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ERIC Number: ED435058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 8
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Validating Culturally Relevant Treatment Interventions: What Are We Trying To Change? or Challenges to the Development of Culturally Relevant or Specific Empirically Validated Treatment.
Coleman, Hardin L. K.
This paper presents an example of a patient treated in a school-based clinic. The counselor used traditional diagnostic perspectives to come up with a diagnosis that would be understood by the patient's Health Maintenance Organization. This diagnosis reflects traditional understanding of mental health and psychological treatment, which promotes the interpretation that mental health is a function of intrapsychic and behavioral factors. Using the medical model, the assumption has been that once the behavioral manifestations of a disorder are determined, then assumptions have to be made about the cause and treatments must be recommended on a normative understanding of the disorder. Increasingly, the mental health establishment has sought, through controlled experimentation, to determine what treatment protocols work best with which mental health disorders. The case described in this paper highlights the challenges to mental health care professionals' reliance on empirically validated treatment (EVT). To be empirically validated, a treatment needs specific guidelines. The factors that lead to EVT are the very factors that challenge the development of culturally relevant or specific EVTs. As the counselor in this case struggled with assessing and developing a treatment plan for her client, she realized that a traditional diagnosis and treatment plan were insufficient to the client's needs. This paper offers the following four suggestions in regard to EVTs: articulate a theory of culturally relevant treatment, value ecological validity, focus on nonspecific factors in EVT, and our own values. (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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