Are we doing what we think we’re doing? Providing culturally competent mental health care to immigrants and refugees

Are we doing what we think we’re doing? Providing culturally competent mental health care to immigrants and refugees


Wednesday January 31, 2018


9am - 10am



Cultural competence is increasingly regarded as a necessary skill for health service providers and is recognized to facilitate effective and equitable treatment to patients or clients. How do we provide culturally competent services to immigrants and refugees? How do we know we’re actually practicing cultural competence?

 In this webinar, Linda Kongnetiman, Manager, Provincial Addiction & Mental Health at Alberta Health Services, discusses the needs of immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized (IRER) populations, the potential barriers they may experience when it comes to mental health and addiction treatment and services, and strategies for how health service providers can apply culturally competent care. 

This one-hour webinar include a 30-minute presentation by professionals in the settlement, social services or health care field followed by a 30-minute "Q&A" session where audience members are encouraged to ask questions, pose scenarios or contribute comments. 

CAMH Refugee Mental Health Project

Looking for more information about cross-cultural mental health literacy projects, as well as mental health & substance use resources available in different languages?  
Visit our Kelty Cross-Cultural page here





Linda Kongnetiman


Linda Kongnetiman, BSW, MSW, PhD(c), RSW, Manager, Information and CYFI Standards, Provincial Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.