Workshop 6

Child Sexual Abuse and Latino Families

Presented by Dr. Lisa Aronson Fontes

Course Description

Latino families respond to sexual child abuse, and to our interventions around it, in a variety of ways, some of which are shaped by cultural and historical factors. This workshop provides practical advice on working with Latino families, victims, and survivors on issues of child sexual abuse. The workshop includes a focus on the intense shame felt by many Latinos when facing child sexual abuse.

Learning Objectives

  • Engage more effectively with Latino families around issues of child sexual abuse.
  • Understand better the diversity of experiences of Latino families in the United States, as well as basic commonalities.
  • Support families in overcoming the shame that surrounds child sexual abuse in Latino families.

Presenter Information

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, also the keynote speaker, has dedicated two decades to making the mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. She is the author of Interviewing Clients Across Cultures: A Practitioner’s Guide and Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families, as well as numerous journal articles and chapters on cultural issues in child maltreatment and violence against women, cross-cultural research, and ethics. She teaches at the University Without Walls at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and European Americans in the United States. Dr. Fontes is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She completed a Fulbright Foundation Grant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2007. As a volunteer, Dr. Fontes worked for three years with Somali refugees in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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