CEUs in the City: Ethnicity: The Other Co-Occurring Factor in Treating SUD and MH Issues Mon. Jan. 10th 12-2pm
Ethnic minorities make up 13.3% of the co-occurring group of people dealing with SUD and mental health issues. Research shows that ethnicity plays a factor in when, how or if they seek treatment as well as the utilization of treatment. Treatment modalities have been primarily based on the other 86.7% of the population. Understanding how ethnicity affects interactions with the mental health and substance abuse worlds is paramount if long lasting change and recovery is to be achieved. Post traumatic slave syndrome, intergenerational trauma, and the biopsychosocial perspective can be used to develop more targeted empirically based approaches to treatment that will improve long term outcomes and provide service providers with a more empathetic foundation to work from.