Lessons from the Field Workshop Focusing on the Intersection of Culture and Children's Mental Health Scheduled to Broadcast Live on the U of M, Crookston Campus on Wed., Feb. 17, 2010, beginning at 9 a.m. in Bede Ballroom; Preregistration required

The Center for Excellence in Children's Mental Health and Harris Programs of the University of Minnesota are partnering to sponsor a series on culture in the context of children's mental health.  A workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, in Coffman Union Theater on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis Campus. It will be broadcast live to over 25 sites in greater Minnesota including the Crookston campus. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center on the Crookston Campus.

Pre-registration is required and can be completed by visiting www.cmh.umn.edu and clicking on Lessons from the Field.  The workshop on the Crookston campus is being co-sponsored by the U of M, Crookston and Northwest Mental Health. Refreshments will be served.

The combined series features three Lessons from the Field workshops as well as the annual spring Harris Forum.  The second workshop in the series Race, Culture, and Children's Mental Health focuses on the intersection of culture and children's mental health in working with immigrant and refugee families.  Faculty and community professionals will share their expertise through demonstration vignettes, role-play, panel discussion and questions & answer sessions with the audience. The workshop will be framed in the context of overall guiding principles that emphasize both the similarities and differences in working with diverse cultures/populations with an emphasis on application in practice.

Included in the workshop are presenter/moderator Michael Goh, Ph.D., from Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology at the University of Minnesota and panelists Mary Jo Avendaño, PsyD, DHS, Children's Mental Health Division; Daud Hussein, Somali Family and Youth Service; David McGraw Schuchman, MSW, LICSW, VOA, Immigrant and Refugee Behavioral Health; Kathryn McGraw Schuchman, MA, LP, Fraser Child and Family Center; and Youa Yang, MSW, LICSW, Wilder Southeast Asian Services.

Additional workshops in the series include one scheduled for March 18, 2010,featuring Brenda Jones Harden from the University of Maryland. The topic is Promoting Child Well-being and Early Intervention within a Cultural Context; and another on May 12, 2010, featuring Alicia Lieberman from the University of California on the topic Child-Parent Psychotherapy in a Cultural Context: Repairing the Effects of Trauma on Early Attachment.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Colleen MacRae, Northwest Mental Health, 218-281-3940; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)