Cultural Humility Series, Part VIII: Social Responsibility in the Addiction Profession & Town Hall

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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Traditionally, cultural competence trainings have been used to convey information on cultural considerations and mitigate the harm that can be done to clients when there is a lack of cultural awareness. Today, cultural humility trainings must evolve to include self-awareness strategies that promote a better understanding of defensiveness, emotional reactivity, and social responsibility. Treatment providers must go beyond cultural competence and address the systemic biases and racist structures that exist in our society and impact addiction treatment. Cultural competence and antiracism must go hand-in-hand. This presentation will start with an exploration of cultural identity and the use of self in the therapeutic environment; examine triggering terms; look at the impact of systemic racism on SUD treatment; and provide concrete action steps for the addiction workforce.

The last hour of this presentation will include a virtual town hall open forum discussion with guest panelists Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, MAC, NCAC II, Gary Ferguson, II, BS, ND, and Pamela E. Alexander, MSA, MUP, to discuss recommended solutions and best practices for a more inclusive culturally aware addiction treatment workforce.

The town hall will immediately follow the webinar. No additional registration is required. The webinar and town hall are worth a total of 2 CEs.
Learning Objectives
  • Explore how owning one’s individual cultural identity shapes perceptions of normality, abnormality, and the counseling process.
  • Define critical terms that form a basis of a culturally competent and antiracist framework.
  • Explore the impact of systemic racism on SUD treatment providers.
  • Provide concrete actions steps for counselors and a clear definition of social responsibility for the addiction workforce.

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Samson Teklemariam, MA, LPC, CPTM, is the Director of Training and Professional Development for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. He is an accomplished leader with a history of driving organizational results with learning and development solutions. Known for implementing initiatives that support organizational priorities and produce measurable outcomes, Teklemariam has been a leader in the field of addiction treatment for over ten years. He is a certified lead trainer for Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA), Calm Every Storm: Crisis Prevention & Intervention, and experienced in treating trauma-related disorders using TFCBT, Seeking Safety, and Mapping Enhanced Counseling Techniques. Teklemariam previously worked for Phoenix House Foundation as the National Director of Learning & Development; in this role, he managed a training department covering 100+ programs in 12 states.

Jessica O’Brien, MA, LCSW, CASAC, CPTM, is the Training & Professional Development Content Manager at NAADAC. In this role, O’Brien is responsible for managing past, present, and future training content accessible to NAADAC members and the broader public. Prior to joining NAADAC, O’Brien worked for ten years at Phoenix Houses of New York & Long Island where she began as a social worker and was quickly promoted to Clinical Supervisor and Program Director. She has been dedicated to the addiction treatment field for over 12 years and has experience in a variety of settings, including: adolescent and adult outpatient, adolescent and adult intensive residential, school-based prevention, court-based services, stabilization, and recovery centers.

Additional Town Hall Panelists

Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, MAC, NCAC II, has over 30 years of experience in culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health treatment and prevention and is one of the most sought after national and international consultants and speakers on mental health and addiction. His areas of expertise are immigrant behavioral health and health disparities. Mancini founded Georgia’s only Latino behavioral health program in 1999 to serve the immigrant population by providing cultural and linguistically appropriate services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is an author, cultural competence consultant, and media expert. His book ¡Mental! In The Trump Era - Ten Inspirational Stories About Immigrants Overcoming Addiction, Depression and Anxiety in America is available in English and in Spanish on

Pamela E. Alexander, MSA, MUP, has had an incredible career in the human service field for 37 years. Her area of expertise has centered on substance use disorders, working with LGBTQ youth, families of color and juvenile justice and foster care youth. Alexander has held positions that included Deputy Director of the Ruth Ellis Center, a nationally recognized organization that focused on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ homeless and at-risk young people. In her earlier years, she was an interim director of a major methadone clinic in Detroit, Michigan. Alexander has been credentialed at the state, national, and international level in addiction treatment services and she is a former board member of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and a past President of the Michigan Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. She retired on June 30, 2020 and among her many awards throughout her career, she is most proud of being awarded the NALGAP Lifetime Achievement Award in July 2020.

Gary Ferguson, II, BS, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Healthy Communities Consultant living in Anchorage, Alaska. He is a facilitator, motivational speaker, health coach and technical consultant to communities and agencies around how to more deeply address contributing factors to health and well-being. Ferguson is Aleut/Unangax, originally from the Shumagin Islands community of Sand Point, Alaska. His past positions include providing clinical services to his home region at Eastern Aleutian Tribes, serving at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as Senior Director of Community Health Services and at the Rural Alaska Community Action Program as Chief Executive Officer.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. Live closed captioning is available and the captioning capabilities are in compliance with the practices defined in Worldwide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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