2018 San Joaquin Valley
Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Convening
@ Wyndham Garden-Fresno Airport
5090 E Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727
Wed, Nov 7, 2018, 8:30 am - 3:00pm
The Valley API Mental Health Project welcomes providers, advocates, professionals, and social services agencies that serve the API communities of the San Joaquin Valley in promoting mental health. Through organizing and capacity building, we can become stronger and better serve as a collective voice for our API communities!
This is our second year bringing you all together!  [see last year's convening] We have built this year's program based on your input from last year! 

Thanks to the support of the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund (SJVHF), Alliant International University, and Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW)

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FREE continuing education units (CEUs) are also available for psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and RNs throughout the convening.
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Debra M. Kawahara, Ph.D.

Morning Keynote

The Journey toward Cultural Competency with API communities

Dr. Debra M. Kawahara is currently the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University.  Known as a multicultural scholar and practitioner, her work centers on multicultural and community psychology, Asian American mental health, family systems and therapeutic processes, and the delivery of culturally competent services and supervision. She is widely published and has presented at national, state, and local conferences.   In 2018, she became the Editor of Women & Therapy and also a Fellow of Asian American Psychological Association and APA Divisions 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race). In recognition of her work, several awards have been bestowed on her, including the Shining Star Award at the National Multicultural Conference & Summit in 2017, Division 45's Distinguished Career Contributions for Service Award in 2015, and Division 35's Pioneer Award (Section 5, Asian Pacific Islander Women) in 2012.

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Wei-Chin Hwang, Ph.D.

Afternoon Keynote

Acculturative Family Distancing in Immigrant Families:
Clinical and Practice Considerations

Dr. Wei-Chin Hwang is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. He received his Ph.D. from the clinical psychology program at UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. His research focuses on mental health disparities, treatment outcomes, cultural competency, and developing frameworks for culturally adapting treatments. He is a fellow and has received career awards from the Asian American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program, and the Western Psychological Association. Dr. Hwang is a licensed clinical psychologist and has an independent clinical and consulting practice in Pasadena and Claremont, California.


Jamie Xiong-Vang

Workshop I

Immigration Hardship Waiver: What Mental Health Providers and Advocates Need to Know

Ms. Xiong-Vang is an attorney at the the McCormick Barstow LLP.  Prior to joining the McCormick Barstow LLP team, Ms. Xiong-Vang represented clients in both civil and criminal courts. She has experience in the areas of Immigration, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Guardianship, Debtor Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, and Social Security Disability.


After graduating from Whittier School of Law, Ms. Xiong-Vang joined Central California Legal Services, Inc. (CCLS) as an Equal Justice Works Fellow where she implemented and managed a medical-legal clinic providing legal representation to victims of domestic violence with their family law matters, including child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, divorce, and property division. Prior to leaving for private practice, she managed the Merced office location and the Voluntary Legal Services Program for CCLS. Ms. Xiong-Vang also has criminal law experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney with the Fresno County Public Defender’s Office where she represented upwards of 100 indigent persons in the criminal justice system ensuring that their Constitutional rights were not infringed upon.

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Dana Riley, Psy.D. & Marlene Pena

Workshop II

Supporting our Families in Seeking School Services

Dr. Dana Riley has been with the Assessment Center for Children (ACC) at EPU Children’s Center since 2006.  Prior to getting her doctorate, she was a special education teacher and conducted school assessments and wrote IEPs for Hawaii Dept of Ed.  Due to training in Discrete Trial Training under Sandra Harris, Ph.D. at Rutgers University, she was able to help start a special school in Hawaii for children on the Autism Spectrum.  She attended Pepperdine University and received a Minority Scholarship to complete her doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  In 1997, she did her internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center which solidified her commitment to diversity issues.  Prior to moving to Fresno, she worked as a clinician for Hawaii Dept of Education, and had a private practice working primarily with traumatized children.  She has presented at national, state, and local conferences and trainings and has served as a mental health consultant for Fresno Head Start, Madera Head Start, and Primary School Adjustment Program in Hawaii.  As part of the ACC team, she has worked as a clinical psychologist, supervisor, and training director.  She is currently the Manager of Clinical Services.

Dr. Dana Riley and her colleague, Marlene Pena, from the Family Resource Center at EPU will discuss barriers that API children and their families face in accessing services.  In this workshop, participants will learn hands-on skills for how to advocate for children and their families accessing mental health services in schools and communities.


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