Building Cultural Competency & Treating Mental Health Among Hmong Americans

Building Cultural Competency & Treating Mental Health Among Hmong Americans

Training Overview

The Hmong are a growing population in the United States, with approximately 90,000 living in Minnesota. Most have immigrated since the mid-1970s from Southeast Asia to escape the effects of the Vietnam War. Historically, the Hmong people struggle with intergenerational trauma, poverty, and persecution. This workshop is a comprehensive, in-depth assessment of the Hmong American community, their uniqueness as a culture, their societal struggles, and their mental health issues. Furthermore, this course will also invite participants to become multilingual in their ability to treat patients, as they also become more self-aware of their own cultural biases along with the biases of others. This workshop will advocate for cultural humility, recognizing the value in each culture’s strengths, utilizing them in the appropriate opportunities to endorse collaboration across all races, ethnicities and nationalities. Finally, effective and culturally competent applicational strategies will be introduced and discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • To gain an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge and awareness of the unique cultural/societal issues that the Hmong community in the Unites States has, which also impacts their mental health.
  • To be able to identify strengths in the Hmong community with regards to addressing mental health concerns.
  • To be able to provide effective and culturally competent strategies in helping the Hmong and their families to appropriately deal with mental health, relational, and societal issues.

About the Trainer

Maria Moua is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also a certified perinatal/postpartum counselor. Being a first-generation born in the United States, a daughter of Hmong refugee immigrants, she is passionate about working in the community, helping people strive and grow into becoming their best potential. She’s been practicing in the mental health field for over 14 years, with a foundation of her work being in intensive in-home family-systems therapy, multi-systemic therapy, and in Children’s Crisis. Maria is also the coordinator for the Hmong MFT Support Group. Maria currently runs her private practice, Maria Moua Therapy LLC.


Registration is Free!

Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link 1 week and 1 day before this training event starts.

We are excited to start the new year with this training. The Alliance believes trauma-informed, anti-racist, and culturally responsive services are essential to helping children heal. We continue to offer virtually the highest quality training, with nationally renowned speakers.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credits will be available for all eligible participants providing services in Minnesota, US.

Cancellation Policy

The Alliance recognizes that sometimes professionals are called away at the last minute to accommodate the needs of our kids.

Contact InfoPlease contact MaiXi Ye at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.