and skillfully interact with others outside of our cultural comfort zones. (6 CEUs)


Workshop Instructors
Jennifer Padilla LMSW
Jennifer is from the Pueblo of Isleta and has a BA in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) and an MA in Social Work from New Mexico State University. She has extensive experience in working with Native communities in the areas of behavioral health prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare. Jennifer uses elements of Somatic Experiencing (SE™) to approach addiction, violence and trauma when working with individuals, families and communities. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses for NMHU’s School of Social Work. Jennifer is also a small business development strategist with a passion for bridging the gap between business development and human behavior.
Brian Serna LPCC LADAC
Brian Serna, LPCC, LADAC is the CEO/Founder of Serna Solutions and is a well sought after trainer and consultant in behavioral health issues related to Evidence Based Practices, Cultural Considerations and Ethical Issues. He has a BA in Psychology from New Mexico State University and an MA in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Serna has trained and consulted with programs in over twenty different states, five different countries, and sixteen different tribal communities. In addition to his role as the CEO of Serna Solutions he is also the Director of the Addictions, Abuse and Recovery Certificate at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM is the current President of NAADAC New Mexico and has been appointed to serve on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Council on Racial Justice in the Health Subcommittee.

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