Latino Mental Health Issues: What Can We Learn from the Research?

Peter Guarnaccia Ph.D.

This workshop for mental health workers will provide insights into working with Latinos based on some of the latest research by Peter Guarnaccia, Ph.D. and his colleagues. The workshop will address: diversity in the Latino community; cultural issues in Latinos’ experience of depression and its treatment; Latino cultural syndromes and the cultural formulation in DSM-IV/DSM-5;  and social and cultural assessment of Latinos.


  • Develop greater knowledge of the diversity among Latinos and the importance of assessing that diversity in clinical work.
  • Gain insight into how Latinos think about depression and the implications for depression treatment.
  • Learn about the cultural features in DSM-IV and DSM-5 that pertain to Latino mental health and develop a greater appreciation for how to use them.

Location: Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014                     Time: 8:30a.m. – 1:00p.m. Registration and light breakfast will take place from 8:30 – 9:00a.m. The training itself will begin promptly at 9:00a.m.

Please note that in the case of inclement weather, information on training delays or cancellations will be posted to the training’s page. Registered participants will also be notified by email. Cancelled trainings will be rescheduled for a later date.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, and Case Managers. This is a beginner level training.

CEUs: Social Workers and Counselors will receive 4 CEUs in Clinical or Cultural Competence. FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604).

In accordance with ASWB and NBCC guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Directions and Parking Information: Please visit: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until December 30, 2013. After December 30, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on December 30th.

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