Live Webinar – Conducting Therapy in Spanish and Working with the Latino Population


Activity Type: Live Webinar
Education Hours: 6
Course Dates:  Saturday , 3/09/2024 ,Saturday, 2/10/2024 
Description: 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.




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 6 hours will be awarded for the entire program; variable credit for partial attendance will not be awarded. Participants must be actively involved in the program.

Online Ordering:

An e-mail address is required for this live webinar 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.

Instructional Methods: Viewing PowerPoint presentations, reading written material, and completing practice activities.


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.
U.S. Census Bureau.

Falicov, C. (1998). Latino families in therapy: A guide to multicultural practice. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Guilman, S. R. (2015). Beyond interpretation: The need for English-Spanish bilingual psychotherapists in counseling centers. James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal, 2(1), 26-30. Retrieved from

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.

Sue. D.W., & Sue, D. (2008). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

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

Additional information

Choose Date

Saturday, 3/09/2024, Saturday, 2/10/2024

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 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