Heterogeneity Within Diverse Populations

This one-day workshop is designed to provide foundational information about considerations when conducting an assessment of people from one of the three largest underrepresented populations in the U.S. (i.e., Hispanics, Blacks, and Asian Americans) and to highlight the heterogeneity within each group. The workshop is geared toward health practitioners who may be involved in assessing these populations in a number of different settings, and will specifically address neurocognitive testing. Each section will describe pertinent cultural facets that can impact performance on assessments and outline general strategies for optimizing the referral process, thereby enhancing participants’ abilities to critically consider cultural factors that might impact the interpretation of assessments of underserved patients. This event will be grounded in the idea of cultural humility, an ability to respectfully listen to the other with the intent of understanding their beliefs and behaviors in the context of their culture in order to better appreciate the cultural experiences that might impact a neurocognitive assessment and associated care.

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Utilize cultural humility as a foundation for working with patients from underserved populations.
2. Assess when to make culturally and linguistically appropriate referrals when working with diverse populations. 
3. Apply principles associated with cultural understanding and intersectionality to guide the assessment process, data interpretation, and clinical conceptualization. 
4. Describe cultural strengths, resources, and challenges in the context of formulating case conceptualizations and making recommendations.  
5. Discuss the integration of pertinent cultural facets when interpreting psychological assessments of diverse patients.

Target Audience
Health practitioners are the primary audience, including clinical psychologists, school psychologists, and neuropsychologists.

Instructional Level
Introductory to intermediate

Cost: $120 | 6 CE Credits
CE Information: You must attend the full event to get 6 CE credits. Partial credit will not be given.

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6/25/2021 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Friday, 25 June 2021

Welcome from NAN, ANA and SBN *All times listed are Eastern Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
6/25/2021 10:00 AM

This presentation seeks to dispel the myths of Black cultural homogeneity with the objective of helping to increase cultural competency among clinical practitioners who assess Black patients.  The presentation begins by outlining the differences between major groups within the Black population. The following segments will specifically discuss clinical and assessment factors important to consider for African American, African Immigrant, Black Caribbean, and Afro-Latinx populations. The impact of intersectionality and acculturation on evaluation measures and practices will also be explored. *All times listed are Eastern Time
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
6/25/2021 10:30 AM

While Hispanics and/or Latinos might share a common language, the fact that they represent almost 20 countries highlights the importance of recognizing and learning about possible variables that are driving the heterogeneity in this group of patients and understanding the possible implications for a mental health assessment. To add to this complexity, cross-generational differences have been well documented with regard to mental health outcomes that can impact cognition. To this end, this session will identify a series of meta-themes that can help guide practitioners when making decisions about appropriate referrals for a patient of Hispanic or Latino descent. The topics of migration patterns and possible impact on social determinants of health in the United States, including education, religion, and possible cultural practices that should be considered when conducting an assessment, will be discussed. *All times listed are Eastern Time
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
6/25/2021 12:45 PM

Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S and one of the most diverse in terms of country of origin and languages spoken. This presentation describes the heterogeneity of Asian-Americans with the goal of developing a nuanced understanding of Asian-American patients essential for guiding competent assessment with a focus on cognitive and intellectual assessments. The presentation opens with an introduction to Asian ethnicities, with a focus on differences between specific groups. Next, presentations on the two largest ethnicities, Asian Indians and Chinese-Americans, illustrate the heterogeneity within these subgroups. *All times listed are Eastern Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6/25/2021 3:00 PM

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