CAMLA (Cultural Adaptation of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Latinos)


Latino cancer patients often experience greater challenges due to cancer and constitute an underserved population at risk of poor psychological outcomes [1-3]. However, there are no targeted psychosocial or psychotherapeutic interventions available for Latino patients diagnosed with advanced cancer. Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (IMCP) is a seven-session manualized psychotherapy intervention, grounded in the work of Viktor Frankl, developed for the specific spiritual and meaning-making needs of patients with advanced disease. IMCP’s goal is to help patients with advanced cancer sustain or enhance a sense of meaning, peace and purpose as they face limitations due to progression of disease and treatment [4]. The purpose of the CAMLA (Cultural Adaptation of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for LAtinos) study is to linguistically and culturally adapt IMCP for Spanish-speaking Latino cancer patients.

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  4. Costas-Muñiz, et al., Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Latino Patients with Advanced Cancer: Cultural Adaptation Process. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2020. 23(4), 489–497.