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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Culturally Adapted Therapy to Work with Latino Families

1:00pm - August 19, 2020 | Timezone: US/Eastern
National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC
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*Postponed from July 30th due to bad weather conditions experienced in our region by tropical storm Isaias*

This one and half-hour online session will discuss the Culturally Modified-Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CM-TFT). CM-TFT is an Evidence-Based Therapy proven to be effective for Hispanic and Latino children and adolescents that experienced traumatic events. The adaptations (CM-TFT) include culture-specific topics like spirituality, gender roles, family, personalism, respect, among other cultural elements. The therapy's main goals are to identify trauma experiences, provide psychoeducation, increase affect regulation, identify cultural considerations, process adverse experiences in a safe environment, in-vivo exposure, and enhance safety. During this presentation, participants will be able to recognize TF-CBT components using a case study of a 6-year-old girl from El Salvador exposed to domestic violence. Participants will learn how to include cultural adaptations while providing therapy to Latino clients and their families. Finally, participants will familiarize with resources and recommendations on TF-CBT for Latinos children and youth. .


Who should attend? This is an intermediate-level workshop designed for mental health providers, school mental health providers, and school administrators.




About the presenter: 

Isa I. Vélez Echevarría, PsyD - Dr. Isa Vélez is a clinical psychologist and a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals since 2018. She obtained a certification as Interpersonal Psychotherapy Clinician, was trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, and Neurofeedback. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Community Services Institute in Boston, MA., where she provided home-based and school-based psychotherapy for communities of color. She is currently working as a clinical psychologist aT A&R Behavioral Associates and as a Training and Content Specialist for the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC, at the Universidad Central del Caribe, in Bayamon, PR.


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. 

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