Cultural Competency Training for UW System Health and Counseling Professionals

January 12, 2021

At the recommendation of a Systemwide behavioral health workgroup--and with support from former UW System President Ray Cross, current President Tommy Thompson, and the Board of Regents--UW System received approval to offer annual professional development opportunities for practitioners serving the mental/behavioral health needs of the diverse range of students on our campuses. The purpose of these opportunities is to increase strategies, skills, and overall competencies to better serve the needs and challenges of specific subgroups of students. This first training session will focus on cultural competency to better meet the needs of under-represented students of color. 

Intended Audience

This activity was designed by and for psychologists, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, primary care physicians, nurses, health education professionals, public health professionals, and administrative staff in university health and counseling centers. 

Learning Objectives

By participating in this activity learners will be able to: 

  • Identify aspects of their own racial identity and its impacts on providing mental health services and programming to a culturally diverse student population.
  • Identify specific racial/cultural influences on the mental health of students.
  • Develop communication strategies for improving the treatment environment to better support students of color.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 6.50 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 6.50 APA CE Credits
  • 6.50 ACE Credits
  • 6.50 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
    • 6.50 Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
01/12/2021 - 8:30am CST
Event ends: 
01/12/2021 - 4:30pm CST

Cultural Competency Training for Health/Mental Health Providers
1/12/2021, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

8:30 a.m.

Keynote: Applying Social Justice Principles to Support the Mental Health of Students of Color

-Elizabeth González, MSW, LMSW, CYT; Founder, Therapist, & Clinical Supervisor at Amplify Colectivo; The Steve Fund Expert


In this training, medical and mental health professionals and administrative staff will learn about five social justice principles and will apply the principle of ongoing self-examination. Participants will reflect on their experiences, values, and social identities in an effort to understand implicit bias and how this impacts their work with students of color. Participants will be guided from self-examination to race consciousness in order to engage in anti-racist work. Participants will engage in dialogue about the connection between self-examination and race consciousness in order to support the mental health of students of color.

Session objectives. By participating in this session learners will be able to: 
1. Identify 5 social justice principles
2. Explore and identify personal values in the context of social identity
3. Describe how one's own positionality impacts one's work with students of color
4. Formulate ideas and actions on how to increase one's race consciousness

10:30 a.m.BREAK
10:45 a.m.

What’s White? Understanding Diversity, Justice, and the Power of Stories for Mental Health Professionals

-Art Munin, Ph.D., Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, UW-Oshkosh


One of the many difficulties surrounding racial discourse is the power structure’s ability to shift and skew the dialogue.  Knowledge of where we have been and how the concepts of race and Whiteness have shifted over time is paramount for mental health professionals to adequately care and advocate for college students.  This session will explore how historical shifts and the power of stories influence the necessary knowledge base and skillset mental health professionals must possess to serve all students in higher education.

Session objectives. By participating in this session learners will be able to: 
1. Identify multicultural knowledge and skills a mental health professional must possess in caring and advocating for college students
2. Cite tangible examples of how present-day social justice struggles in higher education impact college students' wellness
3. Detail examples of how higher education both supports and seeks to subvert hierarchy and power structures

12:15 p.m.LUNCH BREAK
1:15 p.m.

Eliminating Blind Spots: Working Toward an Antiracist Practice and Community

-LaVar J. Charleston, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Clinical Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, UW-Madison School of Education


As University of Wisconsin System employees, our mission demands that we focus on critical issues of racial and social justice, especially in light of the current climate within our society. To do this, we must share knowledge and facilitate conversations that will equip UW System and our wider educational community to be laser-focused on equity in our education and health policies, practices, counseling, curriculum, teaching, and learning. In order to progress beyond conversation and towards real change and accountability, we must eliminate our blind spots as it relates to race and racism. It is easy to avoid talking about this subject due to unfamiliarity, fear of conflict, fear of misspeaking, sounding or appearing racist, and/or unintentionally causing harm that is often times irreparable for our communities. At the same time, many of us feel that we are “not racist.” But is being “not racist” enough? This interactive capacity building event will explore what it means to be antiracist and provide practical strategies for enacting antiracist leadership and practices in our working and learning environments.

Session objectives. By participating in this session learners will be able to: 
1. Build on our understanding of racism, racial prejudice and bias, and examine how these constructs can impact our work
2. Deepen participants' antiracism practices by analyzing the difference between being not-racist and antiracist
3. Create and utilize specific strategies aimed at reducing racial prejudices and racism through the identification and elimination of blind spots within ourselves and the care team

2:45 p.m.BREAK
3:00 p.m. 

Transforming Spaces to Reflect the Indigenous Student Experience

-Sasānēhsaeh Jennings, Ph.D., Native American Student Success Coordinator, UW-System Office of Student Success


The presenter will offer insight as to how institutional spaces has and continues to be used as a tool for colonization, using anecdotal insight from current Native students. She will also provide ways to transform spaces to be more reflective of the Native student experience.

Session objectives. By participating in this session learners will be able to: 
1. Identify how colonization has shaped institutional spaces and practices
2. Illustrate how you can transform your institutional spaces and practices to better reflect Indigenous student experience

4:30 p.m.ADJOURN


This activity will be held online via Zoom. Session links will be provided to you via email prior to the start of the activity. 


It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CE activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s).

For this accredited continuing education activity all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated and detailed disclosures are listed below.

Additional Disclosures: 

NameRoleFinancial Relationship Disclosures Discussion of Unlabeled/Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices in Presentation?
John Achter  Course DirectorNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
Randy Barker PlannerNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
Lori BokowyPlannerNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
LaVar CharlestonFacultyNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
Elizabeth GonzálezFacultyNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
Erin Hall-RhoadesPlannerAmWell (Employment); No relevant relationships to discloseNo 
Sasānēhsaeh JenningsFacultyNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
Michelle KlechefskiPlannerNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
Teresa MillerPlannerNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
Anne MinssenPlannerNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
Art MuninFacultyNo relevant relationships to discloseNo
Sarah NolanFacultyNo relevant relationships to discloseNo

* The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.

Discloser List CME Internal Report

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) and the University of Wisconsin System Office of Student Success. The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live online activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live online activity for a maximum of 6.50 ANCC contact hours. The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350.

ACE Designation Statement:

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 6.50 live continuing education credits.

American Psychological Association
Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 0.65 CEUs or 6.5 hours.


Available Credit

  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 6.50 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 6.50 APA CE Credits
  • 6.50 ACE Credits
  • 6.50 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
    • 6.50 Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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UW System attendees: please register using your UW System school email. 

Conference Fees

This activity is offered free of charge. 


Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to prior to the start of the activity. 




Emergency situations occasionally occur and may necessitate topic or speaker changes. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP reserve the right to alter or substitute a topic or speaker without prior notification.


For additional questions about the conference, please contact:

John Achter 

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Required Hardware/software

This meeting will be held via Zoom. Please visit Zoom Support for helpful tutorials regarding the use of Zoom.