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Culturally Safe Mental Health Practice for Young People from CALD Backgrounds

Event Details
Date: 17 June 2022
Time: 11.00am-12.30pm (AEST)
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


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Trauma and mental ill-health are increasingly prevalent in Australia’s refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, resulting from experiences such as war, separation from family, resettlement and the migration process. Mental ill-health tends to start presenting in adolescence, yet CALD young people often face barriers to accessing the mental health support they need. This means young people in these communities are more likely to present to services when their mental health symptoms are severe, requiring acute responses such as inpatient care.

Culturally informed and culturally safe practices are necessary for social workers to improve mental health treatment and outcomes for CALD youth. This webinar will discuss the unique lived experiences of CALD young people in Australia, before exploring the importance of self-reflection in identifying and addressing bias in social work practice. Additionally, evidence-based frameworks and practice strategies will be presented and analysed, with specific focus on their use in supporting CALD youth and their families.

Who should attend? Graduate and emerging social workers working in youth mental health or working with CALD youth

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Consider the unique lived experiences CALD young people have, and the impact these have on mental ill-health
  • Apply critical reflection to biases relating to CALD communities
  • Understand the use of the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview to gather and organise culturally relevant clinical information
  • Apply MYAN’s ‘Good Practice Capabilities’ to support effective work with CALD young people


Sammy Huynh

Sammy is an Access Team Clinician and Enhanced Access to Mental Health Clinician at headspace, having previously worked in headspace’s Digital Mental Health Programs.

Sammy also volunteers for Social Engine, a social enterprise that facilitates the ongoing creation of job opportunities for disadvantaged young people. She also co-designed the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Youth Engagement Strategy which aims to improve the way they understand and work with young people.

Sammy was a guest speaker at Polaron’s Multicultural Mental Health Forum ‘What About the ‘Other’ 21%’ and has written articles for Pro Bono Australia ‘How we can improve mental health services for CALD communities and young people’ and YACVic’s ‘Coping with Grief During COVID-19’.

Outside of her professional and volunteering experience, Sammy also has lived experiences of mental ill-health and accessing mental health services as a CALD young person. Sammy’s experiences have shaped the way she works with her clients, valuing their unique stories and fostering connection.

Sammy is an AASW member, holds a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work from La Trobe University, and will be commencing a Doctorate in Social Work in July 2022.

Location and date

Live online
17 June 2022
11.00am-12.30pm (AEST)

A recording of the webinar will be sent to registrants via email after the event and be available to watch for 2 weeks.


Members: $90.00 (incl GST)
New Graduates, Retired and Student Members: $45.00 (incl GST)
Non-members $120.00 (incl GST)
Non member Students: $90.00 (incl GST)


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*Please note: registrations close 17 June 2022 at 10.00am AEST

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers