Dímelo en Español: Collaborative Therapeutic Conversations with Latino Immigrant Families
Despite the wish to maintain cultural awareness in therapy, Latino families are frequently faced with approaches that are incongruent to their cultural needs. In the experiences of Silvia B. Espinal, LCSW, and Genoveva Garcia, LCSW, Latino families often have to adjust to the pre-established mainstream model attending to their unique situations. As the Latino population in New York and in the entire country continues to grow, therapists need to work from a multicultural framework that embraces a deeper understanding of the Latino immigrant experience. It is fundamental for therapists to cultivate a compassionate understanding of the Latino youth experience in relation to their families, their sense of self and their socio-cultural contexts. Dímelo en Español is committed to exploring the unique dilemmas of first and second generation Latino youth and their families. Using cultural humility and a collaborative stance, the presenters will clarify the concerns that bring families to therapy, unpack the meanings attached to the family’s migration narratives and help families discern the challenges of parenting and being parented in a bilingual/bicultural environment.
Using video and clinical material Silvia and Genoveva will engage participants in conversations that will enhance therapeutic skills in working with this population.
Silvia B. Espinal, LCSW, began her family therapy training as a graduate student at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is currently the Director of the Latino Youth and Family Immigration Project and a Faculty member at the Ackerman. As a Latina immigrant and a family therapist, Silvia’s biculturalism and bilingualism have helped her grow a genuine and unique passion for the immigrant experience. She uses this strength based approach when working with families. In addition to having a private practice in New York City seeing a wide range of diverse populations, Silvia has extensive experience working in community mental health clinics, small psychotherapy group practices, and large inner-city medical settings.
Genoveva Garcia, LCSW, has extensive experience working with the Latino immigrant population and has worked in various settings including community-based mental health facilities, grassroots organizations, and with college students in New York City. She received her Master’s degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and holds a Psychology Degree from Mexico, (Licenciada en Psycología) by the Instituto Tecnológico y Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO). In addition, Genoveva is a graduate of the Ackerman Institute and is currently a faculty consultant and teaching fellow at the Institute. She is a Clinic Associate in the Latino Youth and Family Immigration Project and she maintains a private practice in New York City. Genoveva’s personal experience as an immigrant from Mexico and her journey as a family therapist inform her commitment to working with diverse communities using a relational, culturally sensitive and socially-just framework.
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5
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