Central Michigan University, Offices of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Forest View Hospital
Northern Lakes CMH
We bring together clinicians and representatives of the Tribal Nations community in Northern Michigan to provide a unique and valuable cultural and clinical training experience with diversity CE/CEUs for psychologists, social workers, and professional counselors. This conference seeks to train new and seasoned health providers in topics such as: recognizing and supporting clients’ sociocultural identity; understanding the historic, intergenerational, socioeconomic, and political factors that impact clients’ lives; and developing culturally-informed clinical practices to be used with children, adults, and older adults. In collaboration with community Elders from the Tribal Nations, the day-long event will include experiential and cultural components specific to Native American communities in Michigan as well as the more traditional didactic components of a clinical training event.
Workshop Overview 8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration
9:00 am - 9:30 am: Welcoming Ceremony: Community Elder, Dr. Probes, and Arlene Kashata, MA, CASC
Sharing of Anishinaabek ceremony and review of local Tribal history during the opening and closing of the conference.
-Participants will gain knowledge of cultural traditions of the Anishinaabe.
-Participants will acquire insight into the role of elders in the Tribal Nations community.
9:30 am - 10:30 am: Mentoring Diverse Adolescents to Foster Resilience: Sarah Domoff, PhD and Shuna Stevens, BS Learning objectives:
-Participants will learn about the importance of assessing cultural identity in therapy/counseling with adolescents.
-Participants will learn about the importance of cultural identity for Native people.
-Participants will acquire skills in promoting adolescent cultural identity via community connections, such as mentoring, in clinical treatment.
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 11:45 am: Integrating Spiritual Teachings to Prevent Elder Abuse: SAMHSA-Funded Video Project: Arlene Kashata, MA, CASC
-Participants will learn about risk factors for Elder abuse in Native communities.
-Participants will improve their ability to offer comprehensive mental health care by learning to recognize and respectfully work with multiple generations.
-Participants will learn to recognize and better support resiliency factors present in Native communities.
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch – Guided Discussion on Core Principles of Developing Cultural Competence: Ellen Keyt, PhD, LP -Participants will learn about the importance of reflecting upon one’s own cultural identity to foster cultural competence.
-Participants will gain tools to identify clinician’s own worldview and biases that may impact clinical practice.
-Participants will be able to identify best practices to develop cultural competence across a professional career.
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Culture, Health, and Chemical Use: Dr. Lawrence Probes
-Participants will learn cultural perspectives on mental health and substance use.
-Participants will fathom effects of social and political dynamics on public health, psychiatric care, and policies on substance abuse.
-Participants will appreciate how creative arts and language bring cultures together.
-Participants will identify the influence of Native Traditional spirituality ceremonies and medicines in regards to treating mental health issues.
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm - 4 pm Structured Processing and Closing Ceremony: Sarah Domoff, PhD, Arlene Kashata, MA, CASC, and community Elders
Building upon feedback from prior diversity-training events, Sarah Domoff, PhD and Arlene Kashata, MA, CASC will lead an hour of structured processing to demonstrate how to engage in healing intercultural conversations.
-Participants will communicate the perceived strengths and challenges to developing cultural competence.
-Participants will identify practices to enhance cultural competency.
-Participants will identify aspects of others’ worldviews that are distinct from their own.
Diversity Conference Bios
Sarah E. Domoff, PhD
Sarah E. Domoff, PhD, joined Central Michigan University in Fall 2016 and directs the Family Health Lab in the Department of Psychology. She completed her doctoral training at Bowling Green State University in Clinical Psychology (Child Clinical concentration) and post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan. In 2015, Dr. Domoff received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32HD085684) from the NICHD to examine low-income mothers’ beliefs about media and family mealtime practices as predictors of childhood obesity risk. Broadly, Dr. Domoff’s research program seeks to promote the health and well-being of diverse, under-served children and families, with a specific focus on childhood obesity prevention and healthy media use. Dr. Domoff supervises the research of first-generation college students and under-represented students in the McNair Scholars program at CMU. In addition to her research focus, Dr. Domoff incorporates her passion for social justice and health equity in her clinical work and teaching. She is the Chairperson for the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Responsibility committee of the Michigan Psychological Association and teaches the required Ethnic and Minority Issues in Therapy for the students in the Clinical Psychology and School Psychology doctoral programs at CMU.
Lawrence M. Probes, MD, PLLC
Dr. Probes graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 1971, and after entering Eastman School of Music he changed career direction and returned to his hometown, Fort Worth, where he attended Texas Christian University. During premedical studies, he played bassoon in the Ft. Worth Symphony, then he went on to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After graduating in 1978 Dr. Probes moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he completed his residency in psychiatry through Michigan State University. During his 28 years in Grand Rapids, Dr. Probes worked in many public and private mental health settings. He became interested in peacemaking, citizen diplomacy, humanitarian work, public health, and efforts to prevent nuclear war. He joined Physicians For Social Responsibility and International Physicians For The Prevention Of Nuclear War. Dr. Probes studied Russian and became professionally fluent, and after many trips to Russia and the USSR he worked in 1992 as medical director of the Moscow Regional Delegation of the International Red Cross. Dr. Probes speaks Russian, Spanish, German, Arabic and Frisian. He has traveled to 36 countries. He has worked for the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Denmark. Throughout his medical career and extensive travels, Dr. Probes continued his music, playing bassoon in the Grand Rapids and Traverse Symphony Orchestras. Now "Doc Probes" lives in Traverse City and works for the Pine Rest TC Clinic and the Grand Traverse Band Behavioral Health Services. He performs more than 150 music shows a year as a popular musician, singing and accompanying himself on guitar and piano as a solo artist, as well as with his family band, Cherry Blossom Ramblers, and his tribute band, Peter Paul & Mary Remembered. Dr. Probes says, "Music makes me a better doctor."
Arlene Kashata, MA, CSAC
Arlene Kashata, MA CSAC, is a citizen of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians in Michigan with an MA in Educational Leadership/School Principalship and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Indian Studies. During her undergraduate studies, she received the honor of being chosen the National Indian Student of the Year Award for all American Indian/Alaskan Native Students in October 1989. Arlene is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with 20+ years’ experience and currently is the GTB Department Manager for Human Services. She is a TA consultant for SAMHSA, for Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan ATR III & IV and a grant reviewer for ANA. For the past 20 years, she has been a cultural consultant/speaker in educational settings and conferences. Arlene’s personal experiences and childhood challenges have inspired her to help Native people gain knowledge and understanding for changing the outcomes of intergenerational trauma for themselves, their families and their Tribal communities. Arlene, a Traditional Pipe Carrier for the past 33 years, incorporates Traditional Ceremonies and Teachings to promote healing and growth for Native People on their road to sobriety.
Shuna Stevens, BS
I have more than ten years of experience in the human services field specifically working for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. I have a passion for working in my tribal community with youth and families through outreach, community education, and cultural activities. Education is something that my mother instilled in me as a necessity to live mino bimaadiziwin (a good life) in the two worlds I walk in, being successful in this modern world while still practicing traditional ways. I was fortunate to have a foundation of cultural teachings and practices that were a normal way of life for me. However, I have seen some struggle with finding where they belong. Our tribal culture is a place where our youth and families should have a sense of belonging and where they want to continue to learn and grow. Sometimes they just need help making the connections necessary to find their way. My goal is to support people in their attainment of necessary skills (both modern and traditional) to live mino bimaadiziwin.
Ellen Keyt, PhD
Ellen Keyt, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in Dearborn, Michigan, who is personally and professionally dedicated to issues of diversity and social justice. For the past twenty years, she has built experience as a clinician, consultant, clinical supervisor, crisis intervention team member, speaker, researcher, and social justice activist. She works in private practice and is currently serving on the Michigan Psychological Association (MPA) Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Responsibility. Dr. Keyt works collaboratively to support initiatives such as suicide prevention, SAFE training, and trauma survivor services. In her personal life, Dr. Keyt is a musician, yoga enthusiast and retired rugby player who can often be found camping with her dog and various friends around the U.S. and Canada.
8:00 am Registration Program 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
Grand Traverse Resort 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd Acme Township, MI 49610