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Cultural Competence/Humility and Treatment Techniques that Work in the Latino Community
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When: Friday, September 20, 2019
Where: New England Association Services
2400 Post Road
Warwick, Rhode Island  02886
United States
Contact: Jack Hutson

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Rapidly changing demographics behoove clinicians to expand their worldview and therapeutic repertoire to better serve Latino clients. Working with Latino families is not a one – size fits all approach.  What is considered effective and respectful care might vary greatly from one community to another.  This workshop will teach participants to appreciate how socio-cultural background affects people’s worldviews, behavior and expectations for treatment.  

Often Latino clients are labeled as “resistant” to psychotherapy and are reported to have a high dropout rate. Many mainstream treatment techniques are often perceived as cold, off-putting or as “scolding” by Latino clients; hence they leave treatment.  However, when the clinician has a clear sense of how to utilize the Cultural Formulation from the DSM 5 to better understand how the client perceives his/her/their symptoms, the treatment is greatly fortified.

Workshop participants will gain a sense of the diversity within the Latino population and an appreciation of how the varied socio-cultural forces affect treatment.   Participants will be guided to better understand one’s own socio-cultural context and that of the client’s and the concomitant role of each in therapy.  Building on this framework, the afternoon will be spent developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural coping styles and how beliefs in Fatalismo (fatalism) and religion can facilitate treatment and improve treatment outcomes.

Beth Craft, LICSW is a bilingual LICSW with over 35 years experience working in the Latino community.  She currently leads the Latino Program at Advocates in Framingham, Massachusetts and also provides therapy to Latino children, adolescents, adults and families.  Additionally she is an adjunct professor in the Latino Leadership Program at the Boston College School of Social Work. Beth earned her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University and her Bachelor’s from Tufts University. 

At the conclusion of the workshop:
1. Participants will expand their knowledge regarding Latino sub-groups prevalent in New England, specifically Puerto Rican and Salvadoran, and the impact that country of origin has on treatment.
2. Participants will demonstrate a sense of how to utilize the Cultural Formulation framework as described in the DSM 5 to explore issues of identity, socio-political context, and alternative folk/spiritual beliefs.
3. Participants will create an awareness of and sensitivity to how socio-cultural background impacts Latinos’ perceptions of mental illness and wellness. 
4. Participants will compile strategies for the conduct of culturally competent assessment, intervention, and treatment. 
5. Participants will amplify their knowledge regarding spiritual/religious beliefs so that the therapist can incorporate them into treatment and greatly improve treatment outcomes.

• Enrollment: Enrollments are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.  This program has an enrollment limit of 40 participants.  Early enrollment is strongly encouraged.

• Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. • Workshop begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. • Workshop concludes at 4:00 p.m.

• For RIPA members the fee is $109. • For non-members the fee is $169. • For student members the fee is $54.50. • For student non-members the fee is $84.50.

Lunch Option: A bag lunch will be available for an additional charge of $15.00.  The lunch will include a sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and beverage. Choose this option on the Registration Form.

• A handling fee of $30 is deducted for cancellation prior to Friday, September 13, 2019. No refund will be made thereafter.

• Fee includes refreshment breaks.

• Participants arriving late or departing early will not receive credit or documentation of attendance.

• Participants earn 6 credits for this program. No partial credit provided. • Please submit any special needs requirements to the RIPA CPE Committee, 401-732-2400.

• Written grievances about the workshop may be addressed to the RIPA CPE Committee. • For more information about the workshop, please call the RIPA CPE Committee at 401-732-2400.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: For Psychologists: The Continuing Professional Education Committee of the Rhode Island Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Professional Education Committee maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants earn 6 credits for this program. For Social Workers and Mental Health Counselors: Applications for continuing education credits have been mailed to specific regulatory boards for approval for this workshop. Participants earn 6 credits for this program. For Other Disciplines: Call the RIPA office at 401-732-2400.