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Toolkit for Modifying Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Cultural Competence

Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health; Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research; New York University School of Medicine

The Toolkit for Modifying Evidence-Based Practices To Increase Cultural Competence provides a step-by-step methodology for mental health practitioners and agency administrators to identify and evaluate evidence-based practices (EBPs) for possible modification for cultural groups. The framework presented in the toolkit is divided into four major sections: working with communities, selecting an EBP, modifying EBPs, and implementation. In addition to providing a specific step-by-step methodology, the toolkit contains additional tools to help users apply the toolkit effectively. These materials can be used to enhance the effectiveness of the toolkit in a variety of settings.

Additional tools available include the following: case studies that highlight the use of the toolkit methodology in practice, an accompanying checklist and workbook to help toolkit users apply the methodology in an easy-to-use manner, instruments to help assess organizations’ levels of cultural competence and readiness for change, a complete annotated bibliography with additional information on cultural competence within the field of mental health care.