Upcoming events

    • 31 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar

      Latinx, Acculturation & Rural United States: Ethical Considerations

      (3 Ethics CEUs)

      Course Description:

      The U.S. Census continues to project an increasing diverse population over the next several decades. By 2045, we will be a majority pluralistic nation.  The fastest growing groups are Two or More Races, followed by Asians and Hispanics. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2020). Latinx/Hispanics are the second largest group in the U.S. and the ethnic minority group most responsible for the U.S.’s rural diversification (Figueroa et al., 2021; Johnson & Lichter, 2022; Melotte, 2022; Moyce et al., 2022; U.S. Census, 2020). 

      Due to social, economic, and environmental disadvantage, Latinx/Hispanics residing in rural areas experience significant health disparities (Figueroa et al, 2021; Probst & Ajmal, 2019). Therefore, there is an increasing need for therapists to become culturally sensitive and competent to work with a diverse population. In this workshop, the APA Multicultural Guidelines from 2002, 2017 and 2019 will be examined and compared. We will identify characteristics associated with becoming multiculturally competent when working with Latinxs (Sue & Sue, 2019). 

      Three acculturation models will be discussed with some case examples and ethical considerations. We will describe Latinxs values and their impact on the process and delivery of mental health services. Latinx may come from different backgrounds and, therefore, there is diversity within diversity. Finally, cultural humility will be described. Multicultural competence is a continuum process requiring self-introspection and feedback from others (Kaslow, 2020, May 9). Recommendations are made for embarking the road to become multiculturally competent when delivering services to Latinxs.


      1. Participants will identify two general principles and three standards of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, and how they apply to the sociopolitical reality of Latinxs.

      2. Participants will be able to identify differences between the APA multicultural guidelines from 2003, 2017 and 2019.

      3. Participants will be able to describe three Latinxs values impacting the process and delivery of mental health services.

      4.  Participants will be able to describe three stigmas that have been associated with seeking psychological services among Latinx.

      Speaker Bio:

        Dr. Mayra Zoe Ortiz is a clinical psychologist who has been delivering psychological services for 19+ years. She has worked with diverse populations including children, adolescents, adults and older adults in NY, CT and GA. Dr. Ortiz previously owned two small private practices in NY and has worked extensively with the Latinxs population. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, APA Division 31, and 2023 President-Elect for Division 31. She is the Co-Chair of the EDI Network sponsored by CESPPA and Division 31. In addition, Dr. Ortiz was the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a private sector hospitality company where she created a 12-month diversity program for executives and managers.

        • 28 Apr 2023
        • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
        • Zoom

        Presented by Guy Diamond, PhD

        3-Hour CE Webinar in collaboration with Missouri and Hawaii Psychological Associations*

        Suicides jumped 29% among adolescents ages 15 to 19 over the previous decade. In addition to those who die by suicide, there are many more adolescents who have suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide and survive. Youth suicidal ideation, attempt and completion are on the rise. One survey showed that 18.8% of high school students seriously considered attempting suicide and 8.9% actually attempted suicide. Dr. Guy Diamond, a psychologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an Associate Professor at Drexel University in the College of Nursing and Health Profession, has devoted his life to developing and researching effective attachment-based family-focused solutions to this serious problem. Most of his research career has involved working with low-income disadvantaged youth and families.

        *MePA has partnered with the Hawaii Psychological Association to provide CE certificates. The Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

        This webinar will be recorded. On-demand will be available for three months following the event. 


        Guy Diamond, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Associate Professor at Drexel University in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. At Drexel, he is the Director of the Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS). Dr. Diamond is the primary developer of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT). He has received several federal, state and foundation grants to develop and test this model. His primary work has been in the area of youth suicide prevention and treatment research. On the prevention side, he has created a program focused on training, screening and triage to be implemented in non-behavioral health settings. On the treatment side, he has focused on the development and testing of attachment-based family therapy, especially for teens struggling with depression and suicide. Much of this work has focused on inner-city low-income families. He has served as the VP of Science for Division 43 of APA and has focused his efforts on increasing the visibility of the Division as a leader in Family Intervention Science in APA. He was a main stage presenter at APA’s 2022 convention. 

        Along with his co-authors, Drs. Gary Diamond and Suzanne Levy, Dr. Diamond has written the first book on ABFT, “Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents,” published by the American Psychological Association. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent depression and suicide can be precipitated, exacerbated, or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. ABFT aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild an emotionally protective, secure-based, parent child relationship. The treatment initially focuses on repairing or strengthening attachment and then turns to promoting adolescent autonomy. 

        Learning objectives: 

        1. Explain the theoretical foundation of ABFT that guides therapists in therapy implementation. 
        2. Discuss the purpose of the five treatment tasks. 
        3. Design therapy to focus on interpersonal growth rather than behavioral control. 

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