Category: Cultural Diversity / Vulnerable Populations
Keywords: Cultural Diversity/ Vulnerable Populations | ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) | Treatment-ACT
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion
Meta-analytic studies of culturally adapted psychological interventions have found medium to large effects for symptom reduction as compared to non-culturally adapted interventions. Given the promise of culturally adapted evidence based practices, this panel aims to share their experiences relevant to mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies in their psychotherapy, supervision, and clinical teaching experiences. These “third wave” CBTs may be particularly congruent with prioritizing cultural considerations. The panel will highlight various strategies for incorporating cultural processes and recognizing contextual cues to illustrate how acceptance-based therapies can be an optimal approach for cultural adaptation. The first panelist will offer the construct of psychoecocultural flexibility that integrates the ACT framework of psychological flexibility with ecological context, and cultural considerations in order to inform cultural adaptation strategies. The next panelist, with expertise in applying mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies in the face of stigma and socio-political differences, will discuss the ways in which therapists may be able to apply in-the-moment interventions to reduce in-session stigma. The third panelist, with expertise in developing an Acceptance-based Behavior Therapy (ABBT) for a specific diagnosis, will share the ways in which these interventions can be applied to ameliorate symptoms that are exacerbated by the socio-political climate. The final panelist will share examples of creating culturally-congruent metaphors and bridges between the client’s culture and ABBT. Cultural adaptation work requires awareness of self, others, and world in order to fully understand potential cultural pathways for intervention. Facilitated by the moderator, all panelists will engage in a dialogue on their own self-reflection, self-care, managing socio-political values discrepancies, cultural differences, and self-disclosure.
Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
University of Massachusetts Boston
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