Familia Adelante: Multi-risk Reduction Behavioral Health Prevention for Latino Youth and Families
Latinos are expected to reach one quarter of the U.S population by the year 2050, and are at a disproportionate risk for negative behavioral health outcomes such as substance use and alcoholism (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2007), sexually transmitted illnesses such as HIV (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007), and mental health concerns (Prado et al., 2006). With this knowledge, researchers have developed a behavioral health intervention that focuses on culturally based risk factors within the Latino community.
The training track Familia Adelante: Multi-risk Reduction Behavioral Health Prevention for Latino/Hispanic Youth and Families (FA) addresses the impact of acculturative stress on Latino communities and equips Latino-serving organizations with a psycho-educational curriculum that helps Latino families manage negative behavioral outcomes associated with stress exposure. The curriculum, 12 sessions in length, educates high-risk Latino youth, ages 10-14 and their families in family and peer communication, substance abuse prevention, HIV knowledge and perceptions of harm about high-risk behavior, and positive school bonding and behavior. This is not a treatment program, but rather a family development model for youth who have early signs of either behavioral or emotional problems. The Familia Adelante intervention is administered to youth and parents concurrently but separately in a group format.
Who can participate?
Organizations may propose a team of three to five members. Strong preference will be given to Latino/Hispanic-serving organizations that can provide an organizational leader (ex. supervisor), as well as consumer peer advocate(s), bilingual paraprofessionals including Promotoras, and/or bilingual clinicians working on integrated care teams. Participants should have at least 2 years experience providing some form of family, youth, social or behavioral health services. Knowledge of Evidence Based Programs/Practices among team members is also preferred.
Questions to consider before applying for Familia Adelante
What is required of participants?
Recognizing that it takes more than a 2-day training to implement new practices or programs, SAMHSA requests that participating NNED Partner teams commit to the full NNEDLearn 2015 training model which includes: Prepare; Learn; Implement; and Sustain. Read more about NNEDLearn 2015. Objectives and expectations for each NNEDLearn stage for FA are as follows:
The first stage of NNEDLearn involves preparing the NNED Partner team for the Learn stage (on-site training), and requires that team members:
From April 12-15, teams will attend a 2½ day training at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Participants will learn:
After the Learn stage (on-site training), all FA teams join together in a “community of practice” that receives ongoing coaching to help support uptake of the practice. Team members will:
NNED Partner teams are expected to pursue efforts to sustain the practice and to demonstrate outcome and impact as appropriate. Teams will have the opportunity to:
Richard Cervantes, Ph.D, Director, Behavioral Assessment, Inc.
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