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In partnership, MACMHP, Southside Community Health Services and Hue-MAN are co-hosting a community conversation to begin dialogue across common threads of accessing and delivering culturally sensitive mental health services. Throughout, we hope for peoples' candid thoughts about mental health and its services. We invite you to join this dynamic two-way conversation, where community members, advocates and providers come together to listen, share and learn.

This is a two-part series first bringing the community together for open dialogue around culturally sensitive mental health services. A webinar training will follow addressing key challenges, sensitivities and opportunities for mental health professionals to better provide cultural inclusive services to clients. Both events are open to anyone who is interested in joining. 

Attendance at both events is encouraged. Attendance at both events is not required.


Wednesday, October 25

Community Conversation & Healing: Let's Talk About Mental Health

Center for Changing Lives

2400 Park Ave So, Minneapolis MN 55404

6:00 - 8:00pm

The goal of the conversation is to learn from each other, and think about how we respond and provide care to different cultures. The community conversation will give members the opportunity to engage with a panel of leaders in the field. The conversation will kick-off with our panelists providing their insight, with the majority of the event giving attendees the opportunity to engage in dialogue about cultural awareness in mental health care.

Opening Panelists include:

  • Sam Simmons, SAFE Families Manager, The Family Partnership
  • Clarence Jones, Outreach Director, Southside Community Health Services
  • Jinny Palen, MACMHP Executive Director
  • Moderated by Gary Norman, Manager of Behavioral Health and Director of First Street Center at Carver County

Cost: FREE

Refreshments will be provided. This is a family friendly event, so please feel free to bring your children. 


Wednesday, november 8


The community conversation will lead into the second part of the training, which is the webinar. The webinar will reflect on topics brought up during the community conversation, and provide techniques on how to be culturally aware in your work. CEUs have been applied for. Once approval is provided, confirmation will be posted. 

Presented by: Sam Simmons

Location:   Provided via webinar service (Click here to learn more about the platform).

CEUs:   Participants will receive 2 hours of continuing education credits through the MN Board of Social Work, Application for 2 hours of continuing education credits is in process with the MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy, MN Board of Psychology and MN Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy.

 Investment:   Member: $50; NonMember Attendee of both events: $50; NonMember: $55

One registration provides one seat in the webinar for one individual viewing.

WEBINAR ACCESS:   Webinar access information will be sent to the email used during registration 1 day prior to the training.

Contact:   Ashley Driste, Events Manager with questions.



More about the Presenters

Sam Simmons is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has over 25-years of experience as a behavioral consultant in the areas of chemical dependency, violence abatement and historical trauma. He specializes in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families. Mr. Simmons is currently the SAFE Families Manager at The Family Partnership. Mr. Simmons manages the federally funded Be More Project, which engages African American young men and boys to stop violence against women and girls and promotes healthy nonviolent relationships. Mr. Simmons also manages Healing Generations, a culturally-specific relapse support program for African American men. Mr. Simmons is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. He is executive producer of public affairs programming at Twin Cities community fixture, radio station and KMOJ. Currently he is the co-host of "Voices” addressing issues of the urban community. Mr. Simmons is respected for his highly-informed work around African American historical trauma and his highly successful Community Empower Through Black Men Healing Conference.  He plainly states, “A community is empowered by the strength of the information it’s given.”


Gary Norman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Hamline University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston. Gary is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has worked in public, non-profit and private sectors the past 21 years and has worked exclusively in the fields of mental and chemical health. He has served as President of the Board of Directors for a housing non-profit in Houston as well as served as a board member for a domestic violence non-profit in Houston. He has taught social work courses at the graduate school level since 2003 and currently teaches part-time as an adjunct instructor at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. His is the Director of Carver County’s Community Mental Health Center and is President-Elect for the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs.




Webinar platform:  Zoom

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