The Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services of the Bay Area assists individuals and families in developing their problem-solving strategies for managing life’s challenges and transitions. Our Institute responds to the increasing need to provide culturally appropriate services for individuals and families in our communities. We offer support that affirms and promotes individuals’ and families’ cultural values, inherent worth, and dignity.
In-Home Family Support Services
Living in America and being of another culture can be a challenge for you, your children and your parents / grandparents. “This stress can create unwanted and unnecessary tensions in the family. In the privacy of your own home, we will teach the members of your family the listening and other communication skills to assist your family in increasing your level of caring and intimacy for one another while creating problem-solving strategies that are rooted in the culture, values and worldview of your family.
Mentoring and Advocacy Services
There are times in our lives when we need someone who is knowledgeable about specific social institutions in our community, such as social services, social security, and/or immigration. Our Institute will assist you in accessing city, county, state and federal programs that can enable you to create and sustain a family that is physically, mentally, socially and spiritually healthy.
Parenting Classes Training
Our Institute teaches parenting skills in a culturally-sensitive manner and with a cultural-specific curriculum that frames the skills within the values and the cultural goals of each group. At this time, the course focuses specifically on Tongan, Samoan and African American parents. Some of the parenting issues and skills addressed include communication, appropriate discipline, academic involvement, and healthy relationships. Classes are taught in English, Tongan and Samoan.
Mental Health First Aid Training
“First aid” is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis is resolved. The widespread ignorance of mental health problems adds to the stigmatizing attitudes and prevents people from seeking help. Mental Health First Aid training will empower you to provide initial support for someone with a mental health problem or who is in crisis until professional help is obtained.
For people of color, race, institutional racism, and other forms of cultural oppression are prominent issues in our lives. It is a fact that we live in a race-based society made up of a dominant group plus several racially defined groups which have been and continue to be oppressed in specific ways. Race is a social construct created by the dominant group to oppress and exclude the other groups from the power and resources of the society. No other issue in the lives of people of color shapes our identity, our development of self-esteem, and our sense of belonging as profoundly as does race and racism.
Non-Denominational Spiritual Counseling
Do you long to strengthen your relationship with your deeply held values or with what you believe to be holy and sacred? Regardless of your spiritual path or beliefs, non-denominational spiritual counselling offered by our Multicultural Institute staff can assist you in living a more spirit-centered and spirit-filled life.