PRIDE Institute presents at the Minnesota Psychiatric Society’s Event!

We are so pleased to announce our Director of Clinical Services, Todd Connaughty, will be presenting on the subject of “LGBT Insights to Improve Clinical Treatment” at the MN Psychiatric Society!

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Cultural Psychiatry; Exploring Intersections & Building Bridges

Fri., Nov. 13th – Vadnais Commons, 655 E. County Rd F.
Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

If you are a clinician working in the field, RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!
MPS member discounts apply. Join APA/MPS. Scholarships for Residents, Medical Students and Psychiatric Trainees are available. Call 651-407-1873 for more information.


Cultural differences may impact certain psychiatric diagnosis, and have implications on treatment planning, and subsequently, treatment adherence and effectiveness. A recent poll of Minnesota psychiatric providers revealed nearly all were interested in learning about how culture shapes illness presentation and treatment.” This educational activity is intended for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, psychologists, advance practice registered nurses, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, case managers, trainees, chaplains and other professionals who have an interest in education, research advocacy and the cultivation of a clinical practice approach that embodies curiosity about and sensitivity to the diverse sociocultural & religious / spiritual backgrounds of our patients. The conference will allow attendees an opportunity to self-reflect on this process with the goal of improving patient care and reducing mental health disparities. Participants will gain information to improve clinical skills, and professional readiness to serve Minnesota’s increasingly diverse community.


Following attendance, participants will be able to: •Integrate the cultural formulation interview to allow for effective and sensitive engagement of our diverse patient populations
•Address disparities and barriers across various groups in the provision of mental health treatment.
•Provide exposure to local and national community behavioral health resources
•Review patient centered care including use of cultural psychopharmacology


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Minnesota Psychiatric Society.
The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychiatric Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program Agenda
7:30 am Registration
& Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Keynote
Between Don Quixote and Hamlet: Perspectives on contemporary Cultural Psychiatry
Renato Alarcon, MD, MPH
9:15 am
Ethics in Psychiatric Practice from a Sociocultural Perspective
Joseph J Westermeyer, MD, MPH
10:15 am Break
10:30 am
Searching for Clinical Reality – A Framework for Cultural Psychiatry
Madhuri Shors, MD, MPH; Jerome L. Kroll, MD
11:30 pm Lunch
12:15 pm Keynote
Culturally Appropriate Assessment: Using the DSM-5 Outline for Cultural Formulation and Cultural Formulation Interview
Russell Lim, MD, MEd
1:30 pm
Patient/Family Member Panel
Moderator: Donald Banik, DO, MPH
2:00 pm
In Their Own Words: Training Muslim Religious Leaders to Reduce Stigma and Improve Access to Mental Health Care
Ahmed Hassan, PhD
2:35 pm Break
2:50 pm
Measurement Across Cultures
James Wojcik, PhD; Saul Alamilla, PhD, MS
3:25 pm
LGBT Insights to Improve Clinical Treatment
Todd Connaughty, MA, LADC
4:00 pm
Cultural Psychopharmacology
Galen Stahle, MD, DLFAPA; Bruce Field, MD
5:00 pm Adjourn