Northwestern to host conference on culturally responsive practice

Hispanic familyNorthwestern College will host a workshop titled “Culturally Responsive Practice: Engaging with the Latino Population” on Friday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place in the college’s DeWitt Theatre Arts Center.

During the workshop, attendees will learn how to build authentic relationships with the Latino population and how to bring cultural sensitivity, awareness and responsiveness to both their professional practices and community connections. Individuals who work in health care, education, social work, ministry and mental health fields are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Carlos CanalesDr. Carlos Canales, a licensed clinical psychologist and certified group psychotherapist, will lead the workshop. Fluent in several therapies, Canales has worked in multiple counseling centers, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and community mental health centers. He has developed an emphasis in the treatment of Latino clients. Canales is the co-founder of Vida Psychotherapy, a group clinic in West Des Moines, Iowa, and is president of the Iowa Psychological Foundation.

Registration for the Culturally Responsive Practice workshop is required by Feb. 3. The $65 registration fee includes lunch. Continuing education and license renewal credits are available for educators, nurses, social workers and mental health professionals. More information about the workshop and the registration form can be found at

Canales will also speak at Northwestern’s “Juntos” event for the Latino community on Feb. 7. The free event will be offered in Spanish only and take place in the college’s Rowenhorst Student Center from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will include dinner, a presentation on mental health and trauma by Canales, and activities for youth. More information about Juntos can be found at

The workshop and community night are offered in partnership by Northwestern’s social work and graduate and adult learning departments, Orange City Area Health System, Promise Community Health Center, Sioux Center Health and Sioux County Community Health Partners.