"The most accurate, detailed, and up-to-date coverage of the Latino experience in the U.S. that I have ever read. The breadth and depth of is more than impressive; it is unparalleled. This book is ideal for multicultural counseling and ethnic studies courses across the undergraduate, master's level, and doctoral curriculum in counseling and all mental health fields."
-Joseph G. Ponterotto, PhD
"This is a timely, stunningly significant contribution to the growing body of evidence-based literature on one of the most important populations in the U.S. This comprehensive overview is vibrant, cutting- edge, and indispensable for mental health professionals who want to be culturally competent."
-Melba Vasquez, PhD, ABPP
Former President, American Psychological Association
Independent Practice, Austin, Texas
"This is now the foundational book for individual counseling with Latinas/os. It is based on solid research and clinical practice, and the chapters on assessment and treatment are outstanding. It is a must for every counselor's desk."
-Allen E. Ivey, EdD, ABPP
Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of South Florida, Tampa
"This book demonstrates the clinical expertise needed to practice with Latina/o communities, and is a significant advancement in providing effective, state-of-the-art counseling with this population. The authors have expanded the definition of la familia to encompass relevant psychosocial, educational, and mental health issues."
-Joseph M. Cervantes, PhD, ABPP
California State University, Fullerton
In what may be the most comprehensive book published to date about counseling Latinas/os, the authors provide culture-centered assessment and intervention strategies for effective clinical practice with individuals and families. Counselors and other mental health professionals will gain new and expanded cultural competence as they learn to sensitively and ethically integrate Latino values into their work. Throughout the text, case scenarios illustrate ways to work successfully with Latina/o clients of all ages. A sample culture-centered clinical interview is included, along with a listing of Latino-specific mental health resources.
Topics discussed include roles, relationships, and expectations in Latino families; cultural and bicultural values; gender role socialization; generational differences; identity and acculturation issues; educational values and achievement; Latinas/os in the workforce; religious beliefs and practices; and interventions for working with diverse clients, including those who have immigrated from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and South and Central America.
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