Episode 46 - Dr. Leopoldo Cabassa: Developing Mental Health Literacy Tools for the Latino Community

Monday, May 17, 2010, 9:48:18 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Leopoldo Cabassa discusses his research and development of culturally competent interventions for Latinos experiencing mental health issues. He describes his motivation to work with the Latino community and the social work practice implications in developing mental health literacy tools for them.

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Average Rating: 4stars  dsveloping mental health literacy tools , Wednesday, January 23, 2013

By Stephanie V. :

I really enjoyed this podcast because I could relate in many ways. Currently, I am working at School 76 which is the Herman Badillo Bilingual School in downtown Buffalo. The majority of students and families that come to school 76 come from different countries like Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Mental health literacy is a term that I learned for the first time when listening to this podcast and I can relate to how important this is when compared to the students and families that use BPS 76 services. Many students are entering the American schooling system for the first time and I agree that peoples understanding of mental health services, disorders and accessibility can be a major step in receiving and inquiring of services. Cultural competency and sensitivity are very important terms in the social work field. The people and clients that we will come into contact with will not always have the same kind of background, language and upbringing that we may have been accustomed to. Learning the cultural values and preferences of others can help educate ourselves in such a diverse type of work. Being able to speak Spanish, I put myself in the forefront for advocating for the Latino families and students attending BPS 76. Education is such an essential part of a society that can prompt change and progress and Dr. Cabassa gives a great example of how important it is to educate and entertain attitudes towards mental health. The Latino community is a very large community and it will continue to grow. With the growth of the Latino community, it is our job as social workers/aspiring social workers to advocate for services that can be utilized throughout the community. Since I am working at an elementary school, I find my position especially important in educating parents in the necessity and importance of knowledge in the mental health field.

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Average Rating: 4stars  creative intervention, Friday, January 21, 2011

By Julie M. :

This is the first time I had ever heard of the “fotonovela” and I feel that it was a very interesting podcast to listen to. Although the fotonovela has been around for many years in the Latino community, it appears that until recently, few organizations have utilized it as a means of connecting with the Latino community. Dr. Cabassa discussed how this resource was implemented in a real-world mental health setting and presented some of the outcomes of the project.

Past research has shown that Latinos are less likely to utilize mental health services due to stigmas found within the Latino community. The fotonovela appears to be a creative intervention that has the potential to educate and challenge common stigmas found in the Latino community, as well as other racial/ethnic communities in an engaging manner. It will be very interesting to see future research on the use of this tool and its effectiveness on educating communities.

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