Hosted by the National Family Support Technical Assistance Center, “Office Hours” are a virtual learning space where executive directors, emerging executive directors, and family managers meet with a subject matter expert. They allow for in-depth conversations about topics important to individuals working in family mental health and substance use support fields providing the opportunity to ask questions, share resources, and discuss challenges and successes in their field work. The goal is to receive information that can help you improve and develop new skills. A unique topic, driven by participants, will be offered each month.
Office Hours are hosted on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 3:00 – 4:00pm ET:
Description: In March, our Office Hour will focus on how leadership can develop and enhance cultural mindfulness for their organizations, their staff, and the families they support by offering individualized programming, using best practices, and weaving this concept into their mission.
We will hear from Myriam Monsalve-Serna, LMFT, Founder and President of the Center for Community Learning, Inc., about the cultural and linguistic competence training she offers family-run organizations. Ms. Monsalve-Serna will explain why it’s important for family-run organizations to provide such training and give us a taste of the skills and practices that culturally mindful organizations use in supporting family mental health and substance use challenges.
Paul Cornils, Executive Director of Alaska Youth & Family Network, will discuss why it’s necessary to use culturally mindful practices with families and share how he encourages his staff to do so. Mr. Cornils will also share how and why his organization provides specialized support to Alaska Native families.
Be able to define the term “cultural mindfulness” in relation to the Family Peer Workforce
Please note that this event is intended for executive directors, emerging executive directors, and family leaders.
MYRIAM MONSALVE-SERNA, Founder and President, Center for Community Learning, Inc.
Myriam Monsalve-Serna is the Founder and President of the Center for Community Learning, Inc. Where she provides leadership in the planning, implementation and evaluation of grants and contracts, ongoing technical support to local and national organizations, and serves as a consultant in the field of cultural and linguistic competence and related fields. Myriam co-leads the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health with the University of South Florida, Children and Family Services. She also assures that the values and principles of the System of Care are implemented within a framework of cultural and linguistic competence under the One Community Partnership and serves in a key decision-making role within the South Florida System of Care through the South Florida Behavioral Health Network, FACES where she is the Coordinator of Cultural & Linguistic Competency.
PAUL CORNILS, Executive Director, Alaska Youth & Family Network
Paul Cornils is the Executive Director of the Alaska Youth & Family Network, a peer-run behavioral health agency that provides peer-to-peer support, advocacy, systems navigation, and education to parents, children, youth and young adults.
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