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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Latino Psychology Specialty

Latinx Psychology Courses

Introduction to Latinx Psychology and the Latinx Experience

The first course in the Latinx Psychology Specialty highlights the current psychosocial research and literature relevant to the mental health of Latinx populations, including influences of culture, acculturation, and ethnic identity on utilization of mental health services. The course explores the heterogeneity of the Latinx groups in the United States and how these groups respond in a unique way to the various services offered in the community.  This course familiarizes the student with the personal, social, cultural and institutional forces that affect the psychology of Latinx populations, to include history, religion, gender roles, emotional processing, violence, bilingualism, and stigmatization and oppression.

Therapy and Psychological Interventions with Latinx Populations

The second course examines the theories and models of research on psychotherapy with Latinxs to prepare future therapists to engage in culturally responsive services with the growing U.S. Latinx population. This course focuses on clinical interventions that address the particular mental health needs of Latinxs in the United States. An emphasis is placed on skills that are necessary in order to attain clinical competence treating members of the various Latinx groups, by both Latinx and non-Latinx clinicians. Empirically-based psychological treatments for Latinx patients will be examined. Creative ways will be discussed for adapting these interventions with Latinxs. Discussion of clinical cases will be integrated into the course. 

Psychological Assessment with Latinx Populations

Psychological Assessment with Latinx Populations addresses the cultural considerations needed for interviewing and conducting psychological evaluations of Latinx individuals. Clinical interviewing techniques and measures across all psychological assessment domains, including diagnosis, personality, and cognition, as well as more specialty-focused areas such as neuropsychological assessment, forensic assessment, and school-based assessment are covered. The class explores the strengths and limitations of each assessment measure with a particular focus on language, research and norming issues, and administration. 

Latinx Psychology Practicum

The Latinx Psychology Practicum guides students in conceptualizing, planning, and implementing culturally responsive interventions with Latinx individuals and families. Individual, family, and group therapy cases, as well as assessments, from the students’ field placements will be presented by the students and reflected upon in the context of the cultural considerations, therapeutic models, and assessment research learned in the previous courses.  Adaptations from multicultural approaches will be applied and creative interventions designed to meet the needs of the Latinx population will be employed and evaluated for effectiveness. 

Spanish Clinical Language Lab: Reinforcing the Therapeutic Alliance with Latinx Clients

This course is offered as a lab for students in the Latinx Psychology Practicum class. It is developed to enhance students' linguistic and cultural clinical competence in Spanish. The lab focuses on learning and using mental health terminology, cultural and linguistic metaphors, practicing clinical interviewing skills in Spanish and how to work with interpreters/translators. The lab is delivered in Spanish and divided into 2 sections of Spanish Proficiency Levels. The lab aims to provide students with hands on clinical skills in Spanish to reinforce the therapeutic alliance with Latinx clients.