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

June 14, 2022

Part I: June 22nd, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET (1.5 hrs)

Part II: June 28th, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET (1.5 hrs)

Workshop Description:

This three hour online session will provide information about a culturally-centered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for Latinx youths with suicidal behaviors (Socio-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidal Behavior-SCBT-SB) and diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. Evidence-based treatments for ethnic minorities and gender and sexually diverse youth, including Latinx youth with suicidal behaviors, is limited.  The SCBT-SB was developed to address the specific needs of Latinx youth and their families. The SCBT-SB focuses on central issues in adolescent identity formation (e.g., ethnicity and sexual orientation) along with family interactions and communication. 

The workshop will consist of two sections. Part I, will be directed to describe tailoring treatment for LGBTQ+ Latinx youth, and Part II, will be directed to explain how to work with their caregivers.

Learning Objectives: 1) Provide basic information about the relevance of affirmative care for LGBTQ+ Latinx youth; 2) Introduce the Socio-cognitive behavioral therapy for suicidal behaviors (SCBT-SB); and 3) Describe tailoring treatment for gender and sexually diverse Latinx youth and their caregivers.

Who should attend? This is an intermediate level workshop designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, graduate students, and other mental health providers, as well as for other related professionals providing support and care to youth and families.  

About the Speaker:


Yovanska Duarté-Vélez, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Brown University and Bradley Hospital

Dr. Duarté-Vélez received her PhD 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. Duarté-Vélez is also a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience with children and families from diverse backgrounds. Her research interests are to develop and tailor treatments for diverse populations (e.g. ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender) according to their needs and cultural values. Dr. Duarté-Vélez completed a pilot randomized clinical trial (RCT) of the SCBT-SB versus Treatment as Usual (TAU) in a “real world” setting with positive results. 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 Health Disparities.

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