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Training Programs

Basic Pharmacology in Mental Health and Substance Use
This course, developed by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, is for frontline workers, care providers, case managers and clinicians working in mental health and substance use programs.

McGill Summer Program in Social & Cultural Psychiatry
The Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University offers  annual courses in Cultural Psychiatry and Working with Culture.

Online Educational Programs in Cultural Competence
The U.S. Office of Minority health provides a set of training courses in cultural competence. The set of courses is designed to integrate knowledge, attitudes and skills related to cultural competence in order to lessen racial and ethnic care disparities.

Refugees and Global Health e-Learning Program
Developed by the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health, this e-learning program addresses professionals from various backgrounds: clinicians, advocates, scholars, administrators, and others. 8 learning modules provide essential information on health issues in immigrants and refugees in slides, videos, references, and links to external resources.

A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care
Information compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on the delivery of culturally competent care with links to self-directed training courses for health-care professionals interested in cultural competency in the provision of care; with CME/CE credits.

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training is an online training program to enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work directly or indirectly with Indigenous people. The goal of the ICS training is to develop understanding and promote positive partnerships between service providers and Indigenous people. Skilled facilitators guide and support each learner through interactive course materials. The course participants examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Participants will learn about terminology; diversity; aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools, Indian Hospitals, and a time line of historical events. ICS training programs are offered in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario.

The Cross-Cultural Health Care Program (US)
The Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) is a nonprofit training and consulting organization in Seattle, Washington. Their mission is to serve as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to advance access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. The program offers a medical interpreter training program, Bridging the Gapand trains professionals internationally. The program’s goal is to train healthcare and other professionals to be more culturally competent in their approach to service delivery.

Training in Cultural Psychiatry
This bibliography resource is from the Nathan Kline Institute (NKI) Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health. The website includes other relevant resources such as detailed cultural group mental health literature reviews that identify the specific concerns and issues for different cultural groups living in the US, as well as  maps and data tables of cultural and religious groups in NYS, organized by county.