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There Are No Spanish-Speaking Therapists Here: Advancing Language Equity Practices With Support From Bilingual Psychologists

There Are No Spanish-Speaking Therapists Here: Advancing Language Equity Practices With Support From Bilingual Psychologists
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Author(s): Edward Anthony Delgado-Romero (University of Georgia, USA), Grace Ellen Mahoney (University of Georgia, USA), Nancy J. Muro-Rodriguez (University of Georgia, USA), Jhokania De Los Santos (University of Georgia, USA) and Javier L. Romero-Heesacker (St. John's College, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 19
Source title: Handbook of Research on Advancing Language Equity Practices With Immigrant Communities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lourdes Cardozo-Gaibisso (Universidad ORT Uruguay, Uruguay) and Max Vazquez Dominguez (University of North Georgia, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3448-9.ch010

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Abstract

This chapter involves the issues in the creation of a bilingual and culturally competent psychological clinic in a university town in a southern state in the United States known as one of the most Latinx immigrant hostile states in the country. Prior to the creation of the clinic, there were virtually no options for Spanish speakers for culturally or linguistically competent psychological services, and the population of bilingual/bicultural graduate students in psychology and the college of education was very low. This chapter is written from the perspective of the faculty founder of the clinic and the women who have served as clinic coordinators and sacrificed much time and energy in addition to their significant program requirements so that the local Latinx immigration could have linguistically and culturally competent psychological services. Thus, this chapter will blend the available research literature with the experiences of creating and running a clinic that supports many Latinx immigrant students and their families.

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