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Understanding Cultural Bias and Integrating Faith: Enhancing Mental Health Support for Hispanics and Latinos


This event takes place in Chicago with limited seats available.


Lunch and refreshments included, courtesy of our valued partner, Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.




This comprehensive 6-hour in-person training aims to equip human services professionals who work with Hispanics and Latinos facing mental health and substance use issues with a deeper understanding of cultural bias and its historical origins. By exploring the Enlightenment era's impact on cultural perceptions, this training will help participants recognize their own biases and develop culturally sensitive approaches to support their clients effectively. 

Additionally, the session will explore the significance of faith within the Hispanic and Latino cultures and provide practical strategies for integrating faith into therapeutic practices. 




  • Identify and understand the various forms of bias affecting human services for Latinos and Hispanics, including racial, cultural, and implicit biases, and recognize their impact on practitioner input and client outcomes.
  • Analyze the historical context of bias in human services, particularly the relationship between Enlightenment ideals, racism, and European cultural chauvinism, to gain insight into the root causes of bias in the field.
  • Develop strategies to reduce bias in practice, including promoting self-awareness and cultural responsiveness among practitioners, implementing organizational policies and procedures to address bias, and fostering collaboration with Latino and Hispanic communities.




Trainer, Alfredo Cerrato

Alfredo Cerrato

Alfredo Cerrato is the senior cultural and workforce development officer for the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He currently manages intensive technical assistance projects for the SAMHSA-funded Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC Technology Transfer Centers. He is a subject matter expert and trainer of trainers of the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards and other culturally related topics. Mr. Cerrato specializes in the relationship between the National CLAS Standards and process improvement, focusing on organizational change, cultural communications, worldview dynamics, and conflict resolution. As CEO of various non-government organizations, Mr. Cerrato has 25 years of international relations experience and has conducted advocacy, policy, and disaster relief work in collaboration with multiple governments across the globe.


Trainer, Albert Thompson

Albert Thompson

Albert Thompson is a war, conflict, and peace historian and an instructor of history at Northern Virginia Community College. He holds a Masters in Military History from Norwich University, where his research focused on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Mr.  Thompson is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in history at Howard University, where he focuses on post-Second World War American identity. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training. 



The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: Aug. 15, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: Aug. 15, 2023 3:30 pm
Registration Deadline
August 14, 2023
Event Type
Face-to-Face Training
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