Latino Mental Health Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I participate in the LMHP, will I still have time to pursue my other interests?
A: The LMHP is an intensive training program. Understanding that students may have a variety of interests, however, we have tried to keep the requirements at a level to allow students the flexibility to still take other electives. Similarly, while the doctoral project in the Psy.D. program must include a Latino focus, students can investigate any topic of interest to them and simply highlight how the topic pertains to Latinos.
Q: I’m a person of Latino(a) descent, what is the added value of participating in the LMHP?
A: The LMHP routinely admits both students who have a Latino ethnic background as well as those who do not. The focus is on teaching the cultural competence through didactics that give students the opportunity to learn about about all the different Latin cultures, immersion trips to experience cultures different from one’s own, and clinical work (field placements in settings with a high number of Latinos and training in psychological assessment at the Brenner Center where you learn how to administer the Spanish language versions of psychological instruments).
Q: I have special needs and may not be able to complete two international immersion trips, can I still participate in the LMHP?
A: Ideally, we want everyone to experience both summer immersion programs. We realize, however, that there are certain situations when that may not be feasible. The LMHP Director will review each case individually and make exceptions accordingly. In cases where the second immersion is waived, the student will complete a local alternative.
Q: What if I am interested in some of the LMHP courses but do not want to commit?
A: Anyone interested in the LMHP courses is welcome to take the courses as electives on a space available basis.
Q: I speak some Spanish, how much do I really need to speak to participate in the LMHP?
A: We aim to admit students who have at least an intermediate degree of Spanish fluency. The coursework is predominately in English, however, typically 25% of your fieldwork service will involve providing services in Spanish. During the two summer immersion trips, the program provides intensive Spanish language instruction individually tailored to your level with the aim of finishing the program with a solid intermediate-advanced level of Spanish.
Q: What might be an advantage of graduating with the LMHP certificate?
A: There is a significant dearth of culturally and language competent clinicians available to provide services to the Latino population which makes our students particularly marketable in both the competitive APA internship and National job markets.
Q: Are there any LMHP classes run in Spanish or any Spanish classes so we can practice the language throughout the year?
A: Given the diverse language levels of the students, most of the LMHP classes are conducted in English. The advanced level courses often involve a blend of Spanish and English and students have the option of completing oral and written assignments in Spanish. Students also utilize the Rosetta Stone program and on occasion host Spanish conversation groups.
Q: Is it mandatory to live with families during the immersion trips or are there other lodging options?
A: It is mandatory to live with the host families during the summer trips. We believe that this allows for a more intensive socio-cultural experience. Every attempt is made to place you in a host family setting that will meet your individual needs. For example, if you are a vegan we can assign you a family that can prepare meals in this manner.
Q: Is there any matching process to decide with families the student will stay?
A: The LMHP director gets to know each student during the first year of coursework before the immersion experience. Any special requests can be communicated to the LMHP director who then passes that information along to the immersion liason who makes the assignments based on this feedback.
Q: Can students bring their own kids to the immersion trips?
A: We understand that the immersion trips can be difficult for students who have young children. LMHP students may have visitors, including their children, during the immersion trip. Visitors must pay their own travel fare and accommodations. The LMHP student is welcome to stay with their family while they visit on the weekends.