Culturally Adapting Clinical Interventions: A 10-Step Process



May 20, 2022, 1-4:15 p.m. ET
Instructors: Susan Lee Tohn, M.S.W., LICSW and Ximena Soto, M.S.W., LICSW
Live interactive webinar

Level: Intermediate
CEs: 3 CEs are available for a $10 fee
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Social work has a long-standing commitment to providing culturally responsive services and supports. While one of the strengths of social work education is the commitment to evidence-based practice, too often the evidence-base pertaining to clinical interventions offers limited guidance about options for adapting accepted clinical practice so that it meets the needs of underrepresented populations. This may be one factor that contributes to the disparities in the engagement of culturally representative populations in mental health care.

Faculty members at the BC School of Social Work recognized the compelling need to re-imagine some aspects of clinical practice by putting cultural characteristics/ideology at the center of social work practice. BC School of Social Work developed a 10-step process called, “adapting clinical interventions for cultural alignment” and has implemented the first 8 steps of the process by making cultural adaptations in Solution Focused Therapy for members of Latinx communities. During this workshop, participants will watch an excerpt from one of the Solution Focused with Latinx community videos in order to understand one of the product outcomes of this project.

The intent of this ten-step process is to create a pathway for social workers to partner with community stakeholders and members of a specific population (in the sample case, it is the LatinX community, which is very diverse) to understand their culture, values and belief systems so that we can adapt a clinical intervention to be appropriate for that population. This interactional workshop will introduce this 10-step process and offer participants the opportunity to create their own action plans for adapting a clinical intervention for a particular population in their community. Presenters will explain a ten-step process for adapting clinical interventions to ensure that evidence-based clinical practice is culturally effective with underrepresented populations. Participants will work on creating their own action plans for their own adaptation of a clinical model with the population of their choosing. Ultimately, everyone will leave inspired with an idea of how to begin developing their own adaptation of a clinical intervention.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use group discussion, small group exercises, verbal and chat Q & A. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom Meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by February 15, 2022: $65
Regular registration by May 4, 2022: $75

CEs: 3 CEs are available for a $10 fee 

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the 10 steps for adapting clinical interventions for specific communities

2. Explain the conceptual rationale for each of the 10 steps

3. Describe to how to develop a plan for adapting at least one clinical intervention so that it aligns with the cultural characteristics of a target community


  • 1 - 2:35 p.m. ET: 10-step process, watch video example of Solution Focused with Latinx client
  • 2:35 - 2:45 p.m. ET: Break
  • 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. ET: Continue 10-step process, small breakout groups to design action plans

About the Instructor:

Susan Lee Tohn, M.S.W., LICSW, is co-director of Solutions. Tohn has worked with couples, adolescents and families using the Solution Focused model for over 30 years. She has provided training for and consulted with management teams, mental health organizations, hospitals, state child welfare organizations, schools and has presented to professional audiences both nationally and internationally. Tohn is an associate professor of clinical practice at Boston College School of Social Work. Tohn is co-author of “Crossing the Bridge: Integrating Solution Focused Therapy into Clinical Practice” and “Solution-Focused Therapy with Mandated Clients: Cooperating with the Uncooperative,” in S. Miller, M. Hubble, &  B. Duncan (Eds.), Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.

Ximena Soto, M.S.W., LICSW was born and raised in Mexico City until she moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of 12. Soto’s professional experience has been centered on serving Latinx communities. She began her journey in protective services and continued working with the Latinx adults, families and communities in different settings: Substance abuse, IHT and law enforcement. As the assistant director of the LatinX Leadership Initiative at Boston College School of Social Work, Soto provides organizational leadership to recruit and support students. She collaborates with academic and field faculty and with community organizations to ensure that students’ experiences both, in field and higher education allows them to learn and thrive in the field of social work. Beyond these activities, she coordinates strategic initiatives to form relationships with agencies or organizations for research and other collaborative opportunities.


Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in Zoom Meeting. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the webinar evaluation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

Social Work
  • Smith College School for Social Work, #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2021-11/19/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credits.

  • Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  • Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.


  • Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.

SSW Professional Education Policies

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

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