ERA has developed program services from an integrative approach by utilizing best practices from other nationally recognized treatment models. In addition, ERA has a long tradition of using evidence-based practices. It has been the goal of the organization to focus on evidenced-based practices, believing these practices to be the primary manner to promote cultural competency or at least decrease the deleterious effects of culturally inappropriate service delivery.
It is our belief that the use of evidence-based practices at minimum, potentially offers interventions that have included people of color in their study sample. In this way, the ERA clinician is less vulnerable to making culturally inappropriate errors than if such interventions were not used. We, at ERA, are under no illusion that the use of evidence-based practices alone are sufficient to achieve cultural competence; hence, the ERA clinician is taught that each “evidence-based practice” should be questioned on issues of demographics as well as issues such as the consistency of the basic principle of the model to cultural predilections of the group to which it is being applied.