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Culturally Relevant Engagement Interviewing

Program Date & Time:
September 30, 2021 | 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Webinar
Registration Fee:
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Additional Details
Instructional Hours:
Registration Deadline:
9/29/21 3:00 PM
Cancellation Deadline:
9/29/21 3:00 PM
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This session will provide an overview of a single session intervention using tools from motivational interviewing, ethnographic interviewing, and psychoeducation that was developed to increase engagement and participation in mental health services in populations where utilization and completion of services has traditionally been low. This intervention was designed to be culturally relevant and safe for clients from any cultural background. The aim of the intervention is to help the client and clinician partner to address barriers and concerns the client may have related to entering treatment for psychiatric illnesses. This intervention has been tested in diverse populations of pregnant women, pregnant adolescents, and older adults presenting with mood, anxiety and trauma related disorders. It has been shown to increase initial engagement as well as retention and completion of brief mental health services.

Keywords: Engagement Interviewing


At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and utilize techniques of ethnographic interviewing, motivational interviewing and psychoeducation that are helpful in engaging clients from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Apply the techniques of the intervention to partner with and increase client’s engagement and retention in mental health services.
  • Identify how cultural stereotyping can create barriers to engagement and retention of clients in mental health services.
  • Recall, identify and address practical, psychological, and cultural barriers to care for individual clients.
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Credits Available
  • Social Workers
    SC Board of Social Work Examiners
    Credit Statement
    This program is approved for 4.0 social work hours of continuing education by Pee Dee AHEC, a part of the South Carolina AHEC system, as defined by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • Registered Nurses
    SC Nurses Association
    Credit Statement

    Pee Dee Area Health Education Center as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 4.0 contact hours.

  • Counselors & Therapists
    SC Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors
    Credit Statement
    This program is approved for 4 hours of continuing education by Pee Dee AHEC, a division of SC AHEC, under its accreditation by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. {Provider number is #65}
  • All participants
    Area Health Education Consortium
    Credit Statement
    This program is approved for 0.4 CEU's (4.0 clock hours) by Pee Dee AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice standards. 
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