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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Latino Psychology Specialty

Chile Exchange

  • Francisca

    Francisca Arancibia Yufer, Universidad del Desarrollo

    My name is Francisca Arancibia Yufer and I am 23 years old. I have lived my whole life in Santiago de Chile, which means that my first language is Spanish. I also have Switzerland inheritance and nationality. I attended a private German School, so I have a B2 level of German and a moderate level of English speaking skills. When I was 17 years old, I traveled 2 months to Germany, which was my first time outside South America, and in 2012, I graduated from high school. This year (2017-2018), I traveled for the first time to the USA to participate in a 5-month internship as an extern student in psychology at Salud Family Health Centers. This was a great way to approach and experience living in another country, and to interact with the Latinx and immigrant community as patients in an integrated health care environment. This has been both challenging and rewarding. I understand firsthand how getting used to a new country with a new language, new customs, and new relationships can be a very challenging task. This opportunity has allowed me to gain new perspectives, to approach problems differently, and to experience my own acculturation process which I hope has allowed me to better serve my patients/clients here. The exchange program between the Latinx Psychology Specialty at DU's GSPP and UDD has been an experience that has been invaluable and enriched me as a future psychologist. I hope to be able to apply my trainings in the future, wherever that may be. One of my hobbies is to make crafts. I have sung almost all my life and took classes for more than 7 years. I like to exercise, watch TV, and spend time with the people I love.


  • Francesca

    Francesca Cordero di Montezemolo, Universidad del Desarrollo

    Francesca Cordero di Montezemolo is in her last semester as a Psychology student at the University of Denver's Latinx Psychology Specialty exchange/intercambio. She studied Psychology in Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD), Santiago, Chile, and after getting a scholarship to go to Denver from the Psychology Department at UDD, she decided to do her practicum as a child and family therapist at Denver Children's Advocacy Center, while also attending a class at the University of Denver. She is very interested in working with children and families that have suffered some kind of trauma, including child sexual abuse, to do therapy as an individual and as a collective as well. She is also interested in prevention work and reaching out to Latinx communities that do not know where to find resources.


  • Matias

    Matías Lopéz, Universidad del Desarrollo

    Matías López is a student in Concepción, Chile. He's part of the University of Denver's Latinx Psychology Specialty 2017 exchange/intercambio. Matías is from Valdivia, Chile, known as 'La Perla del Sur' and has participated for three years as a volunteer for "Sonríe UDD" where students from different careers go into rural towns to help the community in different matters. He completed his practicum within the exchange at the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) North Federal Child & Family Outpatient Clinic because of his interest in working with children, adolescents, and families. He is especially drawn to MHCD because of their community approach in addition to the many clinical services they offer. Throughout the exchange, Matías was able to attend different trainings offered by MHCD to learn how mental health services are provided in the United States, become familiar with the values of the organization and gain skills needed from child & family therapists. He had the experience of treating children between 5 and 13 years old individually, in family settings, and in group therapy. Play therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy have been the most utilized techniques during the different services given, under constant supervision during the whole internship. Once Matías returns to Chile, he wants to apply for a child & family therapist position in the public service in order to contribute to the community using knowledge acquired during the internship. He states that one of the biggest lessons during his practicum training was to focus on the person and not the pathology. Coming from an academic program which promoted the clinical view of symptoms and disorders, MHCD helped him to observe the person he's serving as a human being.


Students 2016-2017


  • Daniela

    Daniela Pacheco, Universidad del Desarrollo

    Este intercambio académico ha sido de gran enriquecimiento tanto en lo personal como en lo profesional. Mi interés por la psicología clínica y comunitaria empezó cuando realice mis primeros voluntarios en zonas vulnerables del sur de Chile. En los voluntariados trabajábamos en equipo junto a compañeros de todas las carreras de la universidad de una manera integral y multidisciplinar. Es por este motivo mi gran emoción cuando tuve la oportunidad de trabajar en un centro de práctica de cuidados primarios que incluía todo lo anterior, dirigiéndose especialmente al cuidado y entrega de servicios a la población latina en Colorado, Estados Unidos. Esto ha hecho que mi experiencia de intercambio sea muy distinta a posibles otras y voy a estar siempre muy agradecida de la asociación de la Universidad de Denver y la Universidad del Desarrollo por la oportunidad. Acá se aprende bajo la práctica, un aprendizaje que no lo podría haber encontrado en mi país y que espero que después de 10 meses de training en la clínica de cuidados primarios Salud Family Health Centers sea capaz de llevarlo a Chile, para hacer el cambio en la comunidad, sobre todo en el sistema de salud público.