CE Dinner Series, Part II: An Overview of Working with Asian Americans in Mental Health Treatment

Constellation Behavioral Health
Clinical Professional Dinner Series


Part II: An Overview of Working with Asian Americans in Mental Health Treatment

Presented by Dr. Michael Miyasato with the Wise Mind Institute


Thursday, June 22nd
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Donata Enoteca
1041 Middlefield Road | Redwood City, CA

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join
Constellation Behavioral Health for the second part of a three-part dinner series.

Dinner and refreshments will be provided.
As space is limited, a RSVP is required for this event.


6:30 pm – 7:00 pm:  Registration & Networking
(No CEC’s provided for this portion)

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation by Dr. Michael Miyasato
1 APA CE credit hour or 1 CAMFT CE credit hour

8:00pm -8:30pm: Q&A, Sign-out, and Networking
(No CEC’s provided for this portion)

There is no cost for this event.

Please contact Stephanie Klindt at sklindt@constellationbh.com or 415-300-5036 at least 24 hours prior to the event if you need to cancel your seat.




Dr. Michael Miyasato earned his M.A. and Psy.D. from John F Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. He has provided therapy services in a wide range of settings including community mental health clinics, schools, forensic day programs, probation, and several non-profits.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Girls Incorporated of Alameda County in Oakland, CA focusing on adolescents, young adults, and their families.  Michael is currently a registered post-doctoral Psychological Assistant (PSB 94022816) at The Wise Mind Institute, under the supervision of Dr. Wes Pederson (PSY 26040). At the Wise Mind Institute, Dr. Miyasato specializes in treating Asian Americans in individual and family therapy. Recently, Dr. Miyasato has focused on problems of over control and overachieving in these populations.

Dr. Michael Miyasato is also a passionate researcher who is working towards improving the field of psychology’s understanding of Asian Americans. His dissertation focused on how to improve mental health services for Asian Americans and emphasized the need for a more nuanced understanding of Asian Americans as a whole.


Asian Americans are a diverse heterogeneous group made up of dozens of unique cultures and languages. To assume one Asian culture is the same as another is inappropriate. That being said, due to Asian American’s niche in American culture, certain things can be said to affect the populations as a whole. For example, the model minority myth continues to impact Asian youth regardless of specific culture. The way Asian American populations seek out, participate in, or avoid mental health treatment is nuanced and complicated but certain prevailing factors have emerged in the research. Factors like appropriate language services, multicultural training, and matching cultures of client to therapist can reduce dropout rates and improve treatment outcomes.  Once Asian American clients are in treatment, they may present certain issues in nuanced ways that differ from the general population. The presentation will provide methods to avoid common pitfalls in treating Asian American clients, including learning: when to seek consultation to learn about the nuances of the specific culture of the client being treated; how to conduct thorough assessments that include acculturation level, immigration history, values, and expectations of treatment;  and how to check assumptions, biases, and blind spots.


At the conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss why it is inappropriate to assume all Asian American ethnic sub-groups (i.e. Chinese, Indian, Hmong, etc.) are the same or should be treated the same.
  2. Identify a few of the ways Asian American populations are likely to seek out, participate in, or avoid mental health treatment.
  3. Discuss basic techniques to avoid common misunderstandings, mistakes, and assumptions made when treating Asian American clients that result in treatment failure.

Continuing Education:

If all criteria is met, participant will receive a course completion certificate via email within seven (7) business days of completing the course and evaluation form.

Target Audience: LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs, Introductory Level

(1) CE credit offered for this event

Constellation Behavioral Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Constellation Behavioral Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Constellation Behavioral Health (Approval #: 134068) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to offer continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. Constellation Behavioral Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please check with your respective boards to confirm acceptance of these credits.

All CE event venues are toured by CE Administration prior to approval for sponsoring a CE event, to ensure all ADA standards are met.  If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office at least 7 days in advance of the event so that we can ensure accommodations are made.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

If you have questions or concerns contact: Ms. Christi Cessna, M.S., CE Administrator, 591 Redwood Highway, Suite 5220, Mill Valley, California 94941