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Working with Asian American Families: A Strengths-Based Approach

This training was presented on
September 20, 2023





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The training will provide a broad overview of Asian American families and examine the strengths and stressors that affect family well-being. Using the family strength wheel, we will also discuss tips and suggestions for capitalizing on Asian American strengths to promote resiliency and positive outcomes in the face of adversity.


Learners will:

  • Understand the complex context in which Asian American families live.
  • Examine the family strengths model and how it applies to Asian American families.
  • Identify strategies that promote resiliency and positive outcomes when working with Asian American families.


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



  • This is an interactive training. Please be prepared to participate in activities such as group discussion, break out rooms, and/or demonstration. Your training experience will be best with the use of a web cam, audio, and a training environment conducive to active participation.
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Yan Ruth Xia, Ph.D. & CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator), is a Professor in Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been doing research to better understand adolescents in Chinese and Asian American families. Specifically, her research has focused on the parent-child relationship, communication, parenting, and adolescent mental health indicators such as positive self-image, distress, and depression. Nearly 30 years of experience studying Chinese and Asian American families helped her develop a culturally sensitive and responsive approach. Yan is a member of the Board of Directors for American Chinese Professors in Social Sciences and a member of the Asian American Focus Group of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). She is a founding member of the Association of Chinese Helping Professionals and Psychologists-International (ACHPPI) and was elected to Vice President of Science.



Professor in Child, Youth, and Family Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Anh Do is currently an Academic Advisor in the Explore Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She received her Ph.D. in Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Her research focused on family resilience, culture, youth development, and mental health.



Explore Center Academic Advisor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Genese Clark, M.S. is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at UNL. Her research explores family strengths, kinship connection and disconnection, focusing especially on families of African descent. Her research highlights the role of critical consciousness and self-awareness in interpersonal relationships with the goal of transforming systems and mindsets so that people can connect more authentically to themselves, one another, and the world around them. Genese has worked with a diverse population of children and families for over 10 years in various capacities, translating research into practice. She is a member of the African and African American Leadership Council at UNL and the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR; Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Families Section). She will also serve on NCFR’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the 2023-2025 term.



Doctoral Candidate, Child, Youth, and Family Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL