course »Working with Spanish-Speaking Families in Child Welfare: Cultural & Language Considerations

Date: 5/19/2017, 9:00 am—4:30 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 6
Location: Oakland
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Phone: 510-601-0203
Working with Latino families? This class will be perfect for you. This class will explore statistics, etiquette, different family values, rituals, religion, and different teaching and learning implications of Latino Families. Discussed will be general family beliefs regarding mental health and disabilities and other important concepts in the Latino culture. What is acculturation and how do we best understand and help Latino families through their process? Working with Latino families requires an understanding of different worldviews that may impact how individuals communicate with professionals as well as their own children, and how these worldviews shape expectations for development.

Cultural sensitivity and competence will be addresses and the importance of effective professional and personal boundaries will be reviewed. Clinical terminology and vocabulary relevant to our field with be presented. Participants will be reminded of the importance of their own triggers and how to best have intentional interaction vs. reactions. How do we best manage these and creating awareness for ourselves, as providers, to be truly effective in our roles.

Class objectives:
  1. Review cultural values and norms of Latino families. These include etiquette, family values, rituals, religion, acculturation issues, and beliefs towards mental health and disabilities. Learn how to best address these and work with these in a professional and culturally sensitive manner.
  2. What is acculturation? How to we best support and understand this. Suggestions for cross cultural collaboration and advocacy will be explored. Creating awareness and truly being culturally sensitive and aware will be explored through group exercises exploring our own triggers and cultural lens.
  3. Helpful clinical terminology in Spanish will be given to each participant and tips for how to best engage Latino families will be reviewed.