When working with Latinas who live in families affected by domestic violence, modern counseling is unable to fully consider their oppressing circumstances and how clients’ cultural and spiritual values may be key in effectively dealing with this social problem. This session highlights concepts such as critical consciousness, as developed by Paulo Freire, so that Latinas may develop critical thinking skills, deeply honor their spirit/culture, and be inspired to pursue individual/collective healing.
Define and examine the cultural relevance of critical consciousness when working with marginalized and oppressed populations such as Latinas living with domestic violence. Even when presenters are focusing on women living with domestic violence, the concept may be equally relevant when working with other oppressed clients being served in educational, clinical mental health and substance abuse programs.
Create awareness in participants of the limitations posed by modern counseling when working with marginalized populations of color and explore the value of applying culturally relevant concepts developed by Latino scholars when working with Latinas in distress.
Practice via the examination of a clinical case in how to combine traditional counseling strategies with spiritual and critical consciousness perspectives that honor Latina women's cultural strengths, spiritual values and their holistic sense of healing.