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CLAS A-Z: A Deeper Dive into Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services




Course Objective:

Gain the cultural knowledge, awareness, and attitudes needed to develop the skills and on-the job (organization culture) and therapeutic application. The training will increase the knowledge, understanding, self-awareness, and practice skills that enable a marriage and family therapist to serve clients from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Topics facilitate the understanding of clients' cultures and differences among and between cultural groups, and how to overcome those differences in adaptations and accommodations, personally, interpersonally, and procedurally.


What You Will Learn:

Recognition and modification: biases, cultural curiosity, stereotypes, values, beliefs, attitudes, perception, and social behaviors. Build skills and ability to communicate with and understand people of diverse language and cultural backgrounds. Application of knowledge, awareness, and skills to improve organizational environment to accommodate diversity.


May 10th | 9:30am-11:30am


Meet Your Presenters:

Jennifer Garrido Santos, M.A., LMFT, LICSW, MN State Approved Supervisor

    Jennifer holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University and a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is a therapist and clinical supervisor for Change Inc., providing school-based prevention, early intervention, and mental health services in urban schools.  

    As a Change Inc. Clinical Director, Jennifer offers and organizes mentorship, supervision, and professional development opportunities for therapists in thirty inner-city schools. She has worked in school-based mental health for the past 17+ years and has been supervising graduate and post-graduate interns for 12+ years. 


    Ana Lewis, M.A., LMFT, MN State Approved Supervisor

    Anais a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been working with young children, school-aged children, teens, and adults since 2012. Ana is bilingual in English and Spanish. Ana is trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Brainspotting, and DC-05 Early Childhood Intervention. She is also trained in play therapy.  

    Ana is very client-centered and solution-focused and feels that the client has the answers they need to get them through their problems but can help facilitate them in getting to those solutions faster. Ana is a Minnesota Board Approved Supervisor and has worked in this capacity supporting Masters-level therapists to licensure.


    Lisa Xiong, MA, LMFT, RPT

    Lisa Xiong is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is bilingual Hmong and English. She specializes in working with children, families, and female adults who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, challenges adjusting to life changes, multi-systemic relational issues, self esteem, and/or exploration of intersectional identity.

    She is a Registered Play Therapist and also has training and experience in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is an advocate for social justice and equity within the field of mental health and is a MN MFT/LPCC Board Approved Supervisor. She is a systemic and relational healer that takes a strength based, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive approach.

    She believes healing is self-paced and meets her clients where they are at. She also believes therapy can be fun and that a fun brain is a learning brain.

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