Dr Delvena Thomas
Owner & Board Certified Psychiatrist, DRT Behavioral Services
Global Director of Marketing and Business Development, The Cabin
The term, “I don’t see color” is often used by well-intentioned individuals to describe their views on diversity but this phrase can be detrimental in therapeutic settings when treating persons of color. The ability for providers to “see” color allows for the development of culturally competent programming and the critical factor of developing a therapeutic alliance. Data shows that racial and ethnic minority groups are most likely to experience limited access and poor engagement in substance use disorder treatment. “Seeing color” will allow programs and providers to acknowledge and address the complexity of barriers and issues facing individuals and families in need of mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
This workshop will provide an overview of substance abuse disorders among minority communities, present information to help programs and providers to understand cultural issues relevant to treating persons of color and examine how programs can develop policies and processes to monitor and access efforts to incorporate cultural competency.
- Provide epidemiological data on substance use disorder treatment for racial and ethnic groups.
- Discuss how cultural competence and knowledge enhances proficiency in clinical skills, programmatic development, and administrative practices.
- Identify core culturally responsive principles for counseling individuals from diverse ethnic groups.
- Provide resources for programs and practitioners.