Online Course » Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion

Course Description:
Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion - Accommodations and leave for employees with behavioral health challenges, for employees caring for family members/children with differences, and entitlements for all employees
Course Objective:
  • Describe the concept of stigma and the unique forms stigma takes within the mental health workplace.
  • Articulate the value of people with lived experience in the mental health professions and research showing efficacy of peer support services.
  • Understand employment laws, protections, and guidelines mandating the employment of people with lived experience as consumers, family members of adults, parents or caregivers of children with behavioral disabilities in public mental health.
  • Understand the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and reasonable accommodations.
  • Demonstrate skills to engage in the 'Interactive Dialogue' that are necessary to assess job-related limitations due to a disclosed disability and to maximize employee success on the job.
  • Understand costs and direct/indirect benefits of providing accommodations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of resources to seek or provide reasonable accommodations.
  • Understand regulations, such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and other employment protections, and entitlements available to all employees.
  • Describe roles of policies and procedures, federal and state legislation, human resources departments, supervisors and all others in creating a culture of inclusion.
  • Describe importance and types of ongoing supports to maintain an all-inclusive workplace.
Intended Audience:
County staff, community based organizations, CA state personnel, consumers, and family members
Author Bio:
Karin Lettau, MS, Rehabilitation Counseling with concentration in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

For over two years, Karin Lettau has been the Southern Regional Technical Assistance Coordinator under the Working Well Together project. Working Well Together is a State Collaborative of four state advocacy agencies: a consumer-run agency—the California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations (CAMHPRO-PEERS), a family member organization (NAMI CA), a parent advocacy agency (UACF) and the California Institute for Mental Health. Karin relishes using her skills to develop connections and trainings, write curricula and establish collaborative projects with California counties to ensure that people with mental health challenges and their family members are prepared, recruited, employed, supported, and provided career ladders in the public mental health field.

Karin grew up as a German-American in Berlin, Germany. After work and study in Hong Kong, Karin graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a bachelor’s in Chinese Studies, and minor in education. Karin's enduring passion to contribute to resolve injustices for disenfranchised groups led her to transition from a 20 year career in sales, marketing and management, to work in public mental health.

Karin earned a master’s degree from San Diego State University, in Rehabilitation Counseling, with an emphasis in psychiatric rehabilitation in 2007. Karin worked for over five years at Mental Health Systems Inc. as an employment specialist for people with mental health challenges. She then moved to build and lead the San Diego County Peer Liaison Advocacy Program for Recovery Innovations, preparing her for regional and state level work. Karin has found great satisfaction, meaning and purpose in her life by empowering others to find their mission, voice and wellness journey.
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