Educational Resources

Curricula

 

Cultural Elements for Hispanic and Latino Populations

This training curriculum aims to further develop mental health providers' skills working with Hispanic and Latino populations, thus reducing disparities in services and improving outcomes. The training includes information on cultural values and their relation to symptom manifestation, help-seeking behaviors, and therapeutic processes.  Furthermore, the training addresses mental health and risk factors for Hispanic and Latino populations, promoting a strength-based approach to treatment and using the Cultural Formulation Interview as part of the assessment when working with Hispanic and Latino populations.

 

Clinical Applications of Cultural Elements for Hispanics and Latinos with Mental Health Disorders 

This training aims to increase awareness and strengthen mental health care providers' abilities in using cultural elements by promoting the use of culturally appropriate formulations when treating Latinx presenting with psychological and mental health disorders. 

 

Latinos and Suicide: A Clinician’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment

This guide is intended for mental health professionals and other health providers dedicated to delivering services to the diverse Hispanic or Latino population. It discusses suicidal behavior, demographics of the Hispanic population, risks for suicide, and prevention, intervention, recovery, and postvention.

 

A Clinician's Guide to First Episode Psychosis for Latinx Youth

Members of the Early team will present on best practices for (i) initial engagement, assessment, and family involvement, (ii) psychosocial interventions, and (iii) pharmacological treatment when working with Latinx youth experiencing psychosis for the first time. The curriculum is designed for clinicians across different disciplines who may be in contact with this population in their daily work and providing mental health services (Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatric PAs, PCPs, social workers, psychologists, school counselors, etc.).

 

Behavioral Health and Wellness in Agricultural Communities

The curriculum includes a description of the types of agricultural workers, particularities of the job, and sociodemographic information. Participants will also learn about social influencers of health and mental health, challenges, and barriers to accessing culturally responsive mental health care. The curriculum is divided into modules that address the following areas:

Module 1: Agricultural Work and the Agricultural Worker

Module 2: The Social Determinants of Health of Agricultural Workers and Issues Unique to Women and Children in Agriculture

Module 3: Mental Health Access and Outcome Considerations for Agricultural Workers

Module 4: Factors Contributing to the Success of Outreach and Enabling Services

Module 5: Using Cultural Brokers to Support the Behavioral Health Wellness of Agricultural Workers 

 

Latinx LGBTQ+: The Consequences of Intersectionality

The curriculum discusses the LGBTQ+ Affirmative Model as a recommended approach to working with Latinx LGBTQ+ communities with mental health challenges. This model works mainly with the acceptance of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression of the person served and requires that mental health professionals have the knowledge and sensitivity necessary to work with the community. 

 

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Toolkits/Handbooks

 

Cultural Adaptations of Evidence-Based Interventions for Latinx Populations (Handbook)

Underutilization of needed services can increase the disease burden among Latinos.  Culturally adapting EBTs may help increase service utilization and improve outcomes. This handbook describes cultural adaptations, how to implement them, and their impact. Professionals engaged in training and educating behavioral health care providers may find this report useful.

 

Considering Culture in Mental Health Services for Latinos: A Toolkit for Students in Behavioral Health Fields (Toolkit)

This toolkit provides the appropriate resources to teach and train students and other professionals to work in a culturally informed manner with Hispanic and Latino populations with mental health disorders. It is intended for instructors, professors, and other trainers looking to expand knowledge and gain skills to teach others how to consider culture when treating Hispanic and Latino clients.

 

 

Self-Care (Toolkit)

The American Psychological Association (APA defines self-care as “providing adequate attention to one’s own physical and emotional wellness. Furthermore, the APA refers t self-care as an “ethical imperative.” This toolkit can be used by psychologists, social workers, counselors, clinic staff, interpreters, outreach workers (promotoras), peer navigators, and others who offer mental health services to Latino communities. The content of this toolkit will focus on particular considerations for Hispanic/Latinx mental health professionals working in settings that serve Hispanic/Latinx populations, as these providers face additional challenges when taking on the cultural and linguistic broker role. This self-care toolkit will increase your awareness of the negative consequences of mental health work and will help you plan self-care activities that align with your values and lifestyle. The toolkit also contains resources to help you measure your stress levels, identify your values, and select self-care activities to prevent burnout.