Clinical Work with Latinos: Integrating Research into Best Practices

Price: $62.00
Online Workshop: 2.5 CE Credit Hours
Instructor: Esteban V. Cardemil, PhD

This workshop will provide an overview of the clinical issues relevant to working with Latinos. In order ground the presentation in the must current research, we will summarize the most recent data regarding risk and protective factors for mental disorders, the persistent healthcare disparities, and the evidence regarding effective psychological treatments for Latinos. We will then present and discuss the most current scholarship regarding cultural adaptation of interventions and cultural competence when working with Latinos. The workshop will conclude with concrete recommendations for psychologists working with Latinos. Throughout the workshop, attention will be given to the considerable sociodemographic variability that exists Latinos, including national origin, acculturation and generational status, and adherence to cultural values.

The overarching goal is for attendees of the workshop to develop an understanding and familiarity with the most salient cultural issues to consider when working with Latinos. More specific objectives include becoming familiar with:
1.    the landscape of epidemiological and healthcare disparity research that is related to how and when Latinos seek psychotherapy;
2.    the evidence supporting particular forms of psychotherapy for Latinos;
3.    the process by which interventions have been adapted for use with Latinos; and
4.    how to best implement culturally competent psychotherapy with Latinos

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Esteban V. Cardemil, PhD
, is currently a Professor at Clark University. Dr. Cardemil's research focuses on the understanding and addressing the mental healthcare disparities in the United States that continue to disproportionately affect individuals from low-income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. His research program includes both applied and basic research that lie at the intersection of cognitive-behavioral theories, prevention science, and cultural and contextual approaches. Current research projects take place in the local community. One ongoing research project is an NIMH-funded mixed-methods investigation of a help-seeking for depression among Latino men. Other research projects investigate the effects of culture and gender in a variety of contexts, including middle- and high-school urban children, Latino families, and the therapy process. In addition, Dr. Cardemil has written about the incorporation of considerations of race, ethnicity, and culture into psychotherapy practice and research.