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Practicing Cultural Responsiveness in Mental Health Care

Practicing Cultural Responsiveness in Mental Health Care

May 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Many commonly used evidence-based therapies (EBTs) were developed from a white, Eurocentric perspective and validated with predominantly white samples. Very few minorities were included in the validation of various mental health treatments from 1986 to 2001, and few studies during this time examined if these treatments were effective for different racial and ethnic groups. The need for more inclusive and tailored mental health care is evident and urgent. Understanding culturally responsive care (CRC) is crucial. CRC is a philosophy rooted in a multicultural approach that accounts for how someone’s cultural background can dene and impact their experience. It is an important framework to help mental health care professionals ensure that they are providing the most effective possible treatment to a diverse range of clients. CRC can therefore lead to more effective treatment, creating higher-quality collaboration and a stronger client-provider relationship throughout treatment. As more people from communities of color seek mental health care, it is essential to offer access to providers who are culturally competent.


Dr. Milton Armston, Jr.

Community HealthNet

Dr. Milton Armston, Jr. is a passionate scholar-practitioner in the field of health psychology and clinical psychopharmacology. He divides his time between clinical practice, training doctoral-level students, management, and program development. Dr. Armston received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. He completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at Aurora Behavioral Health Services, Aurora Sinai Medical Center and St Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Armston obtained his post-doctoral Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2017 from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. His previous research position includes Research Assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and focused on HIV and Aging. Dr. Armston held a clinical position as Staff Psychologist at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois the largest specialty clinic for persons with HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in the Midwest. Dr. Armston became an expert in the field of HIV/AIDS Behavioral Health Care and made numerous television and radio appearances on the subject. He has served as Adjunct Faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Roosevelt University. His leadership roles have including Chief Clinical Officer and currently Director of Behavioral Health Services at Community HealthNet Health Centers in Gary, Indiana. Dr. Armston is recognized on the local, state, and national level as an expert in Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration and Assessing Social Determinants of Health Factors Impacting Patient Health Outcomes. Dr. Armston regularly provides workshops and seminars on Health and Wellness topics in the community.

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