Join the Conversation: Familia Adelante (Multi-risk Reduction Behavioral Health Prevention for Latino Youth & Families)

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About the Session:

In this second 90-minute session of the Culturally Responsive Evidence-Based and Community-Defined Practices for Mental Health Series, we will:

  • Discuss how Familia Adelante (FA) is being implemented with various cultural groups across the Network/in different regions.
  • Highlight additional culturally responsive “FA practices” being utilized across the Network/in different regions.
  • Share lessons learned during the implementation of FA (i.e., Balancing FA and the cultural needs of the people served).

Session Materials:

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Session Facilitators and Panelists:


Isa I.  Vélez  Echevarría, PsyD is a clinical psychologist. She obtained a certification as Interpersonal Psychotherapy Clinician, was trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Therapy. 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 Training and Content Specialist for the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC, at the Universidad Central del Caribe, in Bayamon, PR.


Richard Cervantes, PhD is Research Director of Behavioral Assessment, Inc. He served as Research Psychologist at the UCLA Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center, and held a full-time faculty appointment in the USC School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cervantes was the Principal Investigator for the NIH funded study, “Development of the Hispanic Stress Inventory-2” and PI on the recently completed study “Familia Adelante: A multi risk Prevention Program for Hispanic Youth”. Dr. Cervantes is also a leader in evaluation science with special expertise in cultural competency and cross-cultural instrument development.


Ari Acosta (she/ella) is the bilingual Behavioral Health Equity Specialist for the South Southwest MHTTC, housed at the University of Texas at Austin, where her work entails the coordination of training and technical assistance to behavioral health, health, and social services providers on culturally and linguistically appropriate services, addressing behavioral health disparities, and promoting health equity to diverse communities. She has a background in Social and Clinical Psychology and three masters degrees (Women and Gender Studies, Sexuality Counseling and Women’s Human Rights) plus eight years of experience as an Assistant Professor and Human Rights Specialist in Venezuela, where she’s originally from. Ari has provided many trainings and presentations around Identity, Culture and Mental Health as well as technical assistance on how to apply the CLAS Standards and promoting equitable mental health services in Texas.


Darice Orobitg, PhD is a clinical psychologist. Dr. Orobitg worked at the PR Rape Crisis Center where, she was a therapist for children, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual violence. At the PRRCC she was also a clinical supervisor and coordinator of clinical services. Darice is currently the Training and Content Consultant for the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.


Adriana Avila-DiBello joined the AAMA family in 2006, with over 25 years working in the HIV and Communicable Diseases field and training as a Disease Intervention Specialist/Public Health Investigator. Mrs. DiBello has current oversight of the Minorities Action Program (MAP) and is committed to prevention education and maintaining a productive climate through motivating, mobilizing, and coaching employees and community to meet high performance standards in life.

June 21, 2021
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