Latino Mental Health Program (LMHP)

Bienvenidos y gracias por su interés en proporcionar servicios a la población latina en nuestro país.

Students in the Latino Mental Health Program (LMHP) will complete the core curriculum for training in their degree program. In addition, they will demonstrate, or master, Spanish fluency and Latino cultural knowledge to work as competent clinicians with this diverse population. Specialty training will emphasize an awareness of the social similarities and differences among Latino groups, and an understanding of the social context of Latinos in modern American society. Graduates of the program will acquire greater sensitivity, not just to the role of culture, but also, of economics and other social factors in the developmental, emotional, relational and behavioral aspects pertinent to the mental health of Latinos.

For students of Hispanic/Latino descent, regardless of their level of Spanish fluency, the program will foster self-awareness of the influence of their own cultural beliefs and values in their clinical work with Latino patients/clients. It will also promote a deep appreciation of the rich diversity and idiosyncracies among the Latinos cultures and how these impact on clinical work. For Latino students with limited Spanish fluency the program will offer an opportunity to enhance their linguistic competence.

Students can indicate an interest in the Latino Mental Health Program on the admissions application or during Year 1. If a student is accepted to the Latino Mental Health Program, the student will formally enter the program in Year 1.

Latino Mental Health Students 2012

Academic Concentrations

The Latino Mental Health Program is offered as a concentration in the following academic programs:

Program Highlights
  • Intensive Spanish language training in Guayaquil, Ecuador during one summer. There is also a local immersion option for students unable to complete an international program.
  • Opportunity for Latino students to expand their cultural training in a Spanish-speaking country different from their own cultural heritage.
  • Extensive clinical training in field placements serving Latino patients to enhance the students' sensitivity to the specific mental health needs of Latinos.
  • Required 1 credit Latino Mental Health Program course during the Fall & Spring semesters of each Academic Year. See Academic program pages for details.
  • A variety of activities (e.g., conference, lectures, films, social and cultural events) throughout the year that expose students to various aspects of Latino cultures.
Program Goals
  1. To increase the number of Latino mental health service providers in the United States by providing specialized master’s and doctoral level training in clinical, counseling, and school psychology.
  2. To provide mental health professionals (both Latino and non-Latino) with the language skills, cultural sensitivity, and clinical competence that will enable them to deliver high-quality care to Latino populations.
  3. To train mental health leaders who can create, direct, and deliver high-quality services so as to help eliminate societal disparities that exist with regard to access and quality of mental health care.
Who Can Apply
Applicants with an Intermediate level of Spanish language fluency who have been accepted into a William James College academic program.
For all programs:
CLI CC549 - Introduction Latino Culture (credits: 1) 
CLI CC563 - LMH Summer Immersion (credits: 0) 
CLI CC560 - LMH Immersion Seminar (credits: 1) 
CLI CC550 - The Experience of Latinos in the United States I (credits: 1) 
CLI CC551 - Clinical Work with Latinos I (Clinical Work with Latinos in the United States) (credits: 1) 

Additional for Clinical PsyD, School PsyD and School MA/CAGS:
CLI CS790 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population I (credits: 1) 
CLI CS791 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population II (credits: 1) 

Please visit individual degree program concentration page for specific course sequence.
Cynthia Lucero Scholarship

Each year, we award two Cynthia Lucero Scholarships to deserving students who exhibit a strong dedication and commitment to the delivery of human services to the Latino community. The award is $7,500 per year for a maximum of four years. The Lucero Latino Mental Health Program (LMHP) owes its inspiration to the work of the late Cynthia Lucero, PsyD, a William James College graduate whose career, in part, was devoted to addressing the needs of Spanish-speaking people.

Click here to learn more about the Scholarship.
Click here to learn more about our current Lucero Scholars.

* Please see Policy and Procedures Manual for more details.

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Overcoming Cultural Stigmas About Mental Illness And Barriers To Treatment
May 5, 2014

For millions of Americans battling mental illness, the search for proper care can be long and frustrating. But for those in some ethnic communities, deep-rooted cultural stigmas and language barriers combine to make the obstacles to treatment even more formidable. In this week's FOCUS report, we look at the stigma surrounding mental illness in the Latino community and what's being done to improve access to care.

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Boston Globe | Education & Careers
A Psychology Degree Can Take You Places
January 2014

Herlinda Tin chose a psychology career following a devastating incident in high school. "One of my friends was assaulted, and I was the first person she approached after that. I had no idea what to do. i felt helpless," recalled Tin, a native of Guatemala who grew up in San Francisco. "I went to counseling with her and saw how it helped her."

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Jimenez Receives Honorary Doctorate
Staff Reports | June 5, 2013

MicroTech president and CEO Tony Jimenez received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from William James College’s Sunday at the school's graduation ceremony.

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90.9 WBUR/NPR Radio
Talk of the Nation: Providing Therapy Across Different Cultures
by Neil Conan | February 15, 2012

Stacey Lambert, Director of Diversity Education and Inclusion; Director, Latino Mental Health Program; Associate Director, Clinical Psychology Department, recently interviewed by WBUR/NPR on the topic "Providing Therapy Across Different Cultures."

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The Boston Globe - Help needed
In this country, Latino psychologists are few and far between. A new program in West Roxbury aims to change that.
by Vanessa E. Jones, Globe Staff | July 5, 2006

The lack of Latino psychologists in this country is affecting Hortensia Amaro. Article Tools

In addition to being a distinguished professor of health sciences at Northeastern's Bouve College of Health Sciences, Amaro founded the Mom's Project , an outpatient drug addiction program for pregnant women in Mattapan, about 16 years ago. Then 11 years ago she created Entre Familia , a residential drug treatment program in Mattapan for Latinas and their children.

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