Robert Lee Sutherland Seminar XIV
Transforming Mental Health Services in Texas: Building Bridges between Cultural Competence and Evidence-Based Practices
With a growing call for mental health providers to use evidence-based practices, the question has arisen, "evidence-based for whom?" Little research on evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy has been conducted with populations of color. Although there are preliminary data to suggest that these practices can be effective for populations of color, less is known about how to modify the treatments to make them consistent with the cultures of diverse populations.
To explore these questions, the Hogg Foundation hosted "Transforming Mental Health Services in Texas: Building Bridges between Cultural Competence and Evidence-Based Practices" in Houston on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2006. The conference provided a wealth of information and perspectives on the cultural adaptation of evidence-based practices.
The seminar's theme grew out of the foundation's new cultural adaptation initiative. Cultural adaptation is the process of adjusting the delivery of mental health services to be consistent with the client's culture. Through the initiative, the foundation is promoting the development of culturally adapted evidence-based practices. The foundation's goals for the initiative are to generate knowledge about culturally competent delivery of evidence-based practices and, ultimately, to increase the availability of effective mental health services for people of color.
Conference Presentations and Materials
Exemplary Programs in the Community Using Culturally Competent and/or Evidence-based Approaches:
Assessment and Treatment
Current Cultural Adaption Initiative Grantees:
Critical Issues in Cultural CompetenceBeyond "One Size Fits All": Adapting Evidence-Based Interventions for Ethnic Minorities