ABOUT THIS RESOURCE
This is the first of three webinars on the topic of Increasing Cultural Connection with Hispanic and Latinx Clients offered in collaboration with the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC. This webinar discusses cultural needs and treatment adaptations that can best serve the Hispanic and Latinx populations.
Culture has proven to be the foundation of the working relationship with all populations. A positive cultural connection has been proven to increase the success of clinical interventions and prevent early termination. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to gain awareness of the cultural needs and treatment adaptations that can best serve the Hispanic and Latinx populations. In addition to identifying cultural needs, this workshop will also provide options for cultural assessment in the client-clinician-supervisor relationship and within the organization. Lastly, this presentation will provide guidance as to specific cultural adaptations that clinicians can make to their evidence-based practices to increase the success of treatment.
Participants in this workshop will be able to:
- Identify specific cultural needs of the Hispanic and Latinx clients
- Assess the cultural dynamic of the client-clinician-supervisor relationship
- Assess the organizational environment to identify cultural adaptation needs
- Incorporate strategies to effectively engage and intervene with Hispanic and Latinx clients
- Presentation slides
- Highlights & Key Concepts Document
- Addressing Latinx Health Disparities in the U.S.
- Book: ¿Quiénes somos y de dónde venimos? A Historical Context to Inform Mental Health Services with Latinx Populations
- U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts
Michelle Evans, DSW, LCSW, CADC
Dr. Michelle Evans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider and Evaluator. She has worked in primarily with the Latinx population throughout her career as a child welfare specialist and forensic evaluator and treatment provider. She is currently the Hospital Administrator for Elgin Mental Health Center in Elgin, Illinois, a state forensic psychiatric hospital. She is in private practice at Nickerson & Associates, PC as a bilingual therapist where she treats adults and adolescents with mental health issues, substance abuse issues and sex addictions. She also teaches on these topics at Aurora University and University of Chicago. Previously, she was the Assistant Dean for Health Professions and Public Service at Waubonsee Community College, and she has held other positions within private psychiatric hospitals. Throughout her career, she has worked to increase equity, justice and cultural awareness in these institutions. Michelle Evans earned a Doctor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois.