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


Activity Type: Home-Study or Online
Spanish Education Hours: 4
Description: This is a self-paced program and it expires only after you have successfully completed and printed your certificate. You may access the program as desired.

The quality of the video is better in the actual program

The program 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 program requires a basic understanding of Spanish. The instructor presents the information in both English and Spanish (based on Mexican dialect) so that the participant learns to verbalize the information in Spanish. The program 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 program 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 program ends with termination or transfer of treatment. Issues pertaining to working with the Latino population (e.g., stigma related to seeking psychological treatment) are embedded in the program.


Please note that each participant needs to have his or her own account when purchasing the program. DO NOT PURCHASE 2+ PROGRAMS since each participant needs to have his or her own account.



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

Presenter:  Veronica Gutierrez, Ph.D. is a psychologist who works in a community clinic. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She used to teach Spanish for Psychologists at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA.

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

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.

Spanish Education Credit: A certificate of completion for 4 hours will be awarded for the entire program; variable credit for partial attendance will not be awarded. Participants must complete all of the lessons to receive full credit; partial credit will not be granted. They must be actively involved in the program by reading or viewing the information and answering the questions at the end of each lesson. Otherwise, they will not be able to obtain their certificate. Participants must pass the post-test with a score of 75% or better to obtain their certificate. The certificate can be printed after completing the program.

Online Ordering:

An e-mail address is required for this home-study program.

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

Cancellation Policy: A participant can cancel the program prior to starting it online. Once the participant begins the program, no refunds are made.

Copyright Statement:  No part of the program can be downloaded or copied.

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.


Avila, D.L., & Avila. A.L. (1995). Mexican Americans. In N.A. Vacc & J. P. Wittmer (Eds.). Experiencing and counseling multicultural diverse populations (3rd ed., pp. 119-146). Britol, PA: Accelerated Development.

Biever, J. L., Gomez, J. P., Gonzalez, C. G., and Patrizio, N. (2011). Psychological services to Spanish-speaking populations: A model curriculum for training competent professionals. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 5(2), 81-87.

Castaño, M. T., Biever, J. L., Gonzalez, C. G., & Anderson, K. B. (2007). Challenges of providing mental health services in Spanish. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38(6), 667-673.

Ennis, S. R., Rios-Vargas, M., & Albert, N. G. (2011). The Hispanic population: 2010.
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Schwartz, A., Rodriguez, M. M., Santiago-Rivera, A. L., Arredondo, P., & Field, L. (2010). Cultural and linguistic competence: Welcome challenges from successful diversification. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41(3), 210-220.

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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 program, 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 Objectives

  1. Read content presented.
  2. Practice with video and audio guided material in English and Spanish.
  3. Engage in a practice activity at the end of each lesson.
  4. Take a post-test and pass it with 75% or better to receive a certificate.

The program information is provided in bilingual fashion – in English and Spanish based on Mexican dialect. Many forms of Spanish exist and the presenter uses one form of Spanish.

Online Program Outline

Participants will read a total of 10 lessons based on the book, An English-Spanish Manual for Mental Health Professionals.  Each lesson will vary from 15 to 60 minutes. After each lesson, participants will respond to questions pertaining to the lesson to assess their learning (Practice Activity). Finally, themes and issues pertaining to the Latino Population will be presented.

[The information presented cannot be downloaded. You can obtain a copy of the book at  Gutierrez, V., Rafiee, C., Bartelma, E.K., & Guerra, V. (2010). An English-Spanish Manual for Mental Health Professionals. Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.]

Lesson 1: INITIAL CONTACT WITH CLIENT (Contacto Inicial Con el Cliente)
Lesson 2: INITIAL INTAKE FORMS (Formas Iníciales de Admisión)
Lesson 3: INTAKE INTERVIEW (Entrevista de Admisión)
Lesson 4: MENTAL STATUS EXAM (Examen de Estatus Mental)
Lesson 5: MENTAL STATUS EXAMINATION INTERVIEW (Entrevista del Examen de Estatus Mental)
Lesson 6: DIAGNOSIS (Diagnóstico)
Lesson 7: TREATMENT MODALITIES AND MAJOR THEORETICAL ORIENTATIONS IN PSYCHOLOGY (Modalidades de Terapia y Líneas Teóricas Principales en Psicología)
Lesson 8: INTRODUCTION TO TREATMENT AND THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS (Introducción al tratamiento y el Proceso Terapéutico)
Lesson 9: TREATMENT PLANNING (Planeación del Tratamiento)
Lesson 10: TERMINATION OF TREATMENT (Final del Tratamiento)

Instructional Methods:  Viewing PowerPoint presentations, reading written material, viewing videos, listening to audio-recordings, completing practice activities, and taking a post-test.