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Overview


The booming Latino population is changing the face of the United States, driving the need for innovative, culturally competent social and mental health services tailored to this diverse community. The first authoritative book of its kind, Social Work with Latinos outlines a solid framework for understanding and helping Latino clients. Unlike any other textbook, this practical guide focuses on cultural assets, illustrating how helping professionals can draw on the strengths and unique characteristics of the community when designing programs and interventions.

Beginning with a thorough demographic profile of Latinos in the United States today, Melvin Delgado introduces students to key issues that they must grasp as social workers if they are to provide effective interventions to increasingly heterogeneous group. He grounds the Latino experience within a broad social, economic, and political context, equipping students to appreciate and amplify their clients' personal and cultural strengths and values. One of the book's central elements is Delgado's clear six-stage guide to social work practice with Latinos, which draws on a variety of principles, strategies, and techniques to inform best practices. With its strong emphasis on critical thinking and evidence-based practice, and a vivid presentation of the multifaceted Latino community, this much-needed guide is an outstanding resource for students and professionals alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Dr. Delgado takes the readers to a level beyond the basic knowledge that is available in the social work profession about the Latino population. As a professional Latina it is intellectually stimulating to see a book that goes deeper in exploring cultural and institutional issues that affect the lives of immigrant families....Dr. Delgado's formulation of a cultural assets paradigms offers the reader a theoretical view of ways to assess and design interventions that are supportive of Latino culture." - Ana Paulino, EdD, ACSW, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York

"Melvin Delgado provides a refreshing alternative to the old deficit approach to social service practice with Latino populations. I am sure this model will greatly aid in the development of culturally relevant evidence-based practices that will prove to be effective in addressing many of the health and social problems confronted by Latinos at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels." - Mario de la Rosa, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work and Director, Center for Research on US Latinos, Florida International University

"Dr. Delgado takes the readers to a level beyond the basic knowledge that is available in the social work profession about the Latino population. As a professional Latina it is intellectually stimulating to see a book that goes deeper in exploring cultural and institutional issues that affect the lives of immigrant families....Dr. Delgado's formulation of a cultural assets paradigms offers the reader a theoretical view of ways to assess and design interventions that are supportive of Latino culture." - Ana Paulino, EdD, ACSW, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York

"Melvin Delgado provides a refreshing alternative to the old deficit approach to social service practice with Latino populations. I am sure this model will greatly aid in the development of culturally relevant evidence-based practices that will prove to be effective in addressing many of the health and social problems confronted by Latinos at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels." - Mario de la Rosa, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work and Director, Center for Research on US Latinos, Florida International University

"Professor Delgado has provided an essential scholarly achievement that will continue to provide direction and guidance to scholars, advocates, practitioners, and policy makers engaged in serving and understanding the Latino community in the United States. The book is a timely and thoughtful volume that provides a different assessment and a calming voice to an increasingly heated and difficult national debate on immigration reform."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195301182
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Melvin Delgado, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Macro Practice at Boston University School of Social Work. Dr. Delgado has devoted his professional life to working in and researching undervalued communities in the United States, with particular focus on Latinos and community asset paradigms.

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Table of Contents

SECTION 1: Setting the Stage
1. Context Grounding
2. Demographic Profile, Trends & Commentary
3. Health, Social & Educational Needs Profile
4. Best Practices with Latinos
SECTION 2: A Conceptual Foundation on Access, Culture, & Assets
5. Access Challenges to Service Delivery
6. Latino Cultural Values & Beliefs
7. A Cultural Assets Paradigm: A Conceptual Foundation
8. A Cultural Assets Paradigm: Practice Applications & Considerations
9. Epilogue

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