Social Justice and Historical Repair: The Promise of Transforming Health Systems to Address Disabilities and Cultural Accountability


Monday, May 19, 2014

Start Time: 

10:15 AM

End Time: 

11:45 AM
90- Minute Seminar/ Colloquium

Mathew Mock

As a nation of increasing cultural diversity, we are entering into a period of exciting health and mental health care transformation. The growth of cultural, ethnic, racial and, linguistic (CERL) communities invigorates service systems to integrate culturally recognized practices into health services, including behavioral and mental health treatment. Mental health disabilities have now become increasingly recognized.

Stigma, shame, experiences of service micro aggressions, social inequities, and disproportional ties have been documented as barriers to seeking help. Historical and social injustices have also contributed to cyclical trauma that also shows up in systems. The tide must be turned towards continuous social justice and culturally responsive practices for all, including communities with disabilities. Evidence-based practices are certainly important. Practice-based evidence, community defined evidence, and promising indigenous practices must also be considered with similar importance. The transformation our service systems including health, mental health, and education for our multicultural communities, remains critical.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify additional cultural and ethnic community practices, specifically integrated healthcare and mental health, that are at the cutting-edge of future practices;
  2. Increase knowledge of specific barriers and challenges confronting cultural communities with mental health disabilities creating barriers in accessing services;
  3. Describe various models of effective collaborative practices between health professionals
  4. Examine and increase understanding of evidence-based practices, practice-based evidence, promising and indigenous practices effective for use by and with cultural, ethnic, racial linguistic populations.



Photo: Matthew Mock

Matthew R. Mock, PhD, is professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Berkeley, and Campbell, California. He has a private clinical and consulting practice in Berkeley. Dr. Mock has a longstanding career in addressing mental health concerns in communities with a special emphasis on community mental health, multiculturalism and diversity, ethnic families, and cultural competence in service delivery. He was the director of the Family, Youth, Children’s and Multicultural Service, City of Berkeley Mental Health Division and the director for the Center of Multicultural Development with the California Institute for Mental Health. Dr. Mock received his master’s degree and PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology.