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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Michael A. de Arellano, PhD


        Michael A. de Arellano, PhD


Dr. Michael de Arellano is a professor and a licensed clinical psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 with a degree in Clinical Psychology, and he completed an NIMH-Funded post-doctoral fellowship in Violence and Traumatic Stress Research at the NCVC. Following this, Dr. de Arellano was awarded a Career Development Award (K-Award) from NIMH to conduct a study examining trauma and trauma-related sequelae in recent immigrant and migrant Mexican American children and their families. Most recently, Dr. de Arellano's clinical work and research has focus on developing and evaluating treatment services for child victims of traumatic events from traditionally underserved population groups (e.g., rural, economically disadvantaged, Latino, African-American). He is the director the Community Outreach Program - Esperanza (COPE) Clinics, which provide community-based clinical services, advocacy, and intensive case management to underserved children and families who have been victimized by crime or other traumatic events. Dr. de Arellano also directs the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program, which facilitates the development of research, clinical and training programs to enhance culturally-competent and linguistically appropriate interventions across the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. de Arellano has received national recognition for his work with traditionally underserved populations, and he continues to develop clinical programs and research to address disparities in mental health.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Identify strategies to increase engagement.
2.  Discuss how integrating cultural constructs can tailor evidence-based interventions to be more culturally congruent.
3.  Describe varying service provision strategies (e.g., home-based, school-based, telemedicine) that can be used to provide
     evidence-based treatments.


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