Understanding Risk and Cultural Factors Contributing to Substance Use in Hispanic/Latino Immigrant Youth

***PLEASE NOTE: Each Session has a separate registration link under the Session Title. Please make sure you register for BOTH sessions.***

This FREE 2-part virtual learning series is designed to enhance education and training related to the pre and post migration risk factors that contribute to substance use disorders (SUD) among Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth and provides screening, intervention, and referral to treatment tools to non-clinical professionals working with this population. The series addresses research data related to SUD in Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth, introduces basic alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse (ATODA) training, focuses on the early identification and prevention of behavioral, and emotional problems, as well as identifying signs and symptoms of co-occurring mental health issues. The series also provides information on assessing early signs and symptoms of SUD and highlights the importance of basic parenting/caregiver supervision and monitoring for those caring for unaccompanied immigrant youth. Lastly, the presenters will discuss developmental and SUD related issues, and introduces a culturally adapted approach to delivering Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth. At the end of the 2-part virtual learning series, non-clinical professionals will have reviewed the dynamics of facilitating a culturally responsive SBIRT intervention in preventing, eliminating substance use, and supporting healthy adjustment and wellbeing in Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth.

Session 1: Early Identification of Pre and Post Migration Risk Factors of Substance Use Disorders in Hispanic/Latino Youth
Date: December 1st, 2022
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm MST/ 2:00pm-3:30pm ET

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Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic ATODA use and abuse data as it relates to the general population compared to Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth
  • Assess and identify pre and post migration trauma in early identification and co-occurring issues in relation to substance use in the Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth
  • Assess behavioral and emotional problems in early identification and prevention of substance use in Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth
  • Identify parenting related issues to promote positive parenting skills in the prevention of substance use in the Hispanic/Latino youth population


Session 2: A Migration Informed Context for Delivering Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with Hispanic/Latino Immigrant Youth
Date: January 12th, 2023
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm MST/ 2:00pm-3:30pm ET


Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • List migration related experiences that impact development and coping with immigrant youth
  • Define cultural bereavement and its correlation with substance use
  • Describe components of, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, (SBIRT)
  • Identify opportunities for cultural adaptations with SBIRT with immigrant youth
  • Identify factors of a culturally responsive rapport and engagement for screening
  • List benefits of the person-centered approach using core skills of motivational interviewing in a brief intervention interaction
  • List cultural considerations for a referral to treatment and language conducive terminology


About the Presenters

Richard Cervantes, Ph.D.
Richard CervantesDr. Cervantes is Research Director of Behavioral Assessment, Inc. Dr. Cervantes was a 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 the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cervantes is Co-Investigator on the Duke University, NIH Supported “Ser Hispano” study on acculturation stress and biomarkers. He was also the Principal Investigator for the NIH funded study, “Development of the Hispanic Stress Inventory-2” and PI on the recently completed the NIH drug prevention 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. He is the lead evaluator for the SAMHSA Hispanic and Latino Addiction and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (TTCs). He has published extensively in peer review journals, books, and special reports. He is on the editorial board for the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences and sits on a number of national, local and university based advisory boards. Dr. Cervantes received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University.


Diana Padilla, CLC, CARC, CASAC-T
Diana PadillaDiana Padilla, RCR, CASAC-T, is Research Project Manager at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Division of Substance Use Disorders, Columbia University Medical Center. Ms. Padilla provides intensive technical assistance in two organizational capacity-building initiatives; the implementation of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), and the integration of Equity and Inclusion strategies to improve service delivery and address behavioral health disparities for marginalized communities. Both projects are facilitated for the Northeast and Caribbean Technology Transfer Center (NeCATTC), HHS Region 2. Ms. Padilla also Chairs the National Committee on Behavioral Health Equity & Inclusion committee for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center. The working group focuses on disseminating the application of CLAS standards and other related topics and technical assistance initiatives to help organizations address disparities in behavioral health care. Ms. Padilla is also a Senior Trainer with more than 23 years of public health service, instructing behavioral health practitioners, prevention specialists and drug court professionals on addictions and recovery supporting best practices.

Starts: Jan. 12, 2023 2:00 pm
Ends: Jan. 12, 2023 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
January 12, 2023
Event Type
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