Workshop – Conducting Therapy in Spanish and Working with the Latino Population


Activity Type: Single-Day Workshop – Conducting Therapy in Spanish and Working with the Latino Population
Spanish Education Hours: 6
Course Dates: TBA  
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Location: 380 S. Melrose Drive, Suite 306
Vista, CA 92081
Description: The workshop relates to counselor's scope of practice by presenting the entire process involved in therapy from initial contact with a patient to termination or transfer of treatment. This workshop requires a basic understanding of Spanish and a book is lent to attendees to help guide them during the workshop (the attendee has the option of buying the book prior to or after the workshop). The instructor presents the information in both English and Spanish and the audience is asked to engage in role-plays and other interactive exercises to help obtain the skills presented. The workshop  begins with steps involved in the initial contact with the patient and questions to ask during an intake or initial interview and mental status exam to help with the diagnostic aspect in practice, which can then be conveyed to the patient. The workshop then provides the Spanish translations to treatment modalities and major theoretical orientations in psychology. In addition, the therapeutic process and treatment planning are discussed in such a way to be able to convey this information to a Spanish-speaking patient. The workshop ends with termination or transfer of treatment and issues pertaining to working with the Latino population (e.g., stigma related to seeking psychological treatment).  Forms in Spanish and literature are presented



Target Audience:
  1. Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Counselors
  2. Administrators
  3. University Faculty and staff
  4. Students, Trainees, Interns

Contact Information: Veronica Gutierrez, Ph.D., 380 S. Melrose Drive, Suite 300, Vista, CA. 92081 / 760-712-6833 / /

*Completion of the Registration Form is optional online.
**You can also pay on the day of the workshop if credit card payment is not possible. You do NEED TO RESERVE your seat though using any of the methods below.

Reserve your seat by giving your name and contact information, any accommodations needed, and workshop date selected using any of the methods below:
  1. Call (760) 712-6833 and leave a voicemail message.
  2. Email your information to
  3. Mail your information to:
    Spanish For Counselors
    100 E. San Marcos Blvd, Suite 400
    San Marcos, CA 92069

***The cost of the book used for the workshop is not included in the registration fee. You can purchase the book through Amazon or on the day of the workshop ($30 includes tax). THE BOOK IS OPTIONAL and it is lent to the participant during the workshop.

Recommended Book (can be purchased through  Gutierrez, V., Rafiee, C., Bartelma, E.K., & Guerra, V. (2010). An English-Spanish Manual for Mental Health Professionals. Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.   ISBN-10: 1453777199    ISBN-13: 978-1453777190

DISCLOSURE: The instructor, Dr. Gutierrez, has a financial relationship with the book she authored that can be used with this program. There is commercial support for this CE program since the program has a book available to be purchased.

Payment Questions: Call (760) 712-6833 or email:

American with Disabilities Act (ADA): If you need any accommodations, please call (760) 712-6833 or email:

Follow-up Questions: The instructor may not cover all information in detail but will do her best to follow- up on any questions sent to her by electronic mail. Should a statement not be an accurate translation and it is made known to the instructor, she will correct the statement and apologize for the mistake.

Spanish for Counselors / Veronica Gutierrez, Ph.D. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. Spanish for Counselors / Veronica Gutierrez, Ph.D. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Licensees from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences may take Spanish Education hours from the following entities:
  1. An accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Business and Professions Code Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d).
  2. A Board‐recognized approval agency or a Spanish Education provider that has been approved or registered by a board recognized approval agency for Spanish Education listed in California Code of Regulations Section 1887.4.1.
  3. An organization, institution, association, or other entity that is recognized by the Board as a Spanish Education provider as listed in California Code of Regulations Section 1887.4.3.


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Alcohol Use

Gang Violence

Domestic Violence within the Hispanic Community

Working with Latinos and Hispanics

The Importance of Trust for Latino Immigrants in Behavioral Health Therapy

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:
  1. Practice how to respond to Spanish-Speaking patients who seek psychological services.
  2. Use various forms including personal information form, consent form, and release/exchange of information form.
  3. Execute an initial interview in Spanish and ask questions as part of a mental status examination.
  4. Practice Spanish translations for common psychological terms, such as those in the DSM-V.
  5. Describe various treatment modalities and major theoretical orientations that exist in psychology.
  6. Develop a treatment plan in Spanish.
  7. Practice how to terminate therapy with a patient and/or transfer a patient to another therapist as well as know how to make recommendations and referrals.
  8. Describe themes and issues pertaining to the Latino culture that may arise in therapy.

Online Program Outline

Time Topic
8:30 a.m. Welcome: Introductions and Course Overview
9:00 a.m. Lessons 1 – 3 with activities
Initial Contact with Client
Initial Intake Forms
Intake Interview
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Lessons 3 – 6  with activities
Intake Interview
Mental Status Exam
Mental Status Examination Interview
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Lessons 6 – 8 with activities
Treatment Modalities and Major Theoretical Orientations in Psychology
Introduction to Treatment and the Therapeutic Process
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Lessons 9 – 10, Literature, and activities
Treatment Planning
Termination of Treatment
Latino culture and possible issues presented in therapy
3:45 p.m. Conclusion; course evaluation
4:00 p.m. End