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Second Webinar in the

ACSSW 2023 BIPOC Series

Advancing Cultural Competence in Counseling with Latine Clients: A More Holistic Approach to Focusing on Sexuality in Latine Communities

Friday, June 16, 2023

8:00AM-10:00AM PDT / 10:00AM-12:00PM CST / 11:00AM-1:00PM EST

The Multicultural Counseling Competencies (MCC) were written to demonstrate that counseling training and practices were not inclusive of all persons. In effect, Eurocentric counseling models viewed individuals from marginalized groups through a deficit lens, not valuing their unique intersecting identities. Now, the mental health field is challenged again, in order to operate from a culturally competent mindset clinicians must consider the entire person—their age, ethnicity, gender, and gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, educational attainment, race, religion, among other dimensions of identity. While sexuality is central to the human experience, there continues to be limited education and training provided in mental health programs. As with other areas of human study, the assumptions in sexuality are centered around the dominant group. This webinar will focus on the prevailing worldviews of sexuality in various Latine communities. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. To examine worldviews about mental health and sexuality in the broad Latine community.

  2. To recognize the myriad of intersecting identities Latine individuals may possess and the role of colorism as one factor, recognizing that the Latine community is made up of multiple different groups rather than one homogenous group.

  3. To identify cultural competencies and skills that may guide counselors' engagement with Latine clients around sexually related issues.

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Our Presenter...

Dr. Patricia Arredondo, ACSSW Trustee, has dedicated her career to advancing social justice, cultural competency development, immigrant and Latine mental health education, feminist leadership, and organizational diversity strategy. She served as President of the American Counseling Association in 2006, President of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and founding member of the Counselors for Social Justice.


Dr. Arredondo is co-author of the foundational Multicultural Counseling Competencies for ACA and the Multicultural Guidelines for the APA. She is the author of more than 100 publications and training videos and 8 books including co-authorship for Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinas/os and Counseling Latinos and l Familia and in 2022, Women and the Challenge of STEM Professions: Thriving in the Chilly Climate. Her current volunteerism is with AMCD, a new ACCA Division, ACSSW, BECOME, a social justice agency in Chicago, Gay Sons & Mothers, and the National Latinx Psychological Association.


Dr. Arredondo served as President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago campus, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and Senior Vice President of Student Initiatives, Arizona State University (ASU). She is a licensed psychologist and received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology is from Boston University and her Masters in School Counseling is from Boston College. She holds an honorary degree from the University of San Diego.


Dr. Arredondo is president of the Arredondo Advisory Group, a culture-centered consulting organization addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy in different workplace settings. She resides in Phoenix and Mexico City. On a personal note, Dr. Arredondo stated, "A daughter of an immigrant father from Guanajuato, Mexico, a mother with Mexican parents born outside of Chicago, and a maternal abuela from Oaxaca, Mexico, second oldest of 7 children, I learned how to walk the "borderlands" and to appreciate my bicultural and bilingual upbringing."

Check back soon for registration details...

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists, 2.0 IL CEUS for Counselors and Social Workers,  2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

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