The Federal Office of Minority Health developed 15 standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), which represent a “gold standard” for providing culturally responsive care. This training will introduce the national CLAS standards as a framework for providing responsive, respectful and equitable behavioral health care for Asian Americans. Following the training, participants will be able to summarize the main themes and purpose of the national CLAS standards, and articulate practical steps towards implementing concepts and principles of the CLAS standards to serve Asian American clients.
Michael Liao’s career in social work has spanned various settings—including child welfare, domestic violence prevention, supervised visitation, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. Michael is currently the Director of Programs for NICOS Chinese Health Coalition. Since 2004, Michael has been providing cultural responsiveness training on a wide range of topics including implicit bias and widening our personal lens, cross-cultural communications, Asian American cultural issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and anti-oppressive practices, for a wide variety of audiences.