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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Webinar Series:
Cultural Diversity in Disability & Mental Health Services

Tuesday September 28 12:00 AM-1:30 PM MTN

Tuesday September 28 12:00 AM-1:30 PM MTN

Tuesday September 28 12:00 AM-1:30 PM MTN

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Webinar Series:

Cultural Diversity in Disability & Mental Health Services

Presenters: Jenean A. Castillo, PhD; Nicole Turygin, PhD; AJ Anderson

Time: September 28, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm MTN

Flyers to share: accessible PDF and image. CART and ASL interpreters will be provided!

How does a person’s race and ethnicity impact services?

In this webinar, we will discuss how race and ethnicity can affect services for someone with a disability and mental health concern. Our presenters will offer information for families and direct support professionals to reduce inequality and improve knowledge and services for individuals. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand what it means to be culturally and linguistically competent
  • Identify ways to be responsive to dually diagnosed individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Gain understanding from experienced providers and self-advocates 
Jenean Castillo

Jenean A. Castillo, Ph.D. is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and the Director of the federally funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) just 40 minutes north of New York City. Dr. Castillo is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Center for Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. Dr. Castillo also serves as WIHD’s Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, actively supporting and enhancing WIHD’s efforts to enhance cultural and linguistic competency to ensure equitable outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her EDI work includes curriculum development, workforce enhancement, and organizational assessment, policy development and implementation.

Nicole Turygin

Dr. Nicole Turygin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York who also holds a faculty appointment at New York Medical College. She has over 9 years of experience working with challenging behaviors and co-occurring psychiatric conditions in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and ability levels using evidence-based behavioral interventions. Her clinical and research interests include anxiety disorders, obsessive/compulsive disorders, repetitive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, and aggression.

AJ Anderson

Agique (AJ) Anderson is a self- and peer advocate and mentor. Currently he holds two part-time positions with Taconic Resources for Independence in Poughkeepsie, NY – Peer Advocate and Housing Advocate. He also volunteers as a facilitator for several support groups for LGBTQ+ people with disabilities. He hopes to continue to contribute to helping people with Disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community speak out more, stand up for themselves, and live the life that you choose and want. One thing that has helped him to express himself is writing. One day he hopes to write a book on his life that he hopes will inspire many.

The MHDD NTC and its activities are funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), funding opportunity number HHS-2018-ACL-AOD-DDTI-0305.

Previous Webinars

Partner Webinars

These webinars are offered through our various partners. Each webinar has been vetted to ensure it meets the mission and values of the MHDD National Training Center.

This annual, highly popular, supplemental training series is designed to provide innovative and topic-focused online training to START program members and their local community partners. Trainings from this series are released once a month to the START network (typically on the 3rd Friday of each month) from September to April. These online trainings are free for participants and are facilitated by your START program members in centralized locations in your region where participants can learn as a group.

Webinar from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors – SAMHSA discussing youth with disabilities and behavioral disorders.

The goal of this course is to raise awareness about the issues surrounding dual diagnosis, to present some typical and atypical signs of mental illnesses that may arise in this population, and to highlight how your interactions with individuals—whatever your role may be—can contribute to better supports for individuals

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