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SAMHSA, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, features research by Shelley Craig in its latest resource guide

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SAMHSA — the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — recently featured AFFIRM in its resource guide on research supporting adaptations of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for under-resourced populations.

AFFIRM is a CBT intervention created by Professor Shelley Craig that focuses on reducing depression and improving coping and sexual self-efficacy for LGBTTQQ2SA* youth and adults. The eight-session, manualized intervention provides participants with opportunities to develop their identity cognition (self-awareness, identifying risk), mood (recognizing the link between thoughts and feelings), and behaviour (identifying strengths and ways of coping), and equips them with the tools to manage and influence those factors by themselves.

> Click here to download SAMSHSA’s resource guide. 

> Visit AFFIRM’s website

> Read about AFFIRM via INQYR’s research hub

Dr. Craig’s program of research focuses on cultivating resilience in marginalized populations through innovative, community-based interventions. Her primary specializations are: (1) understanding the needs of sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY), particularly the role of information and communication technologies on their mental health and wellbeing (2) developing of tailored interventions to address the mental health disparities of SGMY (3) exploring the skills and interventions used by health social workers to impact the social determinants of health (3) developing competent social work practitioners through effective social work education. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth.