Jason James Platt, PhD, Program Director, Counseling Psychology and Latin American Immersion Programs, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University’s Mexico City Campus.
A Mexico City–Based Immersion Education Program: Training Mental Health Clinicians For Practice With Latino Communities
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2010
© 2010 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 352–364, April 2012
How to Cite
Platt, J. J. (2012), A Mexico City–Based Immersion Education Program: Training Mental Health Clinicians For Practice With Latino Communities. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38: 352–364. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2010.00208.x
- Issue published online: 18 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2010
This article describes the philosophical foundations and educational methods of a Spanish language and cultural immersion program based in Mexico City, Mexico. The program is designed to assist U.S. graduate students in marriage and family therapy and clinical psychology programs to improve clinical service delivery with Latino clients. Utilizing critical pedagogy, the program works with future clinicians to develop multicultural and international competencies; acquire increased Spanish language skills; engage in self-of-the-therapist work; and expand their understanding of the historical and cultural influences shaping the mental healthcare needs of Latin American clients. A report of the themes from postimmersion surveys is provided and the implications for training are discussed.