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ERIC Number: EJ912707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Five Concepts for Counselors to Incorporate in Their Work with Latina/o Youth and Parents
Ochoa, Mariaelena
Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators, p30-36 2009
This article is practitioner based and focuses on how high school counselors can facilitate the development of Latina/o youth and parents who on a daily basis face psychological and social issues that confront their lives. My work with Latina/o troubled youth and parents, over a 33 year period, has led me to propose five concepts that can serve counselors to effectively work with low-income Latina/o youth and parents in particular. The five concepts are: (1) connectedness, (2) self-affirmation, (3) brokering support and trust, (4) internal cognitive restructuring, and (5) investing in resiliency. Through the examination of these five concepts, counselors and educators who are cognizant and culturally sensitive to Latina/o youth and parents will be able to better access education for low-income youth and their parents. The concepts were derived from my reflections of my work, discussions with other high school counselors, involvement with school related committees dealing with troubled youth and their parents, as a MEChA advisor, conducting group counseling sessions, and through specific sessions with parents as they sought assistance in working with their daughter or son.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A