Culturally Sensitive Counseling with Latinos
by Patricia Arredondo
In our diverse society, therapists are increasingly likely to work with Latino clients but may lack a core understanding of their day-to-day experiences, worldview, and unique clinical needs. Through poignant discussion and live clinical demonstration, master clinician, consultant, and researcher Patricia Arredondo will fill the gaps in our knowledge and skills so that we may maximize our effectiveness with this population.
Patricia Arredondo is concerned that clinicians unfamiliar with the Latino experience will undermine potential alliances, miss valuable intervention opportunities, and limit therapeutic outcomes through biases and false assumptions. By watching her in a live clinical demonstration, you will learn to to put aside traditional Western individual-oriented beliefs that drive your assessment, diagnostic, and treatment practices. In their place, you will gain meaningful psychotherapeutic insights and skills that will help you to tap into the collectivism that shapes the Latino worldview.

Through incisive clinical observations and culturally targeted interventions, Arredondo will help you to adapt your own therapeutic models and techniques so that you will optimize clinical outcome with Latino clients. Introducing us to the Latino perspective rooted in “marianismo,” “machismo,” and “caballerismo,” she will both broaden your clinical understanding of this population and sharpen your clinical tools. As a result, you will ask better interviewing questions, de-pathologize your assessments, and enhance your case-conceptualization and treatment planning skills.

Formative experiences molded Arredondo’s personal and professional identity as an international expert in multicultural competency. She will model and teach you how to better appreciate and connect with your Latino clients and show you how to “be humble about what we do not know.” In so doing, she will help you to deepen your empathy with Latino clients around their unique values, religious beliefs, family dynamics, and prescribed gender roles.

What therapists are saying…

"Dr. Arredondo eloquently describes the Latinx Diaspora and highlights the complex intersection of such dimensions as race (e.g., colorism), migration experiences, legal status, country of origin, place of birth and/or where one was raised, cultural practices and traditions, and gender role socialization. These dimensions are effectively and superbly brought to life in the counseling demonstration. This is a timely and powerful instructional tool for all clinical mental health counseling training program."

--Azara Santiago Rivera, PhD, Professor and Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Merrimack College
"Dr. Arredondo has rightly been described as a living legend in counseling. This video offers the opportunity to not only hear her thoughts but to see her in action in a counseling session. Dr. Arredondo makes clear how to competently work with Latinx; faculty, trainees and practicing therapists will benefit immensely from her wisdom and example."

--Edward A. Delgado-Romero, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Services & Professor, University of Georgia
“This is a most needed video to advance cultural competency and to prevent microaggressions when working with Latino and Latina clients regardless of immigration status, appearance, or accent. Patricia Arredondo explains how being culturally sensitive may lead some practitioners to place people into stereotypes. She encourages practitioners to remain curious about Latino and Latina clients, not making assumptions about their appearance or accent. This video explains some cultural constructs that may be useful when working with Latino and Latina clients, including: gender, age, Marianismo, Machismo, Caballerismo, and the importance of structured familial expectations. Dr. Arredondo explains how varied Latino cultures are. ”

--Carlos M. Del Rio, PhD, Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Program , Bellevue University
“This video describes the unique worldview of Latinx populations and the ways in which counselors can work with these clients in culturally-responsive ways. The issues addressed by Dr. Arredondo are timely in today’s sociopolitical arena (e.g., immigration) and provide a forum in which counseling trainees can begin to examine their own assumptions and implicit biases about working with this population. Touching on supervision and consultation practices as well, this video provides viewers with a range of tools to use in best serving Latinx clients. This is an extremely helpful resource for counselor educators, clinical supervisors, and front-line practitioners alike!”

--Brittany L. Pollard, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Counseling
“This video takes an honest look at the stereotypes, myths, and common assumptions made regarding the latinx culture. Rehabilitation educators can introduce this learning tool at both the undergraduate and master’s level to enhance student learning outcomes and deepen the understanding of the need for cultural sensitivity especially while supporting individuals with disabilities. The role play provides the opportunity for professionals and students to view theory in action which may further influence aims to strive for cultural proficiency while working in such a diverse society.”

--Christan Horton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Services, Winston Salem State University
“Aredondo helps mental health professionals and students in counseling/psychology programs learn how to be culturally aware on how to counsel Latinx clients. Great information that will challenge, deepen, enrich, expand and refresh your working understanding of how to be as truly useful as possible to any person/family (familia) of Latinx ethnic/cultural roots or heritage seeking counseling/ therapy.”

 --Dr. Mariaimee’ Gonzalez, PhD, Senior Core Faculty at Antioch University, Seattle
​​​"This video would be helpful for any professor to use as a teaching tool for culturally-sensitive case conceptualization. There was a careful consideration of the layers of complexities in working with Latino clients and how topics of belonging, colorism, and cultural scripts continue to be a challenge in Latino wellness. Dr. Arredondo is thoughtful in addressing expectations in the Latino culture, and the importance of clinicians exploring these roles in therapy.​ "

--Jessica Meléndez Tyler, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Auburn University 
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After introducing the viewer to her clinical model through a dynamic and enlightening conversation with Victor Yalom, Dr. Arredondo provides a masterful role play demonstration of her therapeutic techniques. Watch her skillfully and sensitively guide Marta, a Latina client, through a difficult set of life decisions impacted by her internalized culture-bound beliefs. It is as if we are sitting in the room alongside of Dr. Arredondo, watching and learning as she helps Marta to reconcile family-of-origin dynamics on her way to individuation and career satisfaction.

Whether a clinician or clinical educator, you will learn how to apply Dr. Arredondo’s lessons in your own psychotherapy practice to raise client awareness and move them towards fulfilling life changes. Finally, you will develop a clear appreciation for the complex impact of a client’s immigration status on their presenting problem.

By watching this video, you will:
  • identify the core clinical issues to address when working with Latino clients
  • appreciate assumptions and biases that may undermine your therapeutic effectiveness
  • develop culturally-sensitive insight and clinical interviewing skills 

Length of video: 1:17:27

Number of Discs: 0

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

This DVD plays in All Regions

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-548-3

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-548-9

Patricia Arredondo, EdD is an extensively published Counseling Psychologist and Nationally Certified Counselor who was the first Latina president of the American Counseling Association and founding president of the National Latino Psychological Association. President of the Arredondo Advisory Group (AAG), she is considered a national expert and leader in the areas of multicultural competency development within the business and counseling fields both domestically and internationally. Her research interests are broad and along with 100 refereed journal articles, she is best known for her 2014 Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinos (ACA Press) and Becoming Culturally Oriented: Practical Advice for Psychologists and Educators (APA Press, 2006). Arredondo is a highly sought speaker and consultant on a wide range of topics related to diversity practices and social justice. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor with Arizona State University, Fielding University Faculty Fellow and faculty with the New Leadership Academy, University of Michigan.

CE credits: 1.5

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the core clinical issues to address when working with Latino clients
  • Appreciate assumptions and biases that may undermine your therapeutic effectiveness
  • Develop culturally-sensitive insight and clinical interviewing skills
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