Working with Latinos: Toward a Better Understanding of Evidence-Based Programs and Practice

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This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Great Lakes PTTC. The webinar will explain important aspects of which potential providers of evidence-based programs (EBPs) should be aware in considering and selecting an EBP for use with Latino populations. The distinction between an evidence-based program and an evidence-based practice is described on the basis of the types of evidence used to successfully implement an EBP in a specific setting. The different types of evidence applicable to an evidence-based practice will be described, including the type of evidence on which EBPs rely, which is largely researcher driven, and the types of evidence that providers, agencies, and communities serving Latinos use in implementing an EBP, which is largely agency and community driven. The role of politics, power, and privilege in the development and implementation of an EBP will be discussed. The importance of recognizing, valuing, and integrating non-research types of evidence in the implementation of an EBP in a particular Latino community will be highlighted.

Objectives of the Webinar:

  • Understand the difference between an evidence-based program and a culturally responsive evidence-based practice
  • Understand the different types of evidence relevant to the development, selection, and use of an evidence-based program
  • Identify the basic concepts and research methods underlying EBPs
  • Understand the contributions of meta-analyses of EBP studies, the components that contribute to behavioral change, and the advantages and limitations of EBPs
  • Recognize the role of politics, power, and privilege in the development and implementation of an EBP
  • Appreciate the importance of the program provider-recipient relationship in program outcome
  • Recognize and value the types of evidence available in specific agencies serving Latino communities that are necessary to optimize the success of an EBP.

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About the Presenter:

Luis VargasLuis A. Vargas is a clinical psychologist, a retired university faculty member, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA). His clinical and scholarly work has focused on providing culturally responsive services to children, adolescents, and families in Latino communities. He is co-editor (with Joan D. Koss-Chioino) of Working with Culture: Psychotherapeutic Interventions with Ethnic Minority Children and Adolescents and co-author (with Joan D. Koss-Chioino) of Working with Latino Youth: Culture, Development, and Context, both published by Jossey-Bass. He is a past president of the Division of Child and Family Policy and Practice (Div. 37) of the American Psychological Association (APA), a past member of the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, and a past member of the 2006 APA Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Adolescents. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 12, 37, & 45) and a Fellow of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).

April 22, 2021
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