101473: Enhancing the Cultural Relevance of Empirically-Supported Mental Health Interventions

About the Course:

Evidence-based practice (EBP) has become a hot topic in clinical social work and other mental health disciplines. Mental health professionals have called attention to the need for clinical decisionmaking to be based on the best available empirically supported treatments integrated with client preferences, values, and circumstances. This movement has greatly stimulated mental health professionals to develop, test, and adopt efficacious treatments for clients, but what is missing in the literature is the cultural context in which these treatments must be implemented to be effective with racial/ethnic minority populations. Herein, we utilize the culturally centered framework of Bernal, Bonilla and Bellido (1995) to examine its utility in assessing to what extent empirically supported mental health treatments incorporate culturally relevant components.

Journal/Publisher:

Alliance for Children and Families/Families in Society

Publication Date:

2008/Vol.89,No.4

Authors

Kyalen O. Conner, MSW, LSW; Nancy K. Grote, PhD, MSW

About the Authors:

Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh

Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about evidence-based practice (EBP) that is culturally relevant for racial/ethnic minority populations. It is appropriate for participants with an introductory or intermediate level of knowledge about the topic.
COURSE SYLLABUS I. Evidence-Based Practice and its Relevance to Social Work
II Culturally Competent, Empirically-Supported Mental Health Intervention
III Enhancing the Cultural Relevance of Empirically-Supported Mental Health Interventions IV Conclusions and Future Research Directions

Course Objectives:

  1. Consider the extent to which empirically supported mental health treatments incorporate culturally relevant components.

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