This in-service training is an aide to substance use treatment providers and clinicians to improve their skills in response to treatment challenges presented by clients from Hispanic and Latino cultures. The word “culture” is loaded with meaning and has many potential implications, so the ideas expressed in this brief overview are not exhaustive nor intended to provide a “freeze frame” cultural portrait of all Hispanics and Latinos that pretends that they are all the same or unchanging. Such a portrait defies reality.
The approach taken in this training session is to highlight key similarities and differences in cultural beliefs, attitudes and practices commonly seen among Latino clients with substance use disorders (SUD) that potentially influence their substance using behaviors and response to treatment. “Americanization” has variable impact across Latino generations. Indeed, the ‘sending” nations from which Latinos have historically emigrated, and continue to do so, are experiencing rapid social changes that influence the use of substances and SUD within their own cultures.
Dr. Haner Hernández, Ph.D., CPS, CADCII, LADCI, is originally from Puerto Rico, is bilingual and has worked for over 27 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs.
Dr. Hernandez is a person in long-term recovery from addiction and is committed to eliminating health disparities by working at the national, state, and local levels. He is currently a Senior Consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Public health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, with a focus on Access to Recovery, Recovery Supports, and the Recovery Support Centers. Dr. Hernandez was appointed to SAMHSA Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) steering committee in 2014. He has served as a consultant to several federally-funded initiatives in the areas of behavioral workforce development, HIV/AIDS, addiction prevention and treatment, military service members, their families and TBI and PTSD, and pediatric asthma. Dr. Hernández serves as faculty at the New England School of Addiction Studies and is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Board for Voluntary Certification of Drug and Alcohol Counselors and the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction recovery (MOA). He received his PhD at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Darice Orobitg, Ph.D., is currently the Technical Assistance and Training Planning and Development Coordinator for the National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Originally from San Juan, PR., Dr. Orobitg received her BA in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Carlos Albizu University in San Juan, PR. As a research assistant, her focus was on child assessment and intervention and she later coordinated an NICHD sponsored study for Innovaciones Psicoeducativas (ISIED, Inc.) on early identification of learning and developmental disabilities. As a clinician, she has experience working in the Puerto Rico Rape Crisis Center as therapist, educator, and services coordinator. She has been in private practice since 2005.
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Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
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