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Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients

Enhancing Behavioral Health Services

  • Lorraine T. Benuto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Aileen Torres, Melany Rivera-Maldonado
    Pages 39-69
  3. Monnica T. Williams, Adriana Peña, Judy Mier-Chairez
    Pages 71-95
  4. Amanda M. Muñoz-Martínez, Yors A. García, Angélica M. Alarcón Peña
    Pages 97-113
  5. Andrew Ahrendt, Lorraine T. Benuto
    Pages 115-138
  6. Monnica T. Williams, Judy Mier-Chairez, Adriana Peña
    Pages 139-171
  7. Rebecca M. Pasillas, Darisabel Roman Laureano
    Pages 199-219
  8. Maria Pineros-Leano, Valerie Cintrón, Lissette M. Piedra
    Pages 221-243
  9. Ruth Gentry, Lorraine T. Benuto
    Pages 275-293
  10. Rebecca M. Pasillas, José A. Reyes-Torres
    Pages 295-314
  11. Robert A. Fox, Lauryn A. Besasie, Michael P. Fung
    Pages 403-428
  12. Emily L. Escovar, Carla A. Hitchcock Robinson, Denise A. Chavira
    Pages 429-460

About this book


This timely practical reference addresses the lack of Spanish-language resources for mental health professionals to use with their Latino clients. Geared toward both English- and Spanish-speaking practitioners in a variety of settings, this volume is designed to minimize misunderstandings between the clinician and client, and with that the possibility of inaccurate diagnosis and/or ineffective treatment. Coverage for each topic features a discussion of cultural considerations, guidelines for evidence-based best practices, a review of available findings, a treatment plan, plus clinical tools and client handouts, homework sheets, worksheets, and other materials. Chapters span a wide range of disorders and problems over the life-course, and include reproducible resources for:

  • ·        Assessing for race-based trauma.
  • ·        Using behavioral activation and cognitive interventions to treat depression among Latinos.
  • ·        Treating aggression, substance use, abuse, and dependence among Latino Adults.
  • ·        Treating behavioral problems among Latino adolescents. 
  • ·        Treating anxiety among Latino children.
  • ·        Working with Latino couples.
  • ·        Restoring legal competency with Latinos. 

The Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients fills a glaring need in behavioral service delivery, offering health psychologists, social workers, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, and other helping professionals culturally-relevant support for working with this under-served population. The materials included here are an important step toward dismantling barriers to mental health care.


Spanish-speaking clients Spanish-speaking patients anger management in Latinos behavioral disorders in Latino youth behavioral therapy with the Spanish speaker chronic pain in Latinos depression in Latinos eating disorders in Latinos evidence-based inrterventions generalized anxiety disorder in Latinos obsessive compulsive disorder in Latinos panic disorder in Latinos psychological assessment of Hispanics psychological assessment of Latinos sleep disorders in Latinos social anxiety disorder in Latinos substance use and dependence in Latinos trauma-related disorders inLatinos treatment terminology for Spanish-speaking clients

Editors and affiliations

  • Lorraine T. Benuto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nevada RenoRenoUSA

About the editors

Lorraine Benuto is a licensed clinical psychologist and a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she provides treatment to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and child physical abuse. She is project coordinator and therapist of the Victims of Crime Treatment Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Benuto received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Previously, she completed her APA-accredited internship at the VA in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she delivered psychological services to a culturally diverse clientele presenting with depression and anxiety. Dr. Benuto has extensive experience delivering evidence-based treatments and conducting psychological assessments with the Latino population. She has delivered professional presentations at state, national, and international conferences on topics related to cultural competence and co-edited Handbook of Adolescent Health Psychology for Springer. 

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