Geriatric Mental Health Education Series #1

Registration is now open for the Geriatric Mental Health Education Series #1 hosted by the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Western University in collaboration with Geriatric Psychiatry Programs of St. Joseph's Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre.

This is the first event of a four part series for the academic year 2021-2022 and will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. This event will be brought to you by Western Zoom. You must register to attend – seats will be limited, so hurry to register!


Spotlight Presenter: Clara Parra, Seniors WrapAround Program, London InterCommunity Health Centre 

Description of the Workshop:

This mini-workshop will introduce participants to the foundational knowledge and concepts related to culture, diversity, and clinical practice. This workshop approaches cultural training from a personal growth and professional growth perspective and a social justice framework. Using mental health counselling and therapy intervention as an example, this workshop will guide participants to reflect and think through critical cultural diversity issues of themselves as well as others.

Learning Objectives of the Workshop:

Participants in this workshop will:

  1. Become more aware of themselves as ‘cultural beings’ and of the intersection of culture and diversity issues and health care.
  2. Become familiar with the concepts of ‘multicultural competence’ and ‘cultural humility’ and what they look like in clinical mental health practices.
  3. Acquire strategies to enhance individual-level and institutional/organizational-level changes to promote racial equity and social justice.


Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo, Ph.D., Certified Psychologist (Ontario), Professor, Clinical Psychology, University of Windsor

Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo is a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor and a licensed, practicing psychologist in Ontario. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Kuo’s research focuses on the critical interface between culture and mental health, specifically on how culturally-diverse groups and individuals cope with stress, and respond to psychological and mental health concerns. As a clinician, Dr. Kuo has worked and treated international students, immigrants, refugees, racial/ethnic minorities and non-minority individuals in U.S., Canada, and Asia. Dr. Kuo is an experienced and active clinical supervisor who teaches and supervises clinical psychology Ph.D. students in providing mental health interventions to refugee and other culturally-diverse populations. Dr. Kuo works very closely with various community and health agencies/networks and involves in policy initiatives, provincially and nationally in Canada. Dr. Kuo has lectured and taught internationally in Taiwan, China, Thailand, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, Poland, U.K., and Canada, as a distinguished visiting professor and/or invited teaching faculty. He has received multiple honours, including the University of Windsor Outstand Research Award: Established Researcher/Scholar Category in 2017, the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences’ Dr. Kathleen E. McCrone Teaching Award in 2017, the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award in 2019, and most recently the John C. Service Member of the Year Award of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2021 (for his volunteer counselling and psychotherapy service for COVID-19 frontline health workers). Dr. Kuo is also currently serving as an executive member of the Education and Training Committee of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Webinar ID: 936 5816 0294

Participant ID: 212565

Dial by your location +1 647 558 0588 Canada

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This event has been accredited:

The GERIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION SERIES is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. (1.5 CREDITS)