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date: 29 March 2023

Latinos and Latinas: Practice Interventionslocked

Latinos and Latinas: Practice Interventionslocked

  • Griselda VillalobosGriselda VillalobosCognitive Behavioral Institute of El Paso


A hallmark of the social work profession is the emphasis on social justice for all. A call to action for social workers is to understand the needs of racial and ethnic groups in order to provide effective interventions. Latina/os are a heterogeneous and highly complex population that presents the social work profession with challenges in understanding diversity and what constitutes culturally and linguistically competent social work interventions. Latina/os are the second-fastest-growing racial and ethnic group in the United States. Latina/o groups must contend with strong anti-immigrant sentiment, English-only legislation, and increased discrimination and racism in the United States. Social workers need to work to reduce both external and internal institutional barriers to service delivery for Latina/os while responding effectively to their interpersonal and familial needs.


  • Macro Practice
  • Populations and Practice Settings
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

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