271172 Village Project

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

Virginia Diane Woods, DrPH, MSN, RN , Department of Psychology/African American Health Institute-SBC, University of California, Riverside, San Bernardino, CA
Mel Mason, LCSW, MSW , Executive Director & Clinical Director, The Village Project, INC., Seaside, CA
Regina Mason, MSW, ACSW , Co-Founder, The Village Project, INC., Seaside, CA
The Village Project was created to help the community reach a greater state of well-being by strengthening families through the delivery of community-based, culturally grounded services to the African American population for unmet needs. The services include mental health counseling for children, adults, families, couples; Black parenting classes; groups for girls and boys; after school tutoring program; plant propagation program; psycho-educational support groups for youth; guidance in establishing healthy African American identity; youth leadership training; and life skills training. What people do and how they behave is largely determined by their culture and social conditions and that the person, as a cultural agent, has a sense of efficacy and wellness resulting from the sense of being human which is culturally defined. Culture represents the vast structure of behaviors, ideas, attitudes, values, habits, beliefs, customs, language, rituals, ceremonies and practices peculiar to a group of people, which is the process that provides people with a general design for living and patterns for interpreting reality. This presentation will share the unique concepts of an applied culturally grounded therapy approach in wrap around services for providing prevention and early intervention for mental issues.

Learning Areas:
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
To identify community-defined practices for African Americans that will ensure good mental health To discuss county level wrap around services that provide culturally grounded prevention and early intervention service delivery for ethnic populations

Keywords: African American, Community Preventive Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been in clinical practice for over 25 years, providing prevention and early intervention as well as therapy for families and working within the community with diverse service agencies on multiple community health projects.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.