Building Bridges Series: A Journey to Cultural Proficiency to Enhance Prevention Strategies Sessions 1-4





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Dates: June 1st, June 15th, June 29th, and July 13th

Time: 9:00 AM—12:00 PM ET

Format: Interactive Intensive Training Program (please see participant expectations below)

Cost: FREE

Contact Hours: 14 (Certificate of Attendance, please see participant expectations below)

Target Audience: Prevention Professionals, Community Members, Rural Communities

Developed for: SAMHSA Region 3


Overall Description:

Building Bridges is a 9-week intensive training program that will guide participants through an engaging, thought-provoking, and challenging journey of self-awareness and discovery. With live sessions and on-demand microlearning video modules, this training series is designed to provide professionals with the knowledge, tools, and support needed to power cross-cultural success effectively. This series goes beyond diversity awareness to help participants to recognize diversity as a prerequisite for their organization’s future success and the pathway to health equity throughout SAMHSA Region 3.



  1. Attend all 4 live virtual sessions in Zoom (12 hours total)

  2. Complete the 8 accompanying on-demand microlearning video modules (2 hours total)

  3. Join zoom using a computer, laptop, or tablet with microphone muted and camera on

  4. Partial credit will not be given. Participants must complete all components to be eligible for certification

Thursday, June 01, 2023 – 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Webinar Description:

You’re going on a journey, right? So first, we must get READY! During this webinar, we will set the foundation for the work we will do together throughout this 9-week workplace diversity training program, Building Bridges. In session one, you will spend time looking internally and uncovering why this work is important to you and why this work is important for you. We will also touch on how we all got here in the first place (you may be surprised!).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Decide a personal vision of diversity for your workplace
  2. Define culture and distinguish the components of cultural competence/cultural humility
  3. Identify the impact of beliefs on behaviors
  4. Recognize the value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access


Thursday, June 15, 2023 – 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Webinar Description:

Now that you’re READY, Building Bridges: A Journey to Cultural Proficiency session two focuses on the ways in which we can develop greater understanding, empathy and ultimately respect. Respect is built by assessing and addressing biases (both conscious or unconscious) that may be impacting our work. Once we can own our biases, without shame or blame, it positions us to implement specific techniques to “clean up” our act.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the dynamic impact of implicit bias on decision making, treatment of others and the environment we collectively create at work 
  2. Assess any implicit biases we might possess and understand its potential impact on our work 
  3. Define Microaggressions, understand how to limit their impact and practice steps to effectively respond to them
  4. List the importance of a Bias Cleanse and how it helps us work through our biases


Thursday, June 29, 2023 – 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Webinar Description:

From such an incredible place of empathy and respect, Building Bridges Session 3 will require us to deep dive into some of the difficult topics that can keep us stuck. We will learn how to break through to release any mindsets or beliefs you may be holding onto that would impede the goal of improving the health and well-being of all Americans.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the origins and dynamics of race
  2. Describe the difficulties in addressing race and racial inequality
  3. Identify and address our personal feeling about race


Thursday, July 13, 2023 – 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Webinar Description:

It is not enough for individuals inside of an organization to be culturally proficient. To truly impact the health and well-being of all Americans, we must infuse this work into our organizations. In the final session of Building Bridges, we will establish workplace routines that allow cultural proficiency to take root. We will deep dive into the policies, procedures and processes that power our work and understand their impact on our goals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the steps to walk towards a more inclusive workplace
  2. Explain the impact of daily decisions on our agency’s vision for diversity
  3. Demonstrate the use of strategies to build cultural proficiency into all workplace policies, processes, and procedures




Anthony PresidentMaster Trainer, International Speaker and author of the book “How You Can Become An Invincible Social Worker: The Real Deal on Beating Burnout in Social Work”, Anthony President has empowered and inspired more than 100,000 people to perform, produce and partner better at their places of work. With his high-energy and signature humor, thousands of companies and organizations have been transformed as a result of Anthony’s work.

As Founder and Chief Training Officer for Presidential Consultants, Ohio's #1 Human Services Training Firm, Anthony also lead's a team of award-winning, internationally recognized trainers that deliver impact through training and coaching on a wide range of topics including leadership, diversity, equity & inclusion, workplace safety & wellbeing.






CeCe PresidentA high-energy, engaging speaker, trainer and coach, CeCe President has inspired and empowered tens of thousands of people across the globe to get the confidence, clarity and coaching they need to drive an organization that ignites passion, creates impact and serves customers at the highest levels.

With a twenty-five year track record as a public and private sector business executive, successful entrepreneur and effective coach, her work changes people’s lives and reshapes their organizations. A client recently shared, “CeCe has a gift which enables her to bring people to a place of clarity, mindful action and creativity. Not a lot of people can do that.”






Kami AndersonDr. Kami Anderson is an interculturalist, scholar, and language advocate. Her primary focus is family empowerment through language with an emphasis on application and confidence. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Spelman College, a Master’s degree in International Affairs/Interdisciplinary Studies in International Communication and Anthropology from American University, and a PhD in Communication and Culture from Howard University.

Dr. Kami Anderson has published extensively in both English and Spanish in scholarly and trade journals as well as in national US news publications. She has contributed articles to several edited volumes including Womanist Ethical Rhetoric: A call for liberation and social justice in turbulent times (2021, Lexington Books), Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing strength & vulnerability (2017, SUNY Press) and Still Searching for Our Mothers’ Gardens: Experiences of new, tenure-track women of color at ‘majority’ institutions (2011, University Press of America). 





CeCe NorwoodHuman services and child welfare expert and recipient of the Ohio Attorney General Special Courage Award, CeCe Norwood is an award-winning trainer, keynote speaker, author, consultant and coach. With a background in child welfare, domestic and sexual violence, as well as nonprofit management, leaders across the United States have called upon CeCe to serve in various capacities to power the organizations that empower our most vulnerable citizens.

CeCe develops and facilitates learning opportunities for caregivers and social services professionals on a variety of child welfare, sexual development, elder sexual abuse and diversity issues. CeCe holds both a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. 




Tammy Washington de SencionTammy Washington de Sencion is an international keynote speaker, sought-after trainer, and learning-industry veteran. As the author of the acclaimed book Nailed It! Be It, Do It, Achieve It!, Tammy is widely regarded as the go-to source on leadership development, high performance, and multigenerational management.

Tammy has been invited to speak to corporations including State Farm, AT&T, and The Marketing Arm. In just two years, while serving as one of the top-rated trainers for a global training and development firm, over 50,000 people across North America were inspired by Tammy; and her work continues to touch audiences from every walk of life. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and an avid volunteer, Tammy uses the skills she’s honed throughout her career to empower and uplift women of all ages.




DJ NicholsonDJ Nicholson is a seasoned educational trainer and coach and works with education professionals who support children with varying abilities. She has a life-long passion for ensuring that children with disabilities are engaged and supported in the most inclusive environment possible. Her passion for this work began in her childhood when she was on the elementary school playground; she experienced the segregation of other children with disabilities and has made it her mission to educate on the necessity of meaningful inclusion in schools.

DJ’s training superpowers include creating authentic connections with participants, building opportunities to collaborate and problem-solve, and delivering information in a manner that is engaging and fun. In addition to training school communities in inclusive practices, she coaches parents and teachers of children with disabilities in making learning accessible, engaging, and flexible.




If you are in need of any special accommodations, please notify the Central East PTTC Webinar Team three weeks in advance of the event, or as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected].

Starts: Jun. 1, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: Jul. 13, 2023 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
May 26, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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