Latino Mental Health Program (LMHP) Concentration

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

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.
Curriculum Map
YEAR ONE
Fall Semester

Complete a concentration declaration form.

Spring Semester
CLI CC549 - The Hispanic/Latino Experience (Introduction Latino Culture) (credits: 1) 

Summer Sessions
Students will go to Guayaquil, Ecuador for four weeks to live with host families, participate in Spanish classes, and engage in volunteer activities at various mental health facilities. Pre-requisite: CLI CC549. Co-requisite: CLI CC560.
CLI CC563 - LMH Summer Immersion (credits: 0) 
CLI CC560 - LMH Immersion Seminar (credits: 1) 

YEAR TWO
Fall Semester

CLI CC550 - The Experience of Latinos in the United States I (credits: 1) 

Spring Semester
CLI CC551 - Clinical Work with Latinos I (Clinical Work with Latinos in the United States) (credits: 1) 

YEARS THREE or FOUR
Fall Semester

CLI CS790 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population I (credits: 1) 
*Requirements: Cognitive Testing Courses, i.e. CLI PA501 - Psychological Assessment I: Foundations of Cognitive Theory and Testing (credits: 2)

Spring Semester
CLI CS791 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population II (credits: 1) 
*Requirements: CLI PM601 - Projective Methods II: Interpretation Strategies Using the Rorschach and Other Projective Tests (credits: 2) 

Additional Notes

  • A minimum of 25% of Field Placement direct services with Latino/Hispanic populations by date of graduation.
  • Students need to complete a Docotral Project with a focus on Latino/Hispanic population
  • All concentration credits can be used as part of electives.
  • If you belong to two concentrations, speak with the Director of LMHP for course planning (i.e. LMHP testing courses meet requirement for Neuropsych electives).
  • All courses are offered on Wednesday evenings (6:40-8:30 pm, every other weeek).
  • Summer immersion grouip travels from third week in July to third week in August.
FAQs

Q: What concentrations are offered through the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health (CMGMH)?

A: There are three CMGMH concentrations: African & Caribbean Mental Health, Global Mental Health, and the Latino Mental Health Program.


Q: Can I enroll in more than one concentration?

A: Yes! Many of the students in CMGMH concentrations are enrolled in more than one concentration. In addition, concentrations can be completed at one of two levels: “Major Area of Study” or “Emphasis”. 


Q: What’s the difference between a “Major Area of Study” and an “Emphasis”?

A: Students enrolled in a PsyD Program can complete a CMGMH concentration at the “Major Area of Study” level. This requires between 8-9 course credits, depending on the concentration. Students enrolled in a Master’s or PsyD Program can complete a CMGMH concentration at the “Emphasis” level. This requires between 4-5 course credits, depending on the concentration.


Q: Do I have to participate in an international immersion trip? I don't think I can spend that much time away from home. 

A: No, you do not have to participate in an international immersion trip. There are opportunities for local immersions that won't require you leaving home and will still fulfill the concentration requirements. 


Q: If I declare a CMGMH concentration, will I have to do my Doctoral Project on that topic?

A: Students who are completing a concentration as a Major Area of Study are required to do a doctoral project on a topic germane to their concentration. It is recommended that at least one of their doctoral project committee members be a CMGMH faculty or a professional with substantial experience or expertise in the field. Students who are completing an Emphasis are encouraged (but not required) to choose a doctoral project with a focus on the population of interest.


Q: How will a CMGMH concentration affect my field placement choices?

Students in a CMGMH concentration will complete their practicum or internship placements at clinical training sites that have been approved by the concentration directors. The list of approved training sites can be accessed via SSIG. Also, at least 25% of the training experience will be with culturally diverse clients or organizations that serve the population of interest. 


Q: Are there other requirements that I should know about?

A: To support students’ professional growth and development, CMGMH requires that all concentration students attend at least one Continuing Education (CE) event annually that is sponsored or approved by the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health.


Q: I saw that October 15, 2016 was the deadline to apply for a concentration. It is past the deadline but I still would like to declare a concentration. What do I do?

A: October 15th was the official deadline, but you may be able to declare a concentration up until registration for spring courses. There will be an additional opportunity to declare CMGMH concentrations in the spring. Contact the director of the concentration that you are interested in applying for to find out if you are still able to declare.


Q: What is the enrollment process?

A: CMGMH concentrations are open to all WJC students who have a strong interest in serving historically marginalized individuals, families and communities. To enroll, students should download and complete both the Concentration Application Form and the Concentration Declaration Form from the Registrar’s Office webpage, and submit it to the concentration director. The Concentration Declaration Form must first be reviewed by the student’s advisor. Students typically apply in the fall semester of their first year and begin courses during the second semester of their first year.


Q: I am interested in learning more about the international immersion programs. Who do I contact?

A: Students who are interested in the Ecuador immersion program should contact Dr. Mari Carmen Bennasar (mari_bennasar@williamjames.edu).

Students who are interested in the Guyana immersion program should contact Dr. Natalie Cort (natalie_cort@williamjames.edu).

Students who are interested in the Haiti immersion program should contact Dr. Gemima St. Louis (gemima_stlouis@williamjames.edu) and Dr. Jill Bloom (jill_bloom@williamjames.edu).

Students who are interested in the Kenya immersion program should contact Dr. Claire Fialkov (claire_fialkov@williamjames.edu) and Dr. David Haddad (david_haddad@williamjames.edu).


Q: Where can I find additional information about CMGMH concentrations?

If you have any questions about the concentration requirements, please email cmgmh@williamjames.edu or contact the concentration directors:

African & Caribbean Mental Health: Dr. Gemima St. Louis (gemima_stlouis@williamjames.edu)

Global Mental Health: Dr. Jill Bloom (jill_bloom@williamjames.edu)

Latino Mental Health: Dr. Mari Carmen Bennasar (mari_bennasar@williamjames.edu)

 

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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