Mental Health Care for New Hispanic Immigrants: Innovative Approaches in Contemporary Clinical Practice

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While many Hispanic groups have lived in the mainland United States for years, there now is a growth of new groups, such as Dominicans in New York City and Cuban refugees that are in need of culturally competent mental health care. Mental Health Care for New Hispanic Immigrants: Innovative Approaches in Contemporary Clinical Practice will help mental health clinicians gain insight into essential clinical issues facing those who work with these new immigrants. This text, designed to aid in direct clinical practice, will guide you in the effective delivery of comprehensive psychosocial services. It arms you with the latest demographic information and offers valuable suggestions for treatment in different modalities for under-served Hispanic groups.

Mental Health Care for New Hispanic Immigrants: Innovative Approaches in Contemporary Clinical Practice presents insights and practice approaches from respected authorities and explores latest trends on these new populations. You’ll find an in-depth examination of the mental health disparities in Hispanic immigrants, a conceptual overview of reasons for immigration and migration patterns, and a look at the unique stressors new groups face which impact immigrants’ mental health. Detailed data on each group, important highlights of pertinent historical aspects, and in-depth discussions of helpful assessment, treatment, and practice issues provide effective approaches illustrated through discussion and case studies.

In Mental Health Care for New Hispanic Immigrants: Innovative Approaches in Contemporary Clinical Practice, you will find:

  • detailed research and clinical information about new immigrant groups
  • explorations of the growth of new groups, such as Dominicans in New York City and Cuban refugees recently reaching the shores of Florida
  • information on psychosocial stressors, psychiatric diagnoses, and utilization of services among undocumented immigrants
  • effective outreach techniques
  • a detailed list of resources including extensive Web sites, national centers for the study of Hispanic groups, and important published works used for research and practice
  • up-to-date demographics on new groups
Mental Health Care for New Hispanic Immigrants: Innovative Approaches in Contemporary Clinical Practice brings vital information geared to the direct practice professional in psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, and psychiatry, as well as graduate-level students in these fields.
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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book covers many issues involved in providing mental healthcare for recent Hispanic immigrants. The Latino population is now the largest minority group in the U.S., according to the latest census, so clinicians need to be apprised of the most up-to-date research and practice. This book was copublished simultaneously as Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Services, Volume 3, Numbers 1/2 2005.
Purpose: In the foreword, Ian A. Canino states that the book "specifically addresses the psychological and cultural profiles that distinguish migrant Latino groups in this country. In doing so it informs mental health clinicians about competent interventions." The book definitely meets the editors' objectives.
Audience: The intended audience is mental health clinicians, but graduate students in psychology, psychiatry, and social work would benefit as well. The editors are very credible authorities. Dr. Manny Gonzalez, Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, is currently conducting psychotherapy intervention research with Hispanic children. Dr. Gladys Gonzalez-Ramos, Associate Professor at the New York School of Social Work and Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine, is working with persons and family caregivers from culturally diverse backgrounds affected by Parkinson's disease. Both editors have published fairly extensively and the contributors are credible authorities in mental healthcare for Hispanic clients.
Features: This book focuses on recent Hispanic immigrants including Mexicans, Cubans, Dominicans, South Americans, and Central Americans. Many of the chapters include demographic profile, mental health service utilization, research on symptom expression and ethnocultural factors, research on mental health practice with ethnic minorities, family caregiving and participation in services, and implications for practice. The book is good because it is practical, integrating the latest research with practice ideas. It is easy to read and covers a number of Hispanic groups. The appendix offers a resource list of National Hispanic Organizations. However, I was a little disappointed because there was not much written about Puerto Rican culture. In addition, there were very few clinical case studies.
Assessment: All in all, this book contains important research and clinical information for clinicians working with Hispanic clients. Since it focuses almost exclusively on recent immigrants, it is somewhat unique.
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Table of Contents

  • Foreword: Culturally Competent Mental Health Care with New Hispanic Immigrants (Ian A. Canino)
  • Chapter 1. Health Disparities in the Hispanic Population: An Overview (Gladys González-Ramos and Manny J. González)
  • Chapter 2. Mental Health in the Hispanic Immigrant Community: An Overview (Peter J. Guarnaccia, Igda Martinez, and Henry Acosta)
  • Chapter 3. Mental Health Care of Hispanic Immigrant Children: A School-Based Approach (Gladys González-Ramos and Manny J. González)
  • Chapter 4. Concepts of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Older Hispanics (Cathy S. Berkman, Peter J. Guarnaccia, Naelys Diaz, Lee W. Badger, and Gary J. Kennedy)
  • Chapter 5. Serious Mental Illness Among Mexican Immigrant Families: Implications for Culturally Relevant Practice (Concepcion Barrio and Ann Marie Yamada)
  • Chapter 6. Psychosocial Stressors, Psychiatric Diagnoses, and Utilization of Mental Health Services Among Undocumented Immigrant Latinos (M. Carmela Peréz and Lisa Fortuna)
  • Chapter 7. Mental Health Intervention with Dominican Immigrants: A Psychosocial Perspective (Annecy Baez)
  • Chapter 8. The Mariel and Balsero Cuban Immigrant Experience: Family Reunification Issues and Treatment Recommendations (Manny J. González, José Lopez, and Eunjeong Ko)
  • Chapter 9. Counseling South American Immigrants (Jairo N. Fuertes, Vincent C. Alfonso, and Janet T. Schultz)
  • Chapter 10. Central American Survivors of Political Violence: An Examination of Contextual Factors and Practice Issues (David W. Engstrom and Lissette M. Piedra)
  • Chapter 11. The Future of Culturally Competent Mental Health Care for Latino Immigrants (William Vega)
  • Appendix
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Includedtents
  • Foreword: Culturally Competent Mental Health Care with New Hispanic Immigrants
  • Chapter 1. Health Disparities in the Hispanic Population: An Overview
  • Chapter 2. Mental Health in the Hispanic Immigrant Community: An Overview
  • Chapter 3. Mental Health Care of Hispanic Immigrant Children: A School-Based Approach
  • Chapter 4. Concepts of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Older Hispanics
  • Chapter 5. Serious Mental Illness Among Mexican Immigrants: Implications for Culturally Relevant Practice
  • Chapter 6. Psychosocial Stressors, Psychiatric Diagnoses and Utilization of Mental Health Services Among Undocumented Immigrant Latinos
  • Chapter 7. Mental Health Intervention with Dominican Immigrants: A Psychosocial Perspective
  • Chapter 8. The Mariel and Balsero Cuban Immigrant Experience: Family Reunification Issues and Treatment Recommendations
  • Chapter 9. Counseling South American Immigrants
  • Chapter 10. Central American Survivors of Political Violence: An Examination of Contextual Factors and Practice Issues
  • Chapter 11. The Future of Culturally Competent Mental Health Care for Latino Immigrants
  • Appendix
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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