2016 - Mental Health Cultural Competency Summit

Download the Program

Better Together - Culturally Mindful Practice 

December 15th & 16th  Fairmont Newport Beach

The 2016 UC Mental Health Cultural Competency Summit provided a space for mental health practitioners to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities in providing culturally mindful mental health treatment to diverse students. We shared cutting edge strategies, successes, challenges, pitfalls, and solutions in our pursuit towards excellence. Campus mental health leadership and staff (to include psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, primary care physicians, social workers, marriage and family therapists, case managers, administrators and all trainees) were highly encouraged to attend. 

The 2-day conference included: 

  • Engaging Keynote Speakers
  • Advanced clinical training in culturally responsive treatments  
  • Meaningful dialogue on hot topics
  • Creative Vendors
  • Networking & Collaboration
  • Wellness & Self-care

Keynote Speaker

photo of Dr. Kevin Nadal

A UC Irvine alum, Dr. Kevin Nadal is an award-winning scholar/activist who received his doctorate degree in counseling psychology from Columbia University. He is one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions on the mental and physical health of people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people; and other marginalized groups. As a self-proclaimed California-bred New Yorker, he once won an argument with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor"; he has been featured in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, PBS, History Channel, HGTV, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine, to name a few. He has published over 90 works on multicultural issues in the fields of psychology and education and is the author of five books including Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice (2011, John Wiley and Sons), and That's So Gay: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community (2013, APA Books). Currently, he is the Executive Director of the CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as an Associate Professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY.


  Schedule at a Glance - Thursday December 15th 

9:00 – 10:30


Bay Laurel Foyer

10:30 – 12:00

*Opening Session and Keynote Address

Bay Laurel Ballroom

12:00 – 12:50

Lunch & Vendor Fair — Network with colleagues over lunch and then visit with our vendors in the foyer to earn raffle money!

Bamboo Pavilion

12:50 – 2:40

Skill Building Workshops #1 - 5


We CAN Do It: Community-Specific Counseling across the UCs

Bay Laurel North


Building for Eternity: The Application of African Centered Concepts in Delivering Mental Health Services

Bay Laurel Central


Mindful Practice: Effective Strategies to Support Foster Youth on College Campuses

Bay Laurel South


Students Direct Change through filmmaking: mental health through the lens of culture

Executive Lounge


Transgender, Non-Binary and Genderqueer Clients


2:50 – 3:50

Panel Discussions #1 - 6


Cultural Competency From  A Student Activist Lens

Bay Laurel North


Introducing, The Steve Fund (TSF): The nation’s only organization focused on supporting the mental health of college students of color

Bay Laurel Central


Understanding the Basic Needs of Our Students: A Multi-Campus Discussion

Bay Laurel South


Developing Culturally-Appropriate Outreach and Counseling Services for Young African American Men

Executive Lounge


Immigration and Mental Health



Using Technology on College Campuses to Target Underserved Populations

Torrey Pine (2nd floor)

3:50 – 4:10

Break — Enjoy a light snack and visit with our vendors to earn wellness bucks for the raffle!

Bay Laurel Foyer

4:10 – 6:00

“Let’s Talk About it” Sessions # 1 - 5


Multiculturally Sensitive Administrative Practices for Clinical Service Delivery

Bay Laurel North


Transgender, NonBinary and Genderqueer Clients

Bay Laurel Central


Campus Community Practices with Asian Pacific Islander (API) Students

Bay Laurel South


Men, Eating Disorders and Culture

Executive Lounge


Cultural, Relational, and Institutional Trauma: The Intersections and Impact of Betrayal Trauma


6:00 – 7:30

Networking Reception — Mix, mingle, and make dinner plans with new friends over music, appetizers and a no-host bar. Bring your wellness bucks for a chance at one of several raffle prizes. Must be present to win!

Bamboo Pavilion


Dinner (on your own)

Schedule at a Glance - Friday December 16th   

6:30 – 7:30

Sunrise Run — Led by Turi Honegger

Hotel Lobby

7:00 – 8:00

Morning Yoga  & Meditation                                                Led by Melissa Cordero & Pauline Venieris


8:00 – 8:30

Mindful Meditation                                                               Led by Don Maurer, MD

Torrey Pine 1 (2nd floor)

7:30 – 9:00


Bamboo Pavilion

9:00 – 10:50

“Let’s Talk About it” Sessions #6 - 10


Promoting Mindfulness: Assessing Cultural Competence in Healthcare Delivery

Bay Laurel North


During Difficult Social Times: Support or Burnout?

Bay Laurel Central


Understanding the Under-addressed Needs of “Model Minority” Students

Bay Laurel South


Paws for Assistance: Discussion of Psychiatric Service and Emotional Support Animals

Executive Lounge


The Effect of Islamaphobia on Muslim Mental Health & the Intersectionality of Other Social Movements


10:50 – 11:10

Break — Do some light stretching, check your email, and visit with our vendors to earn a few more wellness bucks for the final raffle!

Bay Laurel Foyer

11:10 – 12:10

Panel Discussions #7 - 11


Keeping the Faith: Culturally Mindful Mentorship with Womyn of Color

Bay Laurel North


Best Practices for Working with Asian American, API, and Chinese International University Students: Risk Assessment, Intervention, and Management of Suicidal Concerns

Bay Laurel Central


Culturally Responsive Support for Undocumented Students

Bay Laurel South


Eating disorders in the LGBTQ population: Innovative strategies for student engagement

Executive Lounge


Trauma Focused Psychologists in the UC's: Looking at Emerging Best Practices in Behavioral Health Support For Survivors of IPV on College Campuses


12:10 – 1:00

Lunch & Vendor Fair — Network with colleagues over lunch and then visit with our vendors in the foyer for your last chance to earn raffle money for the final drawing!

Bamboo Pavilion

1:00 – 2:50

Skill Building Workshops # 6 - 9


We need to Talk: CBT as a culturally affirming campus staff tool for tackling difficult conversations

Bay Laurel North


The Student Activist in the Mirror: Reflections on Parallel Processes in Work Sustainability

Bay Laurel Central


Addressing hate speech on campus: What is its impact, and what can we do about it?

Bay Laurel South


Integrating Cultural Consideration in Clinical Supervision


3:00 – 4:00

Parting Ceremony & Drum Circle — Featuring the Umoja Ensemble of the Inland Empire

Enjoy light refreshments as we debrief, discuss next steps, give away our final raffle prizes, and come together through a shared experience of West African Music and Dance. You don’t want to miss this!

Bamboo Pavilion

Continuing Education 

Continuing education credits are available for all of our licensed mental health professionals. There is no additional fee for CE credits.

For Psychiatrists, Primary Care Physicians & Nurse Practitioners:

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

For Psychologists, LCSW's & LMFT's: 

Psychologists, LCSW's and LMFT's are eligible for up to 7 hours of continuing education.

The University of California, Irvine Counseling Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of California, Irvine Counseling Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For CE program descriptions, schedule and additional information please visit the University of California, Irvine Counseling Center’s website at http://www.counseling.uci.edu/training/mcep.html 

 uci counseling center logoapa logo