A Sociocultural Approach for the Understanding and Treatment of Young Latinas Experiencing Self-Harming Behavior

In the search for answers to the disproportionate rates of attempted suicide among young Latinas, research has identified family conflict, racial and ethnic discrimination, and immigration-related traumas as factors in the sociocultural environment that play a role in their decisions to attempt suicide. This workshop will further and complicate the conversations about these research findings by bringing a diversity of perspectives including young Latinas’ voices found online. By bringing young Latinas’ digital presence to the discussion, the connection between the brutality of their environment and their self-inflicted violence becomes real and concrete. Also, following Hardy’s and Laszloffy’s  model to approach “Teens Who Hurt”, and again using digital sources, this workshop will illustrate interventions to counteract the devaluation young Latinas are subjected to, help restore their sense of community, re-humanize their multiple loss, and re-channel their rage.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn new theoretical models to explain the high levels of self-harming and suicidal behavior in young Latinas
  • Identify the emotional, familial, social, political and historical forces intersecting with young Latina identity and social identity developments


Gloria Lopez-Henriquez, DSW, LCSW, Adjunct faculty, School of Social work, Rutgers University; Consultant, Princeton Board of Education; Board Member, Latino Action Network Foundation; Supervisor and trainer, Through The Lifetime, LLC; Private Practitioner; former faculty member, The Center for Family , Community and Social Justice; former Consultant and Research Therapist, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown Medical Center

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $140
CE Contact Hours: 5

To register by phone or fax click here.

If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111