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Cultivating Cultural Humility in Practice: A critical self-reflection journey

November 2, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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This training counts toward the MA PGS Certificate Clinical Core Competency Coursework

Embark on this self-evaluation and self-critique journey with us. This training is an introduction to people who want to learn some tools on being more culturally humble and responsive by examining their own biases, beliefs, and cultural identities. We will explore together how providers can begin to work towards consciously demonstrating cultural humility in their client interactions to best support people experiencing problem gambling and co-occurring disorders.

Please note that this training will repeat in June 2024, which will include the same educational content. Please be aware that repeat trainings/CE credits are not accepted toward the MA PGS certification. 

Number of CE(s): 2

Instructional Level: Introductory 

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of cultural humility, bias, and stigma. 
  • Learn how to utilize the Cultural Formulation tool.
  • Learn tools to help participants examine their own bias, critically self-reflect, and gain more self-knowledge.
  • Learn the principles of demonstrating cultural humility in problem gambling treatment.


  • Introduction to Cultural Humility 
  • Cultural Humility Identity Activity 
  • Implicit Bias
  • Cultural Formulation, Including Case Study
  • Stigma
  • Closing Thoughts and Discussion on Actions to Take After Completing This Training 


Instructor Bios: 

Instructor #1: Seth McCullock, PhD is a Research & Evaluation Scientist at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. He joined the Division in September of 2022. His primary research interest is in understanding how to effectively design health promotion messages to influence human behavior, especially in the contexts of health stigma and misinformation. He received his PhD in Communication from Purdue University in 2022. At the Division, Dr. McCullock contributes to writing for the Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS) research blog and is currently involved with several ongoing research projects. These projects relate to understanding responsible drinking behaviors, assessing a mental health screening tool, and conducting community education, engagement, and outreach efforts. His research has appeared in several journals including Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Communication Studies, Journal of American College Health, and Health Promotion Practice. Dr. McCullock has presented his research at regional, national, and international conferences and has received several top paper awards for his research.

Instructor #2: Deborah Rodriguez, LICSW. Ms. Rodriguez is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 16 years of experience working with at-risk populations and co-occurring disorders in the Greater Springfield area. She is a doctoral candidate from Simmons University in Boston and earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Her varied professional experience with behavioral health ranges from community mental health services and advocacy to extensive relationship-building with community members and leaders. Ms. Rodriguez is an adjunct professor for Our Lady of Elms Social Work Program, and is providing direct care through her private practice Faros Counseling.

Instructor #3: Elizabeth Bice, BA; Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Center for Problem Gambling Treatment and Program Coordinator at Health Resources in Action. Ms. Bice has developed and facilitated online training on a variety of topics pertaining to Gambling Disorder (including promoting problem gambling services and Gambling Disorder treatment best practices) for Massachusetts social workers, mental health and addiction specialists, and healthcare specialists.


Approval Statements:

  • American Psychological Association (APA) – The Division on Addiction is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Division on Addiction maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 2 continuing education credits.
  • National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) –  The Division on Addiction is a NAADAC Approved Distance Learning Provider (provider number 84058). Application for this specific program has been submitted. Please contact us at hgray@cha.harvard.edu for the status of application.
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at hgray@cha.harvard.edu.edu for the status of social work CE accreditation.
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) – The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Center for Problem Gambling Treatment is authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to sponsor, conduct or approve continuing education programs for alcohol and drug counselors/assistants (LADCs). This program offers 2 continuing education credits.

Funding Statement: The Division on Addiction and Health Resources in Action collaborated to produce this M-TAC training/course, which is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Problem Gambling Services. The instructors have no financial interests that might create a conflict of interest in the development or delivery of this training. Click here to access our full list of our funders and conflict of interest/grievance policies and procedures. 


November 2, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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