Title

Social Work Practice With Latinos: Key Issues for Social Workers

Publication Date

4-1-2009

Document Type

Article

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.

Publication Title

Social Work

Volume

54

Issue

2

First Page

167

Last Page

174

Version

open access