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April 2020 Educator | Resource of the Month

The Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice Educator|Resource is a monthly feature that highlights curricular resources and social work educators who address diversity and justice.

Cultural Adaptation of Behavioral Interventions


A growing body of literature suggests that lack of cultural adaptations in behavioral interventions is associated with disparities in service use and poor intervention outcomes among diverse minoritized communities. The Diversity Center is happy to announce a research database of cultural adaptions of behavioral health interventions as part of the Center’s curriculum resources in Practice with Diverse Communities. The research database includes:
  • An annotated bibliography of published research on adaptations ranging from basic language translation, to the involvement of community members in the provision of services, to more fundamental restructuring of methods of care. Each reference contains information on the behavioral health condition, target population, intervention, cultural adaptation, research method, and major finding. 
  • A set of abstracts of articles addressing important conceptual considerations regarding quality cultural adaptation of evidence-based behavioral interventions. These include the rationale for adaptation, approaches to adaptations, and implementation issues such as sustainability.
The purpose of this resource is to support teaching in social work practice grounded in the lived experiences of communities, including their cultural backgrounds. Research consistently shows that culture and social context influence almost every aspect of assessment and treatment.

Cultural Communities

African Americans and Other Blacks
Asians and Pacific Islanders
Indigenous and Tribal Communities
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or Two-spirit Communities
Cross-cultural communities


The views expressed in the Educator|Resource are those of the educator(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council on Social Work Education.

 Interested in contributing to the Educator | Resource of the Month? Please contact Dr. Yolanda Padilla, CSWE Diversity Center Director, at [email protected].