Current events have stimulated the national conscience to resist policy changes that threaten civil and human rights. The rise in advocacy groups indicates popular dissent with orders and legislation specifically targeting the Latinx population and resulting in fear and disrupted family dynamics. This panel of leaders will discuss how current policies affect Latinxs of different national origin and geographical areas. Strategies for effective, targeted advocacy for clients as well as the profession will be provided.
According to Lewis, Toporek, and Crethar (2009), “advocacy oriented counselors need to recognize the impact of social, political, economic, and cultural factors on human development” and “frame a client's problem within the system as opposed to solely within the individual” (p. 262).This panel discussion is based on the premise that professional counselors in all specializations have a responsibility to participate in advocacy that has an impact on macro-level policy and legislation in support of the clients that we serve.
Participants will be able to identify political issues that concern the Latinx population at large and differentiate between issues that dominate specific Latinx nationalities of origin and geographical areas.
Participants will recognize the effects of policy changes on the mental health of the Latinx population.
Participants will create an advocacy toolkit based on the issues of the populations prevalent in their geographic area, as well as strategies that support the human and civil rights of all Latinxs.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley