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Culturally Responsive Interventions for the South Asian Community

  • April 21, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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Presented by Shalini Dayal, LMFT

2 CE credits

Last day to register: Thursday, April 20, 2023, 11:59pm

This training will discuss the steps to identify and integrate culturally responsive care into clinical practices while working with the South Asian (SA) community. It will address common myths and stereotypes such as the model minority, understand in depth, the various groups and subgroups within the community, and the role of shame, stigma, and cultural norms that prevent South Asians from seeking services for mental health challenges. It will review how to inquire about social, familial identities, and validate client experiences as an immigrant and affirm their challenges. It will explore how to integrate culturally appropriate interventions with cognitive-behavioral strategies such as challenging negative intrusive thoughts, facilitating behavior change, and recommending practical applications. 

About the Presenter

Shalini Dayal, MFT (#43574) has been in this field for over 20 years. She was born and raised in India, speaks several Indian dialects and has been working with the South Asian community for over 20 years through local non-profits, schools and is currently in full-time private practice in Fremont. She works from a cross-cultural perspective working with first-generation immigrants with a focus on assimilation and acculturation challenges.  She also provides free parenting classes for the community especially for immigrants and their families on several topics including inter-generational conflict, understanding the heritage vs. host culture and mindful parenting techniques for children born and raised in two cultures.
She is cofounder of BASANT NOW, an organization focused on helping the South Asian community, connect with culturally appropriate and trained mental health professionals who can help them through life transitions, crisis and relationships.

Educational Goals

  • Comprehend the cultural characteristics that are applicable to the mental health care of South Asians
  • Effectively utilize culturally appropriate interventions when providing therapeutic services to the SA population.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Define and distinguish the cultural characteristics and distinctions that make up the diaspora of SA in Northern California communities.
  • Explore common stereotypes held about the community and challenge clinicians' biases when working with clients from this community
  • Utilize culturally appropriate interventions when providing therapeutic services to the SA population.

Target audience: Licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage & family therapists, and pre-licensed professionals.

Course Outline

  • Understanding the diaspora of South Asians in America
    • Defining the areas of South Asian countries, cultures and subcultures
      • Description of the different groups and subgroups
      • Discuss migration patterns and reasons for migration for each group
    • Analyze the culture of Silicon Valley and the challenges the SA community faced within that context
      • Identify and explore stereotypes that are associated with the different groups introduced.  
  • Introduction and Discussion around mental health challenges faced by the SA community
    • Explore common mental health challenges that arise due to stress of migration and acculturation
      • Predict stigma and barriers and its unique layers within the collectivist culture of SA
      • Compare other barriers placed within the cultures and outside that prevent the population from seeking mental health services.
    • Summarize how relationships are impacted through cultural transitions, families, couples, parenting
  • Interventions and strategies to provide culturally appropriate therapeutic services to the SA population
    • Assess value of psychoeducation and community awareness
    • Apply interventions the SA community is responsive towards  like culturally based family systems, CBT, Solution focused, Family Systems
  • Questions and answers

CE Credit Certificates

Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

East Bay Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #52488) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  East Bay Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Please note: Certificates of Completion will be awarded after the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety and complete the course evaluation form.


We invite non-members to consider joining East Bay CAMFT.
Member pricing:
Licensed Membership Fee: $60/annually
Pre-Licensed Associate/Student/Retired Membership Fee: $35/annually


You may cancel for a 50% refund between 5 and 15 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies.  Unused funds cannot be applied to future events. NO EXCEPTIONS!  If the event is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.  

**By registering for the event you agree to the terms of the Cancellation/Refund Policy**

For general information, special needs, ADA accommodations, or grievances: Please contact Sandy at  You will receive a response within 24 hours. Note: Deadline for requesting ADA accommodations is two weeks prior to the workshop so that we may have time to properly accommodate you. 

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