Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program

ADCARE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE, Inc., 5 Northampton Street, Worcester, MA 01605


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With funds from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (MDPH-BSAS), the Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program has trained hundreds of Latinas and Latinos in the area of addiction treatment, while creating access to addiction treatment credentials: Licensure and Certification. Moreover, by providing technical assistance, capacity building, and support to MDPH-BSAS funded organizations, the program has increased the publicly funded treatment system’s capacity to provide culturally and linguistically competent services to the Latino population, thereby addressing health disparities and their impact on Latinos and Latinas in the Commonwealth. The in-classroom training component of the program is delivered each year at two sites in Boston and Springfield.


The main goals of the Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program are to increase the number of Latinos and Latinas with addiction treatment credentials; to increase the Latino community’s access to culturally and linguistically competent care; and to increase the capacity of the publicly funded system to serve Latinos/as, while improving treatment outcomes.


The classes are co-facilitated in Spanish and English by master’s level and addiction credentialed Latina and Latino professionals with many years of clinical experience and training delivery.  The in-classroom training is delivered utilizing the theoretical frameworks of Social Justice, Latino Critical Race Theory, and Culturally Responsible Pedagogies.

Boston PictureThe Training Curriculum has been developed to meet the requirements set forth by the MDPH-BSAS for Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors (LADC I, II, and III) and the Massachusetts Board for Voluntary Certification towards becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) at the reciprocal level. To this end, participants can receive up to a total of two-hundred-seventy (270) hours of participatory classroom instruction, which is divided in the following manner: Six (6) hours of Ethics and Boundaries; One-hundred-ten (110) hours of Alcohol/Drug Specific Studies; One-hundred-ten (110) hours of Counseling Techniques; and forty-five (44) hours in the Behavioral Sciences.

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The classes are held once per week in Boston and Springfield from 5:00 to 9:00 PM (day of the week to be determined) and the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at each site. The entire in-classroom training component is approximately 47 weeks (10 months) long.  The classes are divided in two parts: The first part of classroom’s focus is on Clinical Practice and Counseling Techniques, and the second part focus is on discussion of readings and questions arising in the internships.


Latinos and Latinas interested in applying for to the program should complete the application and return it with two (2) professional letters of recommendation to the Program Director, Haner Hernandez, Ph.D., CADII, LADCI at hanerhernandez@aol.com or you may contact him at 413-627-1601.

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Research has proven that individuals who participate in Study Circles fair better in test results and improve academic performance.  AdCare staff will encourage participants to take part in Study Circles in the Metro Boston and Western Regions to help prepare for the test. Specifically, AdCare will provide Study Circle space, materials, and other support as needed.  The goal is to have the Study Circles meeting, with 5 to 7 participants in each, for at least three (3) months prior to the written exam date.


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In addition to the in-classroom experience, the training component requires participants that are not currently working in the field do an internship for a minimum of 4.5 hours per week at an MDPH-BSAS funded agency that provides substance abuse treatment services to the Latino community. The internship site will expose intern(s) to at least one Latino/a substance abuse client for individual or group counseling for the duration of the internship.  Furthermore, agencies with interns are responsible for providing clinical supervision at least once a week to the intern(s) for the duration of the internship.  The purpose of this requirement is to help participants to integrate classroom knowledge with hands-on experience. The internship hours can also be used towards the practical work experience requirement for Licensure and Certification in Massachusetts.


The technical assistance, capacity building, and support component of the program exists to improve access, delivery, and treatment outcomes for Latinos and Latinas seeking addiction treatment in Massachusetts. Technical Assistance is provided in the areas of program planning, implementation, and evaluation as well as consultation related to specific cases.  AdCare staff and training consultants provide technical assistance, support, training, and consultation to MDPH-BSAS funded agencies as needed.  Also, AdCare provides MDPH-BSAS-funded agencies with ongoing information about training’s offered by AdCare and other training organizations.  The technical assistance also covers issues related to ongoing service delivery to Latino and Latina service recipients in both Latino and non-Latino service settings.


AdCare staff function as “job developers” and “job placement” assistants to training participants, interns, and program graduates.  AdCare staff advise training participants, interns, and graduates on how to access and utilize the MDPH-BSAS funded system and the Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program network for placement into jobs that seek to hire graduates into “permanent” job positions (no less than six months duration).  Also, AdCare staff distribute and post job opportunities from MDPH-BSAS funded agencies to training participants.


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