Brief Psychotherapy with the Latino Immigrant Client

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Understand the unique needs, beliefs, and values of your Latino immigrant clients!

Brief Psychotherapy with the Latino Immigrant Client is a manual for the practicing psychotherapist or student, with tips on the assessment process and suggested interventions that work efficiently. With this book you will explore the influence of medical anthropological concepts on Latino immigrant populations in North America. The author draws on her experience as both a medical anthropologist and a licensed psychotherapist and on her extensive fieldwork in the Amazon for help in developing psychosociocultural assessments of Spanish-speaking migrants.

This valuable book examines which kinds of therapy work for the growing Latino immigrant population and looks at metaphors (dichos) that can be used to help in brief interventions for clinical issues.

In relation to the specific beliefs, values, and sentiments of these clients, Brief Psychotherapy with the Latino Immigrant Client presents:

  • hypnosis techniques that work with this population
  • behavior modification and cognitive restructuring techniques
  • specific culturally appropriate metaphors for distinctive clinical issues
  • an examination of alcohol issues in this population
  • psychological issues that go along with tuberculosis
  • hints for the non-Latino therapist who deals with Latino clients
  • case studies that illustrate the book's principles of care and assessment
  • shamanic techniques of healing that can provide a model for treating these clients
Brief Psychotherapy with the Latino Immigrant Client includes a glossary of Spanish terms, appendixes on hypnotic pain control inductions, sample tests, scales and diagrams, several case studies, and listings of Spanish language resources. Every therapist who treats Latino immigrants should own this book!
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Editorial Reviews

Rios (psychiatry and human behavior, U. of California-Irvine and anthropology, emeritus, California State U.-Fullerton) blends her years of studying with traditional shamanic healers in Latin America with her career in clinical psychiatry to offer culturally relevant therapies for other psychotherapists who assess and treat Latino immigrant clients. The nine chapters range from assessment and useful techniques to specific clinical issues. Appendices include details for hypnosis and Spanish language resources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789010896
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 62.50 (w) x 85.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. An Anthropologist Becomes a Psychotherapists: Lessons from Shamanistic Healing
  • Medical Anthropology Concepts
  • The Biology of Hope
  • Chapter 2. Sociocultural and Psychological Assessment of the Latino Immigrant Managed Care Patient
  • Acculturative Stress
  • Socioeconomic Status of the Latino Client
  • Migration and Mental Health
  • Communication Style
  • Ethnic Identity and Value Orientation
  • Gender Issues
  • Cultural Mores
  • Health Beliefs and Practices
  • Chapter 3. What Techniques Work for the Spanish-Speaking Client?
  • The Social Status of the Therapist
  • Gender of the Psychotherapist
  • Chapter 4. Metaphor and Misery: Does Everyone Think the Same Way?
  • Cognitive Development and Schooling
  • Metaphors: Some Examples
  • Chapter 5. The Typical Course of Therapy with the Spanish-Speaking, Time-Limited Patient
  • Chapter 6. Clinical Issues
  • Pain Control and the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Marital Problems Among Immigrants
  • Attention Deficit Disorders with Hyperactivity
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Panic Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Psychopharmacology and the Spanish-Speaking Patient
  • Rebellious Teens
  • AIDS
  • Chapter 7. Alcohol, Tuberculosis, and the Spanish-Speaking Immigrant
  • Useful Intervention Techniques for the Latino Alcohol Patient
  • The Tuberculosis Patient
  • Chapter 8. Maria, the Murderer, and the Misogynist
  • The Case
  • The Therapy Process: The Client
  • The Therapy Process: The Therapist
  • Chapter 9. The Non-Latino Psychotherapist and the Spanish-Speaking Patient
  • Using Interpreters
  • Appendix A: Hypnotic Inductions in English and Spanish
  • Suggestions and Metaphors for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Pain Control (English Translation)
  • Spanish Translation
  • Appendix B: Tests, Scales, and Resources Available in Spanish
  • Parenting Education
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Resources
  • Book Resources
  • Daily Duties
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Rational-Emotive Therapy Test of Irrational Thinking
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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