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Welcome from the MayaTech Corporation

By Kelly Wagner
MFP Project Director, The MayaTech Corporation


The Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (MFPCC) would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest cohort of MFP fellows and any new readers of the Minority Fellowship E-Newsletter from the six MFP grantee organizations: the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. The MFPCC supports the MFP program through training, technical assistance, and resource dissemination designed to increase the substance abuse and mental health workforce in underserved communities. The MFPCC maintains the MFPCC website, publishes the Fellow of the Month series, develops and disseminates the e-newsletter, and conducts webinars for current and alumni MFP fellows. More information on our planned activities for this year can be found below.

Fellow of the Month

The Fellow of the Month (FoM) series profiles individual current and alumni MFP fellows, who are either self-nominated or recommended by one of the MFP grantee organizations or other MFP-related professionals, and shines a light on their background, goals, and accomplishments. View previous FoM profiles. The profiles are disseminated through the MFPCC listserv and posted to the MFPCC website. If you are interested in recommending someone for the Fellow of the Month, please send their name and contact information to mfpcc@mayatech.com. If you are interested in nominating yourself, you may use one of the following links to complete the profile: Current Fellows or Alumni Fellows.

E-Newsletters

The Minority Fellowship E-Newsletter is an online quarterly publication that features articles written by local and national experts in their fields. Each issue includes several feature stories that focus on issues of concern to substance use and mental health practitioners serving ethnic minority populations and/or describe current SAMHSA initiatives. Access previous e-newsletters. If you are conducting mental health and/or substance abuse research that you’d like to share and you are an MFP grantee or current and alumni MFP fellow, we invite you to serve as contributing authors. If you are interested in writing an article, please contact us at mfpcc@mayatech.com.

In addition to articles, the e-newsletter includes highlights of the MFP grantee organizations and fellows. Are you conducting innovative research? Have you presented or published? Have you or your organization been recognized for your achievements? Let us highlight you in the Minority Fellowship E-newsletter! Submit your MFP highlights and accomplishments.

Webinars

From February to July of this year, the MFPCC has an exciting Webinar Series that will provide grantees and fellows with insight on emerging trends as well as promising, best, and evidence-based practices that support the resilience and emotional health of underserved minority communities. Webinars are typically scheduled for 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for these informative sessions. The tentative webinar schedule is as follows:

  • Assessing and Addressing Implicit Bias – February 26, 2020
    This webinar will provide an overview of implicit bias, including how to assess and mitigate the effects in the treatment and counseling process.
  • Utilizing Telebehavioral Health for Opioid Addiction Interventions – March 25, 2020
    This webinar will explore how technology can be used to connect evidence-based behavioral treatments for opioid addiction.
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) - April 29, 2020
    This webinar will provide an overview of trends and clinical implications of ENDS and focus on the growing use and the effects in people with mental health conditions.
  • Enhancing Cultural Competency Series: Discussing Culture Using Experiences in the Training Relationship – May 27, 2020
    During this webinar, participants will explore how culture, cultural identity, and intersectionality impact the trainee/supervisor or mentor/mentee relationship.
  • Enhancing Cultural Competency Series: Using Clinical/Cultural Assessment Tools with Diverse Clients – June 24, 2020
    This webinar will delve into the use of clinical/cultural assessments tools that focus on both cultural strengths and trauma.
  • Addressing Health Disparities through Culturally Informed Research and Evaluation Design – July 29, 2020
    This webinar will feature current models for collecting and coding race/ethnicity and language data and explore skills required to conduct culturally competent research.

Also, this year, to allow fellows to engage in interdisciplinary discussion during the MFPCC webinars, we are putting out a call for MFPCC Fellow Webinar Discussants. As an MFPCC Fellow Webinar Discussant you will have an opportunity to participate in a selected MFPCC webinar during the Q&A period by discussing the topic with the panelists from the perspective of your specific professional discipline and training experiences. If you are interested, please sign up by January 31, 2020.

We welcome your ideas on how to enhance the existing resources and activities that the MFPCC supports, as well as new ideas on how to improve communications across the MFP and meet the evolving professional development needs of the MFP fellow community related to strengthening their skills as behavioral health professionals. You can reach us via email at mfpcc@mayatech.com. To learn more about the MFPCC, please visit the SAMHSA MFP page. MFP fellows and alumni can access the Coordinating Center’s website.

Welcome to the MFP community!