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Cultural Competencies Within the Child Welfare System

April 28, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Cultural Competencies Within the Child Welfare System

Presented by Dr. Nadia Rojas Jones

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

10-11AM PST / 12-1PM CST / 1-2PM EST

Event held online via Zoom. Link to access will be provided upon registration.

When attended in full, this program offer 1.0 BBS California CEUS for Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Workshop Description:

Understanding how culture relates to the children we treat through the welfare system is highly important. New terminology on culture continues to come up as treatment and research grows. Then, being culturally responsive, humble, and curious about the diversity of the children in the system and their families there is the therapeutic treatment for it. Children in the welfare system are already a high risk and vulnerable population hence, understanding their background and including those considerations into their treatment can help not just build better rapport but connect them with appropriate resources.

This workshop will attempt to cover the difference between cultural competence and cultural humility in the welfare system and to briefly talk about the 4 components of cultural appropriateness when working with families in the system.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

Define cultural humility and how it is shown in the welfare system when working with children.

List at least 2 components of cultural appropriateness when working with children in the welfare system.

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 2: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Biography of Presenter Dr. Nadia Rojas Jones:

Dr. Jones is Core Faculty of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at TCSPP in Los Angeles as well as the Associate Director of Community Partnerships. Dr. Jones was a lecturer at California State University Northridge and California State University Dominguez Hills.  Dr. Jones is a bilingual (Spanish) therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor working in community mental health settings and private practice. Dr. Jones has worked with LA county contracted agencies such as Counseling 4 Kids, Didi Hirsch and The Help Group.  Dr. Jones has her Bachelors and License as a Psychologist from Peru, her Masters in MFT from Argosy University and her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology also from Argosy University.  

Dr. Jones has extensive experience in counseling children, adolescents and families, since her internship years in 2001.  She started working with kindergarten children in the educational psychology field in 2002 and fell in love with the population.  Dr. Jones continued working with children, families and couples in Peru, and then in the U.S. when she moved here in 2005.  In the U.S. she did her internship on a free community mental health clinic, and subsequently joined a DMH contracted agency to focus on the Latino community and other minorities.  Her love for service learning and the community at large led her to work as an Associate Director of Community Partnerships. 

Dr. Jones has training and experience in a wide range of modalities of theoretical and evidence-based practice modalities including CBT, Solution Focused, Family Systems, Trauma Focused CBT, Triple-P, Psychodynamics, Play Therapy, Peri and Post Natal Mood Disorders and Cultural Diversity.  Her experience in clinical work with a variety of populations allows her to provide real life case examples to students and to enhance their counseling skills for the jobs they will face in their future.  

Dr. Jones’ research focuses on The Positive Parenting Program, trauma, child and adolescent disorders, mom and child relational issues, family therapy and cultural issues.  

Workshop Schedule:

10:00am PST – Program Begin

11:00am PST – Program Ends

Registration and Fees:

This program is provided free of charge through generous grant funding. Space may be limited.


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Bugarner, E., Hofer, K., Lopez, M., Taylor, D., & Vega, C. (2017). 7 Components for Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations. National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families.

Casa for Children (2018). The Importance of Cultural Competence. Retrieved from https://casaforchildren.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/the-importance-of-cultural-competence/

Foronda, C., Baptiste, D. L., Reinholdt, M. M., & Ousman, K. (2016). Cultural humility: A concept analysis. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 27(3), 210–217.

LaLiberte, Crudo, & Skallet (2015). CW360, Winter. Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practices. Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/cultural/overview/#humility

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2019). Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practices. Department of Health and Human Services. National Welfare Workforce Institute. Retrieved from https://ncwwi.org/files/Evidence_Based_and_Trauma-Informed_Practice/EBP_in_CW_-_Implication_for_Research__Ed.pdf


Target Audience: All mental health professionals. Faculty in higher education. Graduate students welcome.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


April 28, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT