Category: Cultural Diversity / Vulnerable Populations

Symposium

Symposium 73 - Adaptations of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Diverse Groups Living With or at Risk for HIV

Saturday, November 18
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Indigo Ballroom E, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Cultural Diversity/ Vulnerable Populations | HIV / AIDS | Treatment-CBT
Presentation Type: Symposium

While there is overwhelming support for the benefits of cognitive behavioral treatments, further adaptations to cognitive behavioral treatments are needed in order to address pertinent issues for individuals who may be marginalized on the basis of being sexual minorities, racial minorities, polysubstance users, and/or living with stigmatized chronic illnesses such as HIV. Recent literature has begun to show support for the benefits of adapting CBT for diverse populations, however ongoing efforts are needed.


Our symposium will present four papers. First, Dr. Dale will describe treatment outcomes from a pilot study of a cognitive behavioral treatment to improve medication adherence and reduce trauma symptoms among Black women living with HIV in the U.S. The intervention combines evidence-based CBT strategies for trauma symptom reduction, strategies for coping with racial and HIV-related discrimination, gender empowerment, and problem solving techniques for medication adherence.  From baseline to the 3-month post-intervention visit women showed an increase in medication adherence and a decrease in trauma symptoms. Second, Dr. Boroughs will present data from an open pilot of a transdiagnostic CBT integrated treatment platform to address bullying sequelae among emerging adult sexual minority men where reductions in sexual risk were found.Third, Dr. Batchelder will describe a low-cost transdiagnostic emotion regulation intervention to improve HIV self-care among polysubstance users in San Francisco. The intervention includes a small number of individual sessions and an innovative bidirectional text platform that queried about emotion, ART adherence, and substance use. Fourth, Dr. Hart will present data on a novel HIV prevention treatment that incorporates CBT for social anxiety disorder and substance use management with sexual risk reduction for gay and bisexual men.  At 6-month follow-up, men demonstrated significantly lower social anxiety, alcohol misuse, and decreased numbers of condomless anal sex partners.  


Dr. Jessica Magidson will serve as the discussant and bring together both the common and divergent themes in each study presented and the implications for how CBT may be adapted to meet the needs of diverse and marginalized groups living with or at risk for HIV. 

Learning Objectives:

Sannisha K. Dale

Assistant in Psychology and Instructor
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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Jessica F. Magidson

Instructor
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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    Sannisha K. Dale

    Assistant in Psychology and Instructor
    Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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    Michael Boroughs

    Assistant Professor
    University of Windsor

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    Abigail W. Batchelder

    Instructor
    Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, University of California, San Francisco

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    Trevor A. Hart

    Ryerson University

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