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In 2012, BHETA established a Cultural Competency Academy (CCA) that provides integrated training on cultural responsiveness to improve the cultural awareness, knowledge and skills of staff providing services in the San Diego County’s Behavioral Health Services. Funded via a three-year contract with County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services using Mental Health Services Act funding, CCA uses innovative and evidence-based training methods to ensure trainees can implement changes in practice and the system of care to better meet the needs of San Diego’s increasingly diverse population.

San Diego County and County-contracted service providers at every level of service – support staff, managers, and direct service providers are enrolled in separate year-long intensive cultural competency training tracks tailored to address their specific job responsibilities. CCA participants also work as a team to apply their knowledge and skill with a practicum to create lasting change back at their agency/program. See information on our current cohort by visiting the calendar page.

Who is Eligible to Attend CCA Training?

The Cultural Competence Academy (CCA) is currently recruiting participants for their third cohort, which begins early July. The Cultural Competency Training Series is a yearlong commitment with 5-7 in-class modules and a practicum with capstone designed to create change within their agencies and practice. Click below for schedule, dates, times, and course description.

Each track has a unique curriculum tailored to his/her job skills:

  • Management Staff
  • Administrative Support Staff
  • Direct Service

Cohorts and Training Areas

CCA African American Culture Series
Training begins Summer 2015
Direct Service Track Schedule>>
Administrative Track Schedule>>
Management Track Schedule >>

CCA Native American Culture Series
Training begins Summer 2015
Direct Service Track Schedule>>
Administrative Track Schedule>>
Management Track Schedule >>

Past Cohort Culture Tracks
African American Culture >>
Latino Culture >>
LGBTIQ Across the Lifespan >>
LGBTIQ Transitional Age Youth >>

CCA Contact Us

For general questions regarding the Cultural Competency Academy please contact Elisa Barnett at ebarnett@mail.sdsu.edu. To sign up for this training, please contact your program manager or COR.

Upcoming CCA training series

Click here to register.

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