Diversity Series: Working with Latino Populations

Anelize Sipe, M.A.

The Diversity Committee hosted the latest installment of the Diversity Series on April 4, 2013, by welcoming Aneliz Sipe, MA, a graduate from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Master’s degree in Counseling.

Aneliz’ talk focused on the Latino population and their distinct therapeutic themes and challenges.

The Latino population is growing in the United States and many mental health practitioners will work with Latinos during their career.

Aneliz has been working at Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Arlington, Va., since the fall of 2009. She is a bilingual therapist who sees clients from twelve different Latino countries.

Her work centers around couples, children, teens, and families, with specific interests in trauma and immigration and acculturation issues.

Aneliz, who is of Peruvian dissent, grew up in the United States and continues to develop a culturally-sensitive approach to her clients, especially in dealing with the difficulties her clients face in immigrating to the country.

She encouraged therapists to be familiar with the issues of trauma and acculturation that face the Latino population, and she gave examples of effective and appropriate interventions for this population.

Both students and faculty found this series beneficial in learning more about the direct challenges facing the Latino population, and gained a deeper understanding of the therapeutic issues Latinos face.

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