Presenters: Honorable Erica Yew, Jorge Wong, PhD
Historically, traditional Asian cultures have viewed issues of substance abuse and other addiction disorders (i.e. gambling), domestic violence, and mental illness as stigmas and the source of shame for the individual and the family. There is a strong and broad-based preference for silence on these subjects and individuals who talk about family problems with “outsiders” often suffer emotional and even physical restraints from a large family circle. As a result, studies have shown that there is under-reporting of family and social challenges such as addiction, domestic violence, and mental illness in the Asian American community. How do clinicians penetrate that barrier to form an open and trusting relationship with the individual? How do professionals help when culture and family expectations pull the individual back into denial? How do practitioners awaken the individual without up-ending an entire culture or alienating the individual from his or her family or cultural identity? This workshop will provide drug court professionals the tools and guidance to better serve families from Asian Pacific Islander cultures.
Below are some resources mentioned in the presentation or were used in the development of its content:
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Recommendations for the Treatment of API Populations (Iwamasa, Asian American Psychological Association)
Changing Lives and Saving Families – a video from AADAP.