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Tailoring Treatment for Gender and Sexually Diverse Latinx Youth with Suicidal Behaviors

1:00pm - June 18, 2020 | Timezone: US/Eastern
National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC
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This one and half hour online session will provide to mental health providers information about a tailored CBT for Latinx youths. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for depressed Latinx youths as well as White youths with depression and suicidal behaviors. However, evidence-based treatments for ethnic minority and gender and sexually diverse youth, including Latinx teens with suicidal behaviors, is limited. A culturally centered CBT treatment protocol for suicidality (Socio-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidal Behavior-SCBT-SB) was developed in Puerto Rico to address the specific needs of Latinx teens and their families. The SCBT-SB addresses central issues in adolescent identity formation (e.g. ethnicity and sexual orientation) along with family interactions and communication. Further modifications were done to expand the SCBT-SB applicability to Latinx families in the USA. The feasibility of this modified version of the SCBT-SB was tested in the USA by conducting a pilot randomized clinical trial (RCT) of the SCBT versus treatment-as-usual (TAU) in a real-world setting with positive results. A randomized clinical trial is underway, funded by the National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities (NIMHD), to test the efficacy and effectiveness of the SCBT-SB. The rationale for developing a culturally centered CBT protocol, the change model, and its main components will be presented. 

Who should attend? This is an intermediate level online event designed for psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, counselors, graduate students, and other mental health providers.  



About the presenter: 

Yovanska Duarte-Vélez, Ph.D. - Received her Ph.D. from the University of Puerto Rico and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and Bradley Hospital. Dr. Duarte-Vélez is also a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience with children and families from diverse backgrounds. Her work has focused on the assessment and treatment of Latinx youth with suicidal behaviors in the context of their family and society. Her research interests are to develop and tailor treatments for diverse populations. She started her career as a clinical researcher in Puerto Rico, where she developed a CBT protocol that addresses culture and adolescence developmental stage as central components in treatment, the Socio-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidal Behaviors (SCBT-SB) supported by the AFSP. She transported this protocol from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island to expand its applicability to Latinx youth living in the USA through an NIMH training grant. Dr. Duarte-Vélez completed a pilot randomized clinical trial (RCT) of the SCBT-SB versus Treatment as Usual (TAU) in a “real world” setting. Currently, she is conducting a randomized clinical trial to test the efficacy and effectiveness of the SCBT-SB funded by the National Institute on Minority and Heath Disparities.


Please read the following before registering: 

  • The National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center use GoToWebinar as our online event system. 

  • Audio for the event is accessible via the internet. To receive audio, attendees must join the event by using computers equipped with speakers or dial in via telephone. 

  • After registration, a confirmation email will be generated with instructions for joining the event. To avoid problems with log-in, please use the confirmation email to join the event.