Effective Telehealth When Working with Communities of Color​
Webinar 12

Effective Telehealth When Working with Communities of Color​

HELD: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 10:00am-11:30am (PST)

Please join us for the webinar: Effective Telehealth When Working with Communities of Color​. This is the 12th and final webinar in the series, Minimizing Disruptions in Care Through the Use of Behavioral Telehealth (Video and Phone). The goal of this webinar is to increase providers’ skill in effective outreach to communities of color so they are aware of and more likely to engage in behavioral telehealth opportunities. It also aims to offer strategies and practical tools to improve the quality of behavioral telehealth care and services to ensure they are responsive to diverse cultural behavioral health beliefs, values, practices, and preferred languages in order to decrease behavioral health disparities.

Learning Objectives include:

  1. Participants will be able to identify two strategies to increase access for communities of color to behavioral telehealth.
  2. Participants will be able to identify a minimum of three access barriers to behavioral telehealth among communities of color and strategies for eliminating these barriers to support treatment engagement.
  3. Participants will be able to describe two clinical approaches for treating depression and anxiety symptoms related to trauma and distress from COVID-19 and racism, among communities of color via behavioral telehealth.

This webinar series is intended to not only build skills in telehealth, but also to highlight some of the learning from the field in offering behavioral telehealth services. We want to hear from you so please bring your innovations, success stories and learning from your own transition to telehealth resulting from COVID-19.


Dr. Gloria Morrow is one of the nation’s leading clinical psychologists, who devoted her early career to teaching students in undergraduate and graduate psychology programs. As an academician, clinician and author, her teaching, counseling and books have helped thousands of people find true inner healing.  Dr. Gloria is the Director of Behavioral Health for Unicare Community Health Center.

As an academician and researcher, Dr. Gloria has presented the results of her research at professional conferences all over the world, including the University of Cape Town, in Cape Town, South Africa.

As a top-rated professional with profound insight in her trade, Dr. Gloria’s work has been published in scholarly journals and books.   She has also been cited in critically acclaimed national publications such as “Psychology Today,” “Jet,” “Heart and Soul,” “Essence,” “Womans Day,” and Black Enterprise.

Dr. Gloria, a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar/workshop facilitator, has shared her expertise on many topics, including depression, anxiety, marriage and relationship issues, and a variety of issues relative to people of color from all ethnic backgrounds.  She has become well known throughout the faith community because of her willingness to address the issue of mental illness in the church and the role of pastors and church leaders in granting permission for parishioners to seek mental health services outside the church when appropriate. 

Dr. Gloria is a Master Trainer for the CBMCS (California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale) Training Program, and she helped to develop the training curriculum.  This program focuses on the four major ethnic groups:  African American, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino/Mexican American, and American Indian/Native American. In addition, she has facilitated several workshops and seminars focusing on cultural competency issues.  Her work surrounding the role of Spirituality in recovery has gained notoriety with the development of a three-day training and handbook entitled S.A.F.E. (Spirituality and Faith Empowers) to equip the faith community and mental health professionals to help hurting people.  Dr. Gloria also speaks on topics focusing on trauma and domestic violence.

Dr. Gloria serves as a leadership coach who helps leaders to become more effective leaders, and organizations to become better organized and equipped for success.  She also serves as a consultant for the Healthy Heritage Movement, Inc. and is working on the “Broken Crayons Still Color” (BCSC) project, whose curriculum is based on her book, “Too Broken to be Fixed? A Spiritual Guide to Inner Healing. BCSC is funded by the State of California.  Further, she sits on the board of the California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP).

Dr. Gloria has been interviewed on a variety of radio talk shows, including KPFK 90.7 FM’s talk show, The Bev Smith Show, and The Warren Ballentine Show.  She served as a relationship expert on Radio One’s 102.5 in Atlanta for Marriage Monday with radio host Darlene McCoy.  She has been a frequent guest on the Michael Baisden Show, a nationally syndicated XM radio show and has appeared as an expert guest on his television show, Baisden After Dark on TV One.  Dr. Gloria has appeared as a frequent guest on CNN.  Dr. Gloria has also been a guest on TBN to discuss depression and grief.  Dr. Gloria hosts a Facebook live weekly show called “A Brand New Me with Dr. Gloria,” at 7:00AM/PST.

Dr. Gloria has authored several books entitled: “Too Broken to be Fixed? A Spiritual Guide to Inner Healing;”   “Strengthening the Ties that Bind: A Guide to a Healthy Marriage;” “Keeping it Real! 7 Steps Toward a Healthier You;” “The Things that Make Men Cry,” “Create Your Blueprint for Good Success” and its companion “A Life Plan Portfolio.”   She has also developed a DVD entitled: “Suffer in Silence No More” and an audio CD entitled “Maintaining Positive Emotions During Tough Times.” Her latest book entitled, Don’t Date! Investigate” is scheduled for release in 2016.  Dr. Gloria is a new playwright and wrote and produced “The Things That Make Men Cry” based on her book of the same name, “Three Times A Lady” and “Detours.”   She just completed writing the stage play “Don’t Date! Investigate,” which will be produced in 2019.  Dr. Gloria also just completed the first draft of her first feature film.

Dr. Gloria holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA; a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA.  Please visit for her complete Curriculum Vitae.

Maria J. Rea, LMFT, is the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) at the County of Marin, Department of Health and Human Services. She recently started this position and has been helping support BHRS’ efforts to reduce ethnic and racial disparities by investing more resources, training, and support for Community Health Advocate and Promotores programs in underserved communities (including Latinx individuals, mono-lingual Asian populations, and individuals living in Marin City), and increasing coordination and cultivating relationships with grassroots, faith-based, and other community providers and partners. Prior to this position, Maria was the Evidence Based Practices Lead and fostered strong relationships with key community partners and BHRS staff. She also serves as the co-lead for the BHRS LGBTQ+ work group. She was previously a therapist at an inpatient facility providing services for people with dual diagnosis. She has trained and worked in a variety of clinical settings and provided psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families, with a focus on addressing the needs and disparities in the immigrant Latinx population and LGBTQ+ communities.

Dr. Rubio has worked as a clinical child psychologist, play and expressive arts therapist, researcher, program evaluator, statistical consultant, and associate professor/lecturer in a variety of clinical and academic settings including universities, pediatric hospitals, community mental health settings, schools, and research institutes in three countries: Philippines, U.S.A., and New Zealand. He was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. 15 years ago to pursue his doctorate through the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP). He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Family emphasis from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, San Francisco. 

His clinical work was/is primarily with immigrant and multicultural children/youth and their families.  In working with clients and their families, he mostly integrates psychodynamic, attachment, family systems, multicultural, expressive arts, narrative, and CBT orientations.  

As for research interests, he explores global gender roles, therapy strategies that blend Eastern and Western paradigms, culture-specific worldviews, and diversity initiatives. He is a staunch supporter of evidence-based and deliberate clinical practice. His research work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and he has presented at annual conventions of the American Psychological Association and the American Family Therapy Academy.  

He is currently the Director of Practice Improvement and Analytics at the Children,Youth, and Families System of Care (CYFSOC) Behavioral Health Services (BHS) at the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). In that role, he plans and coordinates a clinical practice improvement and research/evaluation program focused on identifying best practices (evidence-based/informed, culturally relevant practice-based evidence) for the CYFSOC; utilizes implementation science to design implementation plans to deploy practices in a feasible and sustainable way; conducts outcome evaluations of the efforts; develops reports for the CYFSOC and other system partners on these efforts; and serves as a staff consultant on research methodology related to Children, Youth, and Families and Population Health Programs (e.g. Hope SF Wellness Centers). As a former Lead Evaluator for the San Francisco Department of Public Health he has helped develop and implement a Data Reflection to Innovate and Vitalize Effectiveness (DRIVE) initiative that encourages clinicians to routinely reflect on data outcomes of their clients as a means to improve their clinical effectiveness. He is also a Research Faculty and fellow at the Rockway Institute working on projects related to the psychosocial functioning of gay fathers and their children born through surrogacy; and mental health outcomes of same-sex couples following legal recognition of their relationships

He most recently left his Associate Professor position at the Counseling Psychology program of the Wright Institute in Berkeley. He has taught and facilitated courses like Child and Adolescent Counseling; Research-Based Practice; Clinical Assessment and Measures; Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma Counseling; Family Violence and Protection; Common Therapeutic Factors; Psychopharmacology; and a Professional Development Seminar.  

Outside his professional life, he is into long distance running, CrossFit training, electronic music, contemporary dance, horses, and mandalas. He is happily married and enjoys swimming, travelling, playgrounds, dancing, trekking, and racquet ball with his family.


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