Cultural Competency Training of Facilitators

In addition to offering Cultural Competence Workshops, Georgia Council on Substance offers a Cultural Competence Training of Facilitators. This three-day training provides others the opportunity to support certified peers and others across Georgia in building this competence that is so fundamental to forming effective connections with people who are seeking or in early recovery form substance abuse and/or mental health challenges.

This workshop trains facilitators for one and two day cultural competence workshops designed to increase participants’ awareness of resources available to enhance their own cultural competence, assess areas of strength, and discover opportunities within their own organizations to build culturally competent recovery services. Admission to the three day training of facilitators requires participation in the one or two day workshop. Participation in the full two-day workshop is highly recommended. In the three day training of facilitators, we work to help prepare facilitators to be a vital presence in supporting others on their journey of discovery and exploration. This workshop provides an opportunity for potential facilitators to understand that their role can support or impede a participant’s experience and willingness to engage in dialogue and courageous conversations.

Emphasis in this workshop includes:

  • Facilitating dialogue rather debate;
  • Understanding one’s own biases so they do not influence or direct the conversations;
  • Providing an environment where it is safe for others to explore and understand their own biases;
  • Developing neutrality and comfort with silence and differing experiences;
  • Presence to stories of experiences that are at times emotion ridden;
  • Establishment of conversation guidelines to help keep conversations on track invitational to everyone in the group.

In the training of facilitators, we will discuss a variety of learning modules and activities that may be included in a one or two day workshop and the essential modules and activities. Admission to this training requires completion of an application and there is a selection process for this facilitator training.

Curriculum Developed by Dr. Dietra Hawkins, Lead Consultant of Both And Partners, Inc.

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Dietra D. Hawkins, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who works nationally and internationally with state and local government organizations, public and private K-12 schools and behavioral health agencies as the owner and lead consultant with Both And Partners, Inc.  She is a published author and frequent speaker for workshops addressing Appreciative approaches toward system change; Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, Asset Based Community Development and Inclusion, and the Healing of Racism.

Dr. Hawkins holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University, Program for Recovery and Community Health, School of Medicine. Prior to her consultation practice, she served as the Director of Consultation and Training at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH).  Dr. Hawkins has extensive experience with family, child, adult and community behavioral health, and has worked closely with Parent and Consumer Advocacy organizations.

Her primary research interests address racial and ethnic health care disparities; organizational systems change and transformation; HIV prevention/interventions; qualitative and community based participatory research, and the critical dimensions of cultural competency, recovery and community engagement.

She is highly regarded for her positive energy and personable approach toward difficult conversations.