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Social work practice with Latinos: key issues for social workers.

Authors
  • Furman, Rich
  • Negi, Nalini Junko
  • Iwamoto, Derek Kenji
  • Rowan, Diana
  • Shukraft, Allison
  • Gragg, Jennifer
Type
Published Article
Journal
Social work
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2009
Volume
54
Issue
2
Pages
167–174
Identifiers
PMID: 19366165
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Latino population is the fastest growing group in the United States; thus, it is imperative that social workers and other mental health practitioners be knowledgeable about the current literature on how to effectively serve this population. This article elucidates key issues and knowledge, such as immigration and migration concerns; discusses how to assess for levels of acculturation; examines cultural values; and highlights salient work issues and health disparities that Latinos experience. Recommendations on how agencies and universities can recruit and promote bilingual practitioners are introduced. Finally, culturally responsive strategies for professional use of self and fostering the therapeutic alliance are discussed.

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