Latino Diversity and Treatment Considerations
Friday, March 3, 2023 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Online via Zoom
4.0 CE Hours for Social Work (MICEC) and MCBAP (RELATED)
Course fee: $69
Presenter: Osvaldo “Ozzie” Rivera, LMSW
The workshop provides a historical, cultural and geographical overview of the “roots” of, history and current realities facing Latinos in America. This includes looking at the primary racial/cultural influences, Spanish, other European, Native American and African while not forgetting other elements. Though covering similarities among the varied populations, Ozzie also looks intensively at why there is significant diversity among this population. Thus, the presentation covers pre-Columbian history and European/African settlement patterns throughout the Americas, the Latino influence in what we now call the U.S. prior to the Mayflower as well as the impact on American culture, political and civil rights movement. We explore settlement within the current U.S. boundaries, the development of leadership and current social and political issues that have a great impact on Latinos e.g. immigration, bilingual education, economics etc. This understanding can lay the foundation from which program developers and practitioners can more effectively interact with members of this ethnic/racial group. In addition to the use of a PowerPoint presentation as a way to cover a broad area of discussion points, an engaging lecture style and interactive session is utilized. This includes breakout sessions for participants to process workshop information linking it to treatment approaches. Additional information, concentrating on treatment considerations, would be provided to workshop participants.