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MACMH Building Cultural Competency: Understanding & Treating Mental Health for Hmong in America

Training Overview

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) is hosting a training opportunity with Maria Moua, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Maria Moua Therapy LLC.

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 United 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 Presenter

Maria Moua is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also a certified perinatal/postpartum counselor. As a first-generation American born in the United States and a daughter of Hmong refugee immigrants, she is passionate about working in the community and helping people strive and grow into their best potential. She’s been practicing in the mental health field for over 13 years, with a foundation of her work being in intensive in-home family-systems therapy, multisystemic therapy, and Children’s Crisis. Maria is also the coordinator for the Hmong MFT Support Group. Maria currently runs her private practice, Maria Moua Therapy LLC.

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This webinar is expected to be approved for four hours of cultural competency content.


February 2
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
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