The National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) held its national conference at the Mall of America July 22-July 24 and along with experts in trauma, bullying and other psychological factors, Wilder staff presented a session on culturally specific interventions.
Research Scientist Julie Atella and Counselor Mary Her will be sharing their insight in working with Southeast Asian populations. Wilder Research conducted a seminal assessment in 2010 that identified the prevalence of mental health issues as well as the cultural influencers that may be barriers in accessing services. In response to the need for early intervention and prevention services, Wilder developed the Hlub Zoo program for Hmong boys and girls. The program provides individual and group counseling, family counseling and crisis assistance that is culturally responsive. For many Hmong youth, social issues impact their development and they may express mental health issues in ways not readily recognized.
The NCPTC conference is to help child protection professionals recognize factors in their community that contribute to child maltreatment and focus on evidence based prevention programs that can be replicated across the country.