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Latino Mental Health

Counseling Psychology (MA) Program

Bienvenidos y gracias por su interés en proporcionar servicios a la población latina en nuestro país

Specialty in Latino Mental Health

ListenNPR Interview re: Lucero Latino Mental Health Program

Lucero Latino Mental Health Training Program

Students in the Latino Mental Health Training Program (LMHP) will complete the MSPP core curriculum for training in their degree program. In addition, they will demonstrate, or master, Spanish fluency and Latino cultural knowledge to work as competent clinicians with this diverse population. Specialty training will emphasize an awareness of the social similarities and differences among Latino groups, and an understanding of the social context of Latinos in modern American society. Graduates of the program will acquire greater sensitivity, not just to the role of culture, but also, of economics and other social factors in the developmental, emotional, relational and behavioral aspects pertinent to the mental health of Latinos.

Students can indicate an interest in the Latino Mental Health Training Program on the admissions application or during Year 1. If a student is accepted to the Latino Mental Health Training Program, the student will formally enter the program in Year 1.

LMHP Summer Immersion 2012

Program Highlights

  • Intensive Spanish language training in a Spanish-speaking country during two consecutive summers, each involving a four to five-week full-immersion experience. We invite you to read our student blog to learn about our summer Spanish immersion program in Costa Rica and Ecuador.
  • Opportunity for Latino students to expand their cultural training in a Spanish-speaking country different from their own cultural heritage.
  • Extensive clinical training in field placements serving Latino patients to enhance the students’ sensitivity to the specific mental health needs of Latinos.
  • Several courses on Latino Mental Health.
  • Elective Conversational Spanish groups & cultural events.

Program Goals  

  1. To increase the number of Latino mental health service providers in the United States by providing specialized master’s and doctoral level training in clinical, counseling, and school psychology.
  2. To provide mental health professionals (both Latino and non-Latino) with the language skills, cultural sensitivity, and clinical competence that will enable them to deliver high-quality care to Latino populations.
  3. To train mental health leaders who can create, direct, and deliver high-quality services so as to help eliminate societal disparities that exist with regard to access and quality of mental health care.

Program Requirements and Levels of Participation

The LMHP is open to any student who has at least an intermediate level of Spanish fluency and expresses serious interest and/or commitment to working with Latino populations.

Levels of Participation
The Program can be attended on a Certificate or Non-Certificate basis. Students who participate on a Certificate basis will complete all required LMHP activities and will be awarded a certificate; these students’ immersion experiences will be subsidized by MSPP. Students who participate on a Non-Certificate basis can take part in any of the Program activities but will not earn a certificate. Should they choose to take part in a summer immersion, non-certificate students will be responsible for its cost. Students electing the Latino Mental Health Concentration take an additional three credits beyond the program graduation requirements. Credits in excess of program graduation requirements are charged at the rate of ½ credit

Click here for a list of course outline for each degree program.


Mari Carmen BennasarMari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD, Director, Lucero Latino Mental Health Program

Nilda ClarkNilda Clark, PsyD

Michelle ContrerasPaola Michelle Contreras, PsyD

Nadja ReillyNadja Reilly, PhD

Updated 1/8/14

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