Monthly Webinars


Proyecto de Understanding Severe & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) in the Latine Community:

An Introduction to Clinical Criteria, Interventions, & the Role of the Behavioral Health Provider


July 19th, 2024 from 12:00-1:30 PM EST

Presented by Joseph Perales, DrPH, LCSW


All of our monthly webinars on Latine mental health are free!

Webinar Description:

This is a foundational training for those working in behavioral health settings or for anyone seeking to increase their knowledge of Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and the common challenges associated in its treatment. We will be discussing specific considerations for working with SPMI in the Latine community.

Meet Our July Presenter:

Joseph Perales, DrPH, LCSW is the Clinical Director of Casa del Sol (CDS), an outpatient clinic providing linguistic and culturally responsive behavioral health services to the Latinx and Spanish-speaking community of Alameda, California. He obtained his Master’s in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley with an emphasis in Community Mental Health and his Doctor of Public Health from The University of Texas, Health Sciences Center. 

Prior to rejoining Casa del Sol, his scholarly work included: initiatives supporting diversion to community mental health services in behavioral health courts, incorporating behavioral health services into emergency management and disaster preparedness practices and developing the state’s first Community Health Worker/Promotora training and certification program. His primary research focuses on the role of task shifting to meet community needs in behavioral health professional shortage areas. Joseph conducted international public health research with Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine investigating pediatric solar exposure and environmental health, family interventions for cystic fibrosis, telephone interventions for tobacco cessation and exploring associations between exposure to intimate partner violence and gastroschisis. 

Joseph’s professional experience includes work in child welfare, advocacy for immigrant farmworker families, adolescent and transitional age youth, group therapy, and treatment with those experiencing severe and persistent mental illness; evidence-based practices used in case include Seeking Safety, CBT for Psychosis and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. 

Ready to Register?

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*Please note that our procedures have changed! You only need to register in one place, even if you want to receive CEUs.*

Save the Dates for Our Upcoming Webinars:

We have a packed year of webinars for you! We hope you’ll join us as we dive into the following topics in 2024.

July 12th: SPMI in the Latine Community

August 9th: Immigration ACEs in the Latine Community

September 26th & 27th: Our 2024 Conference! Learn more here.

October 11th: (Rescheduled from April 2024) Substance Use in Latine Communities

November 8th: ADHD in Latine Communities

December 13th: Early Childhood Development in Latine Communities

Registration for the above webinars will be available soon!


Continuing Education

For participants that register for continuing education, these webinars will provide:

*1.5 Contact Hours (or 0.15 CEUs): Contact Hours include CEs for Social Workers, mental health clinicians, nurses, other healthcare providers, and several other disciplines who utilize contact hours.

CEUs are calculated by tenths. Example: 0.1 CEU = 1 Contact Hour of participation.

*NBCC credit: this program is approved for 1.5 NBCC Hours

El Futuro, ACEP No. 6947 sponsors this program. This sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

Participants should confirm continuing education credit information for licensure requirements with their state licensing board(s). If you need any additional information about this webinar for your licensure, please reach out to us at

Cancellation Policy

In the event of a cancellation, we will provide notification as soon as possible so participants can adjust their schedule accordingly. Participants who need to cancel may choose to do so at any time but will not receive a Certificate of Completion.


Please contact to let us know if you need accommodations at least 1 week before an event. We will work to the best of our abilities to fulfill all accommodation requests.

Behavior and/or Comments of Concern Response Policy

We have carefully modeled the environment around our learning activities to be one characterized by mutual collegiality, kindness, and a commitment to constant learning. This environment allows providers of all disciplines, regardless of their level of experience, to feel comfortable taking part in and benefiting from our programming. We hope all La Mesita members will join us in preserving this environment we have cultivated over the years through your participation across our programming. Please reach out to us with any concerns or questions at

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