NAMI NJ 2020 Virtual Multicultural Conference


Our 1st Virtual Multicultural Conference was a grand success! We thank all our speakers, attendees, volunteers, and collaborators for their contributions to a whole day’s meaningful learning and community dialogue.



“Implicit Bias in Behavioral Health Care”

Dr. Pierluigi Mancini

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New Jersey social workers will receive 2 Non-Clinical or Social & Cultural Competence
CE credits for participating in this free course.

Also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness. Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection.

The implicit associations that clinicians harbor in our subconscious cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance. These associations develop over the course of a lifetime beginning at a very early age through exposure to direct and indirect messages. In addition to early life experiences, the media and news programming are often-cited origins of implicit associations.

This workshop will examine how implicit bias can affect our delivery of services in behavioral health settings and provide tools to identify and overcome implicit bias in our practice.


– Participants will be able to identify signs of implicit bias.

– Participants will understand risk factors associated with implicit bias.

– Participants will learn strategies for reducing the effects of implicit bias on behavior.

About Dr. Pierluigi Mancini:

With over 30 years of experience in culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health treatment and prevention, Dr. Mancini is one of the most sought after national and international consultants and speakers on the subject of mental health and addiction, his areas of expertise is immigrant behavioral health and health disparities. Read more…



Our four afternoon workshops will feature NAMI NJ’s four multicultural programs and conversations regarding unique challenges and facilitators for mental health care in our diverse communities: AACT-NOW (African American), CAMHOP (Chinese American), NAMI NJ en Español* (Hispanic/Latinx) and SAMHAJ (South Asian). For more information on our multicultural programs, click here.

*NAMI NJ en Español workshop will be conducted in Spanish.