1st Edition

Narrative Therapy with Spanish Speakers Creative Bilingual Strategies for Individual, Family, and Group Sessions

By Roberto Swazo, Noelany Pelc Copyright 2023
    236 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Narrative Therapy with Spanish Speakers provides counselors, social workers, and other mental health professionals with a variety of culturally responsive bilingual activities developed for use with clients of all ages. Each short chapter covers topics such as fear, acceptance, and trust; the chapters also employ short fictions, sayings, and quotes, all in both Spanish and English, that professionals can share directly with clients. Additional materials on the book’s website include audio resources for both counselors and clients, and the book is replete with icons and guides to help counselors quickly find relevant material.

    Section I: Relationships: Self and Others  1. Relationships  2. Trust  3. Criticism  4. Forgiveness  5. Humility and Self-Compassion  6. Identity and Liberation  Section II: Adversity: Change and Coping  7. Change  8. Adversity  9. Health  10. Death and Grief  11. Coping  12. Distress Tolerance  13. Courage  14. Patience  Section III: Mindfulness: Reflection and Wellness  15. Focus  16. Goals  17. Future  18. Inspiration  19. Motivation  20. Self-Realization  21. Hope  22. Peace


    Roberto Swazo, Ph.D., PSL, has been a professor and director of counseling at Roosevelt University, Florida Agricultural Mechanical University, and the University of Northern Iowa. He is a former Fulbright Scholar in Italy and licensed school counselor.

    Noelany Pelc, Ph.D., has been a director of online counseling programs and field clinical coordinator at Seton Hall University and is currently an assistant professor at Marian University. She is a licensed psychologist and educator.

    "Some books never get down to specifics, but Narrative Therapy for Spanish Speakers provides a treasure chest of psychotherapeutic strategies, hints, experiential exercises, and relevant examples. If you are looking for hands-on therapy interventions you have come to the right place!"

    Howard Rosenthal, EdD, lead educator and professor of human services at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and author of the Encyclopedia of Counseling and the Human Services Dictionary

    "The need for quality resources that support bilingual counseling is increasing, and Swazo and Pelc have done an excellent job blending theory into practice to create a useful resource for practitioners in the field. The exercises are creative and will have an immediate impact on your practice."

    Kevin A. Fall, PhD, chair and professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology at Texas State University

    "This is a wonderful, inspiring companion to therapists who want to serve Latinx communities. Every chapter contains helpful reflections, tips, scripts, and suggestions, anchored by microfictions, morals, sayings, and quotes that are culturally congruent. This is the book therapists need to reinvigorate and demystify bilingual practice."

    Andrés J. Consoli, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara