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Being Culturally Informed: Translating Concepts to Action


This training was presented on February 1, 2023



*Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.


Intentional efforts to effectively consider cultural context and systemic oppression require a paradigm shift as some people are familiar with terms such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, yet may not know how to implement these terms in their personal and professional lives. This 1.5-hour webinar will focus on how to move from concepts to concrete actions and systemic change. Presenters will provide participants a way to analyze families at three stages of systemic change concerning cultural awareness, review key anti-oppression terms, and discuss how to translate terms into behaviors participants can incorporate into their work. Participants will leave with a toolkit to begin to make anti-oppression and multiculturally attuned practices a way of life.


Learners will:

  • Differentiate between 3 levels of action
  • Use a cultural lens to evaluate and assess their current work
  • Establish new culturally- informed practices


Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other family-serving organizations.



  • This is a webinar-style training. This means that you will not be on camera and will not be able to see other learners. This training will not include breakout rooms. Opportunities to interact with the presenter(s) and other participants will be included.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Dr. DeAnna Harris-McKoy is a licensed marriage and family therapist, AAMFT-approved supervisor, professor, researcher, and social justice advocate. She has over 10 years of clinical experience with diverse populations and disorders in a variety of clinical settings. She is currently an associate professor and marriage and family therapy program director at Northern Illinois University. She received two Bachelor of Science degrees from University of Maryland College Park in family studies and psychology, a master’s degree in family therapy from Drexel University, and a doctorate in marriage and family therapy from The Florida State University. She has presented research at various local, national, and international conferences concerning Black mental health, adolescents, and social justice within the field of marriage and family therapy. She is a former AAMFT Minority Fellow and currently the executive program consultant for the fellowship program. She has received multiple awards for her community service, social justice work, and leadership.







Dr. Taimyr Strachan-Louidor is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and currently serves as a staff clinician and Assistant Director of Communication & Outreach at Duke University Counseling & Psychological Services. She received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Valdosta State University, and a doctorate in couple and family therapy from the University of Iowa. Taimyr is a former AAMFT Minority Fellow and her research agenda includes increasing the representation and engagement of minorities utilizing mental health services, increasing the representation of minorities as mental health service providers, and increasing cultural competence and awareness in training and clinical settings.




CEO, Conscious Decisions Family Therapy Services

Associate Professor/ SMFT Program Director; Family and Consumer Sciences, Northern Illinois University





Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach
Counseling and Psychological Services, Duke University