2019 CRF conference:

“Cultural competency: Integrating cultural considerations into evidence-based models and community practice”

June 27, 2019 | Keynote slides (PDF)

“Cultural competence” is becoming one of the most important topics in mental health practice. There is a rapidly growing awareness that effective care must be tailored to the cultural backgrounds of the families we serve.  

However, it remains difficult to know where to begin. Many practitioners struggle to balance the benefits of following evidence-based practices with the importance of culturally tailoring our work. 

To explore this important question, Ambit Network and the Center for Resilient Families at the University of Minnesota hosted a half-day conference on June 27, 2019, that brought bring together leading voices on the topic from around the state and nation. 


  • Keynote: Dr. Ruben Parra-Cardona, Developer of CAPAS, an adapted version of the Parent Management Training-Oregon Model tailored specifically to Latinx families Slides (PDF)
  • Opening remarks: Rep. Mohamud Noor, District 60B
  • Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota
  • Cynthia Fashaw, Director of Multicultural Outreach & Children’s Programs, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota
  • Johara Mohammed, Marriage and Family Practitioner
  • Sonya Smith, Cultural and Linguistics Competence Lead, Minnesota Department of Human Services