Category: Cultural Diversity / Vulnerable Populations

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 26 - Considering the "Modern Family": Multicultural Identities in Family-Based CBT

Sunday, November 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom O & P, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Cultural Diversity/ Vulnerable Populations | Families | CBT
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

Family-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective intervention, yet existing research predominately includes parents and couples from majority groups (e.g., White, upper-middle SES, heterosexual, urban/suburban). As the U.S. population increasingly diversifies, there is a vital need to consider how psychological interventions (e.g., CBT) can be useful for marginalized populations that face unique challenges (e.g., discrimination), logistical barriers (e.g., costs, access to transportation), and particular perceptions about mental health. Thus, culturally-informed considerations are necessary for optimal CBT delivery. The present panel will discuss (a) unique obstacles faced by diverse families, (b) strategies for adapting CBT for diverse families, and (c) future directions for family-based CBT in diverse populations.


The panelists have dedicated their careers to studying diversity in a broad range of psychopathology (e.g., anxiety, depression, childhood externalizing disorders) and its treatment. Panelists include: (a) Deborah Jones, a renowned researcher of technology-enhanced interventions (e.g., telehealth) for low income families, (b) Christopher Martell, a leader in the field of cognitive behavioral therapy for lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients, (c) Monnica Williams, an expert in cultural adaptations of CBT for African Americans, and (d) Denise Chavira, a prominent researcher in the area of CBT for rural Latino youth and their families.


In concert with this year’s conference theme, panelists will share specific ways in which they have thoughtfully incorporated components of identity (i.e., sexual/gender, racial/ethnic, SES, rural) into family-based CBT-related research and clinical practice and reflect on how their conceptualizations have evolved over time. They will also provide suggestions for conducting research in diverse populations and further developing CBT approaches. Audience participation and questions will be encouraged.

Learning Objectives:

Christopher R. Martell

Director Psychological Services Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Deborah J. Jones

Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Lillian Reuman

Graduate Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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