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Seminars: Adaptation and Translation of Mental Health Evidence-based Interventions in Different Cult
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Social Development & Welfare

Event Details

Adaptation and Translation of Mental Health Evidence-based Interventions in Different Cultutes

About the seminar:
Efficacious psychosocial and mental health evidence-based interventions often fail when adapted from one culture to another. International translation and cultural adaptation requires more than expertise in empirically supported interventions. It also needs the incorporation of a deep understanding of the local culture and knowledge of obstacles and promoters of treatment implementation.

Presentation objectives will focus on how to facilitate cultural adaptation and translation of mental health treatments, including (1) effective partnering of intervention expertise with cultural and service provider expertise; (2) identifying barriers and promoters of treatment; and (3) research and clinical recommendations.

Bridging expertise in mental health models with expertise in the local and cultural context is essential for the adaption of evidence-based mental health interventions in another country. Identified barriers include obstacles related to intervention acceptability within the cultural context, system difficulties, and engagement problems. Whereas identified promoter strategies center on the importance of partnering within the local context, and the need to engage and accept traditional intervention characteristics and culturally appropriate techniques.

About the speaker:
Dr. Robin Gearing is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovations in Treatment Engagement and Service at the University of Houston. Dr. Gearing is also a Clinical Associate Professor at UT (University of Texas) Health McGovern Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. As a licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Gearing has practiced in the area of mental health with adolescents and their families for over 20 years. As a researcher, his areas of expertise are in mental health (e.g., Depressive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders) intervention and engagement to mental health services, including cultural collaborations and adaptation of empirically-supported interventions. His research is driven by an interest in informing and improving patient engagement and adherence to empirically-supported psychosocial and medication treatments, and developing and adapting evidence-based interventions. His research nationally and internationally (including multi-year projects with UNICEF) concentrates on mental health treatment, service delivery, and service utilization. In addition to other forums, findings from Dr. Gearing’s research have appeared in over 60 peer-review journal publications.

Date/Time30/06/2017 12:30-14:00
VenueCJT-5.32, 5/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 04/05/2017 18:00(HKT) to 28/06/2017 19:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 40.

* Registration is now closed.

Contact Information

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Cindy Kwong by email at or by phone at 39172075.