The Bilingual Counselor's Guide to Spanish: Basic Vocabulary and Interventions for the Non-Spanish Speaker.
xiv, 196 p.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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Intended for mental health professionals, this text features Spanish terminology and cultural phrases specific to the mental health profession to enable professionals to expand their client base to include Spanish speakers. It begins by discussing the benefits of learning at least some basic Spanish skills and providing a brief historical overview of Latino culture and people. The diversity of Latinos and cultural norms and family systems are reviewed, language acquisition tips are shared, and the basic structure of the language and key verbs are explained. Following chapters focus on vocabulary specific to specialties or counseling branches, including counselors, social workers, and psychologists, school counselors and school psychologists, and substance abuse professionals. These chapters teach practical vocabulary and include practice sections and case studies in English and Spanish. The final chapter discusses the importance of developing Spanish materials in any mental health agency or school, strategies for employing fully bilingual specialists for agencies or schools, and establishing rules for the interpretation process. Numerous references.
Mental health services; Mental health personnel; Latinos; Language development; Cultural competency; Cultural differences; communication; immigrants; Cultural factors; Psychologists