The Cultural Competency Workshop Series is a service of SPRC for health providers, teachers, community workers, service providers, and any professionals who work with Native populations. Each workshop focuses on a specific issue, providing cultural context and background as well as concrete strategies for working with Native people.

Current CCWS calendar

2016 Cultural Competency Workshop Schedule

February 26 Living Through Grieving: A Native Perspective of Cutting

This training presents a uniquely Native American perspective of the practice of "cutting" that may empower helping professionals to address the issue in a culturally sensitive and competent manner.

April 29 Navigating Health Systems for Native Populations

This session will provide a basic roadmap for navigating the types of services, providers, and payment mechanisms impacting the Native American consumers you may serve.

June 24 Communicating Indian Style: Speaking with Native American Populations

This session will address some of the common problems, often labeled miscommunication, experienced by service providers in American Indian client interactions.

August 26 Healing Trauma in Native Communities

Understanding the impact of historical trauma on current behavior is critical to providing services and programs to Native American communities. This session will discuss common culturally-based healing practices that can be incorporated or used in the provision of services.

October 28 Traditional Teaching Methods: How Educators can use the Past to Teach for Today

Traditional teaching methods in American Indian communities were based on specific Tribal value systems. This session seeks to synthesize information about the "Native learner" into concrete strategies for teaching and working with Native youth and parents.

December 30 The Elephant & the Giraffe: The Story of Diversity Management

This workshop uses the story of the elephant and the giraffe to help managers, supervisors, and human resource professionals reflect upon the dynamics of managing a diverse workforce, and make diversity an asset rather than a challenge.