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Book: ¿Quiénes somos y de dónde venimos? A Historical Context to Inform Mental Health Services with Latinx Populations
March 23, 2022

PURPOSE

This book serves as a guide for mental health providers working with Latinx communities from México, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Specifically, it presents unique and specific experiences of Mexican, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Honduran communities in the country of origin and in the United States as well as their possible impact on the mental health among these communities. A focus on the intersecting role of oppression, historical trauma, oppressive policies, and current stressors (COVID-19) is explored in the context of mental health considerations. The book serves to better inform providers and clinical educators on how historical contexts can provide unique insights into the mental health experience of Latinx communities.

 

STATEMENT OF NEED

Latinx communities represent the largest minority group in the United States. The latest data from the US Census indicates that there are currently 60.6 million Latinxs in the US, representing 18.5% of the total US population (US Census, 2020). Latinx communities have historically been oppressed due to colonialization, modern-day oppression, and racist political agendas (both in their country of origin and the United States). Latinxs both experience multiple stressors affecting their mental health and experience barriers to culturally responsive treatment.

 

CONTENT OF THE BOOK

The book includes a unique look at the intersection of historical contexts and mental health challenges experienced among Latinx communities from México, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The book also provides useful resources and recommendations for mental health providers and clinical educators to better serve Latinx populations. The chapters on identified countries address specific historical events of the country, migration patterns, indigenous communities, settlement patterns in the U.S., demographics, cultural values as well as mental health and substance use-related issues.

 

BENEFITS FOR MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS

  • Improve culturally responsive practices
  • Increase engagement among Latinx populations receiving mental health services
  • Increase wellness among Latinxs receiving mental health services
  • Improve the therapeutic alliance with Latinx populations
  • Recognize the intersection of historical contexts with mental health experiences
  • Include historical contexts in conceptualizations to inform presenting concerns and interventions