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Wei-Chin Hwang Recorded Webinar: Culturally Adapting Psychotherapy for Asian Americans: From Depression to Anti-Asian Discrimination

1.5 Hours of CE

$25 for members / $35 for non-members

Moderator: Brittany Hall-Clark, Ph.D


What are cultural adaptations? How do we culturally adapt psychotherapy in a clinically sound and evidence-based manner? This workshop discusses how culture influences mental health processes and identifies areas for cultural adaptation when working with Asian Americans. Top-down and bottom-up frameworks created to culturally modify therapy will be provided. In addition, I will present concrete examples from a culturally adapted treatment manual that I developed and tested in a randomized controlled trial with depressed Chinese Americans. Finally, I will discuss the rising tide of xenophobia and violence towards Asian Americans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide recommendations for how to address these issues in treatment. The goal of this workshop is to gain both breadth and depth of understanding, as well develop practical clinical tools for use with diverse populations.

About the Presenter:

Wei-Chin Hwang, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. He received his Ph.D. from the clinical psychology program at UCLA (2003) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. His research focuses on understanding and reducing mental health disparities, improving psychotherapy outcomes, cultivating therapist cultural competency, and developing frameworks for culturally adapting treatments. He has received multiple career awards and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Div 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity), Asian American Psychological Association, APA Minority Fellowship Program, and the Western Psychological Association. Dr. Hwang is a licensed clinical psychologist and has an independent clinical and consulting practice in Pasadena and Claremont, California. He also chairs the board of advisors for Ayana, a mental health start-up focused on providing culturally competent care to diverse populations.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the rationale and need for culturally adapting psychotherapy.
  2. Identify the domains in which culture affects mental health
  3. Utilize top-down and bottom-up conceptual frameworks to culturally adapt evidenced-based clinical interventions.
  4. Demonstrate improved cultural effectiveness, competence, and humility when working with Asian heritage populations.

Recommended Readings

  1. Hwang, W. (In Press for this summer). Demystifying and Addressing Internalized Racism and Oppression Among Asian Americans. American Psychologist.
  2. Hwang, W.  (2016). Culturally adapting psychotherapy for Asian heritage populations: An evidence-based approach. San Diego, CA: Academic Press
  3. Hwang, W., Myers, H. F., Abe-Kim, J., & *Ting, J. Y.  (2008).  A conceptual paradigm for understanding culture’s impact on mental health: The Cultural Influences on Mental Health (CIMH) Model. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 212-228.
  4. Hwang, W.  (2006).  The Psychotherapy Adaptation and Modification Framework (PAMF):  Application to Asian Americans.  American Psychologist, 61(7), 702-715


About the Moderator: Brittany Hall- Clark, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Currently, she is working primarily in her private practice, InSight Psychology and Behavioral Health Services. Her clinical specialties include trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, nightmares, insomnia, sleep, and anxiety. Dr. Hall-Clark is passionate about diversity and cultural competence, evidenced by her focus on cultural competence in treatment, provision of diversity training to graduate students and continuing education for professionals, and culturally-oriented publications and presentations.


Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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