Addressing Indiana's Mental Health in Urban and Rural Populations

An exciting  and timely monthly series of webinars focusing on Indiana's mental health issues in rural and urban populations. 

Culturally Competent Mental Health Care 2015-2016

Applicable to any healthcare professional, students, community leaders, policy makers, and administrators, each webinar will feature expert speakers on various mental health issues specific to Indiana's populations. 

Webinars in this series qualify for Category I CEU (continuing education units) for Social Workers, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapy Associates, Mental Health Counselors, Mental Health Counselor Associates, Addiction Counselors, and Clinical Addiction Counselors  as outlined by the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. 

Webinar Attendee Tips
  1. Be sure to use a headset or earbuds and test your sound before the webinar begins. 
  2. Use wired (not WiFi) Internet to connect to the webinar. 
Webinar Titles/Topics
Webinar Title/Topic Webinar Recordings Original Recording Date Speaker(s)

Read about "Understanding and Eliminating Mental Health Disparities in Underserved Populations: Empowering Providers to Take Responsibility for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)"

Access "Understanding and Eliminating Mental Health Disparities in Underserved Populations" webinar

Please note that this webinar discusses the professional certificate, which was offered in 2015-2016. This certificate is no longer available.
July 14, 2015 Danielle Perkins, PhD, RN
and Sue Lindsey, BSN, RN-BC, OCN

Read about "Using Health Literacy to Help Others Understand"

Access "Using Health Literacy" webinar August 11, 2015 Sue Lindsey, BSN, RN-BC, OCN

Read about "Latino Youth Mental Health"

Access "Latino Youth Mental Health" webinar

September 8, 2015

Silvia Bigatti, PhD

Read about "Amish Cultural Case Study"

Access "Amish Cultural Case Study" webinar October 27, 2015 James Cates, PhD, ABPP

Read about "Cultural Assessment"

Access Cultural Assessment Webinar November 4, 2015 Danielle Perkins, PhD, RN

Read about "African-American Adolescent Depression"

Access "African-American Adolescent Depression" webinar December 9, 2015 Halima Al-Khattab, PhD(c), RN

Read about "Cultural Responsiveness and Professional Issues in Rural Practice"

Access "Cultural Responsiveness" webinar January 25, 2016 Barbara Pierce, PhD, LCSW

Read about "Unseen & Unheard: Understanding and Serving the LGBTQ Community"

Access "Unseen & Unheard" webinar February 22, 2016 Shamont Hussey, MSW

Read about "Prison Culture & the Impacts to Mental Health & Addiction During Reentry Among Young Urban African American Men"

Access "Prison Culture" webinar March 28, 2016 Danielle Perkins, PhD, RN

Read about "Muslim Culture and Mental Health"

Access "Muslim Culture" webinar April 19, 2016 Muhammad Abdul Saahir

Read about "Effective Communication at the End of Life"

NOTE: This webinar requires that you view 2 programs BEFORE viewing the webinar recording. The webinar itself will focus on a discussion of the issues presented in these videos.

  1. Atul Gawande's video "Being Mortal" contains actual patients and their families and may be difficult for some to view.

    This FRONTLINE documentary follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande's book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors—himself included—are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited, and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. (run time: 54:11).

    Access the "Being Mortal" documentary

  2. The Indiana POST Program is a new advance care planning tool that helps ensure treatment preferences are honored. It is designed for patients with serious illness. Preferences for life sustaining treatments including resuscitation, medical interventions (e.g., comfort care, hospitalization, intubation, and mechanical ventilation), antibiotics, and artificial nutrition are documented as medical orders on the POST form. It must be reviewed and signed by a physician to be activated. This form transfers throughout the health care system and the orders are valid in all settings. (running time: 9:25).

    Access the "Indiana POST Form in Action" planning tool video


Access "Effective Communication at the End of Life" webinar May 26, 2016 Joy Howard, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC; Shilpee Sinha, MD, FACP

Read about "Culture & Communication: The Promise of Shared Decision-Making to Improve Patient-Provider Communication Among Minority Patients"

Access "Culture & Communication" webinar June 23, 2016 Johanne Eliacin, PhD, HSPP

This activity was jointly provided by Indiana University School of Nursing, Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning and the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction. 

  • Resources

    Cespedes, Y. M., & Huey, S. J. (2008). Depression in Latino adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14(2), 168-172.

    Kline, M. V., & Huff, R. M. (2007). Health promotion in multicultural populations: A handbook for practitioners and students (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

    Galanti, G. (2015). Caring for patient from different cultures (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.


    Dr. Silvia Bigatti, Fairbanks School of Public Health @ IUPUI, 714 N. Senate Ave., Suite 214, Indianapolis, IN 46202. 317-274-6754. sbigatti@iupui.edu  (Latino Youth Mental Health)

    Dr. Danielle Perkins, Indiana University School of Nursing @ IUPUI, 1111 Middle Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46202. 317-278-2010. daniperk@iu.edu  (Offender Mental Health & Reentry)