Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Renee Staton

Abstract

Rapidly changing demographics often result in disparities in services offered for the population. Increasing Latino presence in many parts of the United States has yet to be recognized when developing adequate mental health care. This is specifically true with those who are less proficient in English. The purpose of this study is to explore the barriers many Latinos face when seeking mental health services. These barriers include sociological, cultural, and organizational factors that have been found to influence the underutilization rates of services by Latinos. By exploring these barriers, potential growth areas in the service provided for Spanish speaking clients will be identified. With this information, practical interventions will be offered to help mental heal service providers in delivering services to Spanish speaking individuals in a more effective and therapeutic manner. Based on the findings of this study, other service providers who serve a diverse community may benefit from the practical interventions explored.

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