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EPCAMH Call for Papers: Special Issue on Bilingual Youth Mental Health Services

Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (EPCAMH) is now accepting papers
for a special issue focused on considerations in bilingual child and adolescent clinical care delivery,
research, assessment, and training, guest edited by Dr. Hannah Jones, Vanesa Ringle and Dr. Maciel Campos.

Submissions are due February 15, 2024.

According to the U.S. Census, 67.8 million people in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home, with Spanish being the most common. Our field has recognized that there is a growing need for clinical child and adolescent psychologists to provide care in languages other than English. As the workforce begins to grow in bilingual providers, there is an increasing need to for specialized research, support, and training. Furthermore, there are longstanding disparities in access to services, quality of care, and in the evidence-base that supports the implementation and delivery of effective mental health services to linguistically diverse youth, families, and communities. Addressing these needs requires coordinated efforts to center bilingualism in the scientific knowledge base, articulate and define clinical guidelines and best practices for bilingual service delivery to youth and families, and recognize unique supports for bilingual training and program development.

This special issue seeks to highlight work that is at the forefront of bilingualism. Papers may focus on a range of issues relevant to bilingualism (broadly defined) within child and adolescent mental health services including, but not limited to:

  • Guidelines, best practices, and innovations in development of bilingual health service psychology with linguistically diverse youth and families
  • Guidelines and best practices for supervising bilingual trainees (for monolingual providers as well as bilingual providers)
  • Competencies for bilingual providers and trainees, including language proficiency standards
  • Bilingual training program development at the graduate school, pre-doctoral internship, and post-doctoral fellowship program levels
  • Ethical challenges and considerations for working with linguistically diverse youth and families
  • Unique challenges, demands, expectations, and calls to action for bilingual providers
    • What should monolingual colleagues know about being a bilingual provider?
    • Navigating different language preferences in one encounter
  • Student, trainees, and early career providers describing lived experience as bilingual providers
    • Working with limited resources
    • Bilingual brokering in health service delivery
    • Working as a non-Spanish speaking bilingual provider
    • Working without bilingual training support / supervision
    • Tips for negotiating adequate compensation for bilingual skills

Additional topics are welcome for consideration, please reach out to Dr. Hannah Jones for questions.

We welcome papers utilizing diverse forms of methodology including, but not limited to, community-based participatory research, well-conducted randomized controlled trials, qualitative and mixed method investigations, program evaluation, and systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Authors should remember that EPCAMH is a practice-oriented journal and submissions should be of clinical utility to practicing clinicians. Given the focus of the Journal, papers should address the evidence that supports clinical recommendations.

For questions, please email Dr. Hannah Jones at