The La Clínica Behavioral Health Training Center (LCBHTC)
The Behavioral Health Department of La Clínica, formerly known as El Centro de Salud Mental, was founded in 1973 as a partnership of concerned community leaders and local university students.
Since that time it has become an innovative training/internship program for hundreds of master's level clinicians, most of whom have joined the workforce as culturally responsive clinicians. As the need for such professionals grows daily, the training program has expanded to emphasize the knowledge and skills required for culturally responsive, evidence-based, recovery oriented, and trauma informed practice in the Latinx community. In 2018, third and fourth year psychiatric residents, and psychiatric nurse practitioner interns were added to the trainee group. This creates a multidisciplinary learning environment which has allowed the training program to evolve in to a behavioral health training center based on the academic health center model *. In addition to its training mission, the center (LCBHTC) seeks to capture and disseminate the model of culturally responsive behavioral health services provided by La Clínica such that it becomes part of the canon of community defined evidence. The LCBHTC seeks to inform disparity reduction efforts for Latinos by firmly building upon existing empirical and community defined evidence as well as the collective professional and lived experiences of La Clínica clinicians.
Graduate Clinician Training
- Extensive onboarding training, individual and group supervision provided by LCSWs, LMFTs, Licensed Psychologists, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
- A comprehensive range of weekly didactic sessions taught by seasoned clinicians, co-located UC Berkeley and Stanford University faculty, as well as indigenous healers.
- Tele Training from local universities and national workshops
- One-way mirror supervision
The LCBHTC works towards integrating clinical training with best treatment practices for the Latinx community. In addition, the Center engages in research projects which focus on practice improvement for our community. Samples of current research include:
- Psychiatry Improvement Protocols
- Community Health Workers and Behavioral Change
- Indigenous Healers incorporated into Complimentary Care Medical Services
- Cultural Adaptations of Evidence-Based Practices
Culturally Responsive Professional Development
Under development. We will be seeking CME and CEU provider numbers to provide trainings on the most contemporary topics, techniques, and research related to culturally responsive behavioral health care for the Latinx community.
Joseph Perales, Dr.PH, L.C.S.W.
Center Director and Research Coordinator
Wendy Bernstein, M.D.
Director of Psychiatric Training
Peter Manoleas, L.C.S.W.
Administrative Coordinator and Curricular Consultant
External Sources of Support
Horevitz, E., and Manoleas, P. (2013) Training Needs of Professional Social Workers in Integrated Behavioral Health Settings. Social Work in Healthcare. 58:8, 752-787.
Manoleas, P. ( 2008) Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services for Latinos: A Blueprint and Research Agenda. Social Work in Healthcare, 47(04), 1-16.
Manoleas, P., & Garcia, B. (2003) Clinical algorithms as tools for psychotherapy with Latino Clients. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 73(2), 154-166
Manoleas, P., Organista, K.C., Negron-Velasquez, G., and McCormick, K. (2000) Characteristics of Latino Mental Health Clinicians: A Preliminary Examination. Community Mental Health Journal, 36(4), 383-394.
Ortega-García, J.A., Perales, J.E., et al (2016) Long term follow-up of a tobacco prevention and cessation program in cystic fibrosis patients. Adicciones. 28(2): 99-107.
Perales, J.E., et al (2018) Participants' perceptions of interactions with community health workers who promote behavior change: a qualitative characterization from participants with normal, depressive, and anxious mood states. Int. J. for Equity in Health. 17(19). pp. 2-15.
Schrick, J. (2014) Social Justice and the Injustices Experienced by People with Psychiatric Disabilities, Chapter 23, In: Social Justice and Social Work: Rediscovering a Core Value of the Profession, Thousand Oaks, Ca. Sage Publishing.
For More Information
Dr. Joseph Perales
Training Center Director
*An academic health center:
- Provides patients and the community with health care for everyday needs and the most specialized services for complex diseases, illnesses and injuries
- Offers unique care not available anywhere else in the region
- Teaches generations of health care professionals with an eye on training the right mix of providers for tomorrow's needs
- Develops technology and carries out research that improves lives