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Social Work Practice with Hispanic Families

Understand how Latino culture will influence your interactions with Hispanic families.

In SOWK 7321 Social Work Practice with Hispanic Families, you will prepare for social work interactions with Hispanic families by examining culture, theory, engagement, assessment, interventions, and evaluation.

Course Description

A unique aspect of this course is that you will find a Hispanic family willing to work with you throughout the term as you practice many skills, including assessment and intervention. With this family, you will complete three assignments:

  1. A family interview and assessment, after which you will develop an Assessment Report based on the information they provide.
  2. A video-recorded SBIRT role-play interview with one member of the family.
  3. A theoretical interview resulting in a case summary of the two interviews above, followed by a video-recorded interview session using three therapeutic techniques.

In addition to your work with your volunteer family, you will explore Hispanic cultural values and beliefs and gain insight into principles for culturally competent practice with Hispanic families. You will consider different types of family organization, issues faced by Hispanic families, disruptions on their family life cycle, and the effects of the social constructs facilismo, marianismo, and machismo.

As you learn to apply client-centered, evidence-based interventions that are culturally appropriate, you will examine a number of intervention and therapy models and their application to Hispanic families:

  • Family systems/multi-generational
  • Human validation
  • Structural
  • Solution-focused/solution-oriented
  • Narrative
  • Cognitive-behavioral

Sample Learning Exercise

Choosing an individual from your family, assess his or her level of risk for drug and alcohol misuse, and then practice motivational interviewing to compare that level of use to the low risk determinants and decide if he or she would like to learn more or get additional assistance related to these concerns.

Assignment Example

At the beginning of this course, create a genogram by diagramming three generations of your family according to assigned criteria. At the end of the term, revisit those impressions through the lens of various theories covered in the course.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, you will focus on core topics or themes. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Cultural Competency and Social Work Practice with Hispanic Families
  • Hispanic Families at Risk, Family Organization, and Family Life Cycle
  • Engagement and Assessment with Hispanic Families
  • Assessment with Hispanic Families
  • Interventions with Hispanic Families
  • Evaluation of Interventions and Terminations with Hispanic Families

Learning Outcomes

Through SOWK 7321, you will gain a better understanding of topics specific to professional social work identity, values and ethics, diversity, human rights, social and economic justice, and cultural competence with emphasis on Hispanic families and children.

  • Evaluate theories and models of evidence-based, culturally appropriate practices with Hispanic families.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of culturally grounded competency in delivering Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) practices.
  • Apply awareness and use of intergenerational cultural differences.
  • Practice family-centered theories when assessing Hispanic families.
  • Incorporate strengths perspective to assessment with Hispanic families.
  • Apply client-centered, evidence-based interventions that are culturally appropriate in working with Hispanic families.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of practice with Hispanic families.
  • Demonstrate readiness and confidence in the ability to screen and intervene with clients with at-risk alcohol/substance abuse.
  • Intentionally prepare for practice with Hispanic families, including engaging with key informants that impact the client system.
  • Undertake SBIRT practice with Hispanic families and recognize its value for various stakeholders, such as clients, payers, policymakers, physicians, and allied health and human service professionals.

Learn More About Helping Others

In SOWK 7321, you will gain experience working directly with Hispanic families. To learn more about this course or any other course in the online Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions advisor right away, or you can request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.

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