Helping clients feel welcome: Principles of adapting treatment cross-culturally

TitleHelping clients feel welcome: Principles of adapting treatment cross-culturally
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsVenner, KL, Feldstein, SW, Tafoya, N
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
PublisherHaworth Press
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0734-73241544-4538
Accession Number2008-02466-002. First Author & Affiliation: Venner, Kamilla L.
KeywordsAlcohol Abuse, Alcohol Rehabilitation, American Indians, Cross Cultural Treatment, Cultural Sensitivity, Drug abuse, Drug Rehabilitation, motivational interviewing, Native American, Substance abuse treatment, substance problems

Empirically supported interventions (ESIs) for treating substance problems have seldom been made available to or tested with minority populations. Dissemination of ESIs may help reduce the disproportionate health disparities that exist. However, ESIs may require some adaptation to be effective with minority populations. One ESI, motivational interviewing (MI), appears to be particularly culturally congruent for Native American communities. We worked with Native American community members and treatment providers to adapt MI for Native communities. Reflecting their feedback and suggested amendments, we created and disseminated an intervention manual to improve the accessibility of MI within Native communities. To help guide practitioners working with Native American clients, we used focus-group methodology to explore communication patterns for negotiating change. Native American treatment providers expressed comfort with and enthusiasm for integrating MI into their current practices. Recommendations for adaptations ranged from simple to complex changes. The unique value and challenges of collaboration between academic and community members are presented from each author's perspective. This culturally adapted MI manual will likely improve the accessibility and adoption of MI practices as well as encourage controlled, clinical trials with Native communities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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