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According to recent estimates, in the year 2050 the Latinx population will be 30% of the U.S. population, a demographic shift that is driven by births and not by immigration. Latinx have been a dynamic and contributing part of the fabric of the United States for many years. This workshop strives to explore ethical considerations that guide competent practice when working with the Latinx population. For helping professionals to competently serve the Latinx community, they must understand the world view, cultural values, and situational stressors that can impact client engagement. Additionally, recognizing acculturation as multidimensional processes of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral change will foster a better understanding of diverse perspectives and cultural identity. NOTE: This program may be counted towards ethics requirements for license renewal.

Presenter Bio:
Nelitza D. Gonzalez is employed by Crossnore School and Children’s Home as Lead Therapist. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Her areas of interest and growing expertise are adolescence and family communication, childhood trauma, and cultural competency when working with Latinx families. Nelitza has facilitated workshops addressing ways to engage the Latinx community while fostering cultural competency and is involved in local social justice and advocacy work.


Participants completing this event will be able to:
1. Develop awareness of Latinx worldviews and cultural values
2. Recognize and identify situational stressors and their impact on client care
3. Understand the intersection of changes related to enculturation, acculturation, and assimilation.
4. Examine the ethical basis for multicultural competence with Latinx populations.


Winston-Salem Clinical Lecture Series, a joint program of UNC School of Social Work and Northwest AHEC of Wake Forest School of Medicine

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