Spanish Language Psychological Service and Research Specialization Goals and Objectives

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Goal #1: To produce graduates who can understand and speak Spanish at a competency level sufficient for ethical and responsible provision of psychological services to Spanish speaking clients.

  • Objective 1a: Graduates are knowledgeable of a broad range of vocabulary in Spanish that is commonly used by Spanish speaking individuals to communicate thoughts, feelings, behaviors, perceptions, and experiences related to topics addressed in mental health counseling and research.
  • Objective 1b: Graduates can communicate effectively in Spanish regarding thoughts, feelings, behaviors, perceptions, and experiences related to topics addressed in mental health counseling and research.

Goal #2: To produce graduates who are knowledgeable about Latino/a Spanish speaking populations in the U.S. with respect to sociopolitical history, cultural and linguistic norms, and within group variation.

  • Objective 2a: Graduates can describe the sociopolitical history of two or more U.S. Spanish speaking populations.
  • Objective 2b: Graduates are knowledgeable of cultural and linguistic norms and within group variation associated with two or more U.S. Spanish speaking populations.

Goal #3: To produce graduates who are committed to multicultural competence, social justice, and enhancing the welfare of Spanish speaking people in clinical and research practices.

  • Objective 3a: Graduates demonstrate commitment to continuous cultural learning.
  • Objective 3b: Graduates demonstrate commitment to continuous enhancement of language skills.
  • Objective 3c: Graduates demonstrate knowledge of equity and justice issues faced by Spanish-speaking Latino/a people.
  • Objective 3d: Graduates are able to engage in culturally competent clinical practice with Spanish speaking Latina/o clients that reflects social justice values.

Goal #4: To produce graduates who understand the standards of knowledge for bilingual therapy provision and research, including a strong commitment to ethical practice.

  • Objective 4a: Graduates demonstrate knowledge of best practices in provision of mental health services to Spanish speaking Latina/o people.
  • Objective 4b: Graduates demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles and standards of practice relevant to provision of mental health services to Spanish speaking Latina/o people.
  • Objective 4c: Graduates demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles and standards of practice relevant to conducting research with Spanish speaking Latina/o people.

COMPETENCIES

Expected competencies of participants who complete the SLPSR specialization:

Competency 1: Students demonstrate ability to provide effective context-sensitive psychological interventions with Latina/o adults and/or children and families who speak Spanish.

Competency 2: Students demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based practices with Spanish-speaking populations.

Competency 3: Students demonstrate incorporation of the ecological model in case conceptualization, intervention, evaluation of treatment, and research with Spanish-speaking Latina/o clients/participants.

Competency 4: Students demonstrate awareness and understanding of diversity among Latina/o and Spanish-speaking clients, and influential contextual issues (e.g., culture, identity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marginalization, poverty, etc.).

Competency 5: Students apply knowledge of diversity and contextual issues to all aspects of clinical work with Spanish-speaking clients and research with Spanish-speaking Latina/o participants.

Competency 6: Students recognize connections between injustice, oppression, and mental health, and the responsibility to address these issues as relevant in their work with Spanish-speaking Latina/o clients.

Competency 7: Students competently apply multicultural knowledge, experience, theory and scholarship to their own research with Spanish-speaking Latina/o participants.

Competency 8: Students demonstrate commitment to learning and enhancement of multicultural and Spanish language competencies, including continued development of critical self-awareness in areas such as privilege, power, social justice, and identity.

Competency 9: Students demonstrate competence in applying established ethical principles and practices in all facets of their professional work with Spanish-speaking Latina/o adults and child/family populations.

Competency 10: Students demonstrate awareness of their strengths and areas of needed development for effective clinical work and research with Spanish-speaking Latina/o clients, including recognizing how their privilege, identities, and power influence their research and practice activities.