Social Work with Latinos

Social Work with Latinos : A Cultural Assets Paradigm

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Despite evidence showing Latinos to be among the fastest growing populations in the US, very few social work texts explicitly address practice with Latino individuals, families, and communities. CSWE curriculum guidelines mandate that students acquire cultural competence across their coursework, and there are several books available that focus on multicultural practice, but only one outdated book on Latinos in particular. Beginning with a comprehensive definition and demographic map of Latinos, Latino culture, and a cultural asset paradigm, the book identifies strategies for designing culturally relevant programs and services. Chapters highlight health and social concernsincluding issues surrounding gender, religion, language, immigration, substance abuse, health conditions, etc.but more importantly, they outline a practice framework that places cultural assets at the center. The book will provide a rich paradigm for understanding perspectives on culture, access, assets, and how they intersect to inform best practices. The step-by-step framework guides students through six stages: pre-contact assessment, initial contact and asset identification, resource mapping, relationship building, intervention, and evaluation. Each stage is heavily grounded in theoretical and socio-political considerations with particular attention to thinking critically about selecting best practices and how to sustain an evidence-based practice. Case studies, summary lessons, and key ideas make this an outstanding resource for students and professionals alike.show more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 22.9mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 7 line illus.
  • 0195301188
  • 9780195301182

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"Dr. Delgado takes the readers to a level beyond the basic knowledge that is available in the social work profession about the Latino population. As a professional Latina it is intellectually stimulating to see a book that goes deeper in exploring cultural and institutional issues that affect the lives of immigrant families....Dr. Delgado's formulation of a cultural assets paradigms offers the reader a theoretical view of ways to assess and design interventions that are supportive of Latino culture." - Ana Paulino, EdD, ACSW, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York"Melvin Delgado provides a refreshing alternative to the old deficit approach to social service practice with Latino populations. I am sure this model will greatly aid in the development of culturally relevant evidence-based practices that will prove to be effective in addressing many of the health and social problems confronted by Latinos at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels." - Mario de la Rosa, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work and Director, Center for Research on US Latinos, Florida International University"Dr. Delgado takes the readers to a level beyond the basic knowledge that is available in the social work profession about the Latino population. As a professional Latina it is intellectually stimulating to see a book that goes deeper in exploring cultural and institutional issues that affect the lives of immigrant families....Dr. Delgado's formulation of a cultural assets paradigms offers the reader a theoretical view of ways to assess and design interventions that are supportive of Latino culture." - Ana Paulino, EdD, ACSW, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York"Melvin Delgado provides a refreshing alternative to the old deficit approach to social service practice with Latino populations. I am sure this model will greatly aid in the development of culturally relevant evidence-based practices that will prove to be effective in addressing many of the health and social problems confronted by Latinos at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels." - Mario de la Rosa, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work and Director, Center for Research on US Latinos, Florida International University"Professor Delgado has provided an essential scholarly achievement that will continue to provide direction and guidance to scholars, advocates, practitioners, and policy makers engaged in serving and understanding the Latino community in the United States. The book is a timely and thoughtful volume that provides a different assessment and a calming voice to an increasingly heated and difficult national debate on immigration reform."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare "Dr. Delgado takes the readers to a level beyond the basic knowledge that is available in the social work profession about the Latino population. As a professional Latina it is intellectually stimulating to see a book that goes deeper in exploring cultural and institutional issues that affect the lives of immigrant families....Dr. Delgado's formulation of a cultural assets paradigms offers the reader a theoretical view of ways to assess and design interventions that are supportive of Latino culture." - Ana Paulino, EdD, ACSW, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York "Melvin Delgado provides a refreshing alternative to the old deficit approach to social service practice with Latino populations. I am sure this model will greatly aid in the development of culturally relevant evidence-based practices that will prove to be effective in addressing many of the health and social problems confronted by Latinos at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels." - Mario de la Rosa, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work and Director, Center for Research on US Latinos, Florida International University "Dr. Delgado takes the readers to a level beyond the basic knowledge that is available in the social work profession about the Latino population. As a professional Latina it is intellectually stimulating to see a book that goes deeper in exploring cultural and institutional issues that affect the lives of immigrant families....Dr. Delgado's formulation of a cultural assets paradigms offers the reader a theoretical view of ways to assess and design interventions that are supportive of Latino culture." - Ana Paulino, EdD, ACSW, AssociateProfessor at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York "Melvin Delgado provides a refreshing alternative to the old deficit approach to social service practice with Latino populations. I am sure this model will greatly aid in the development of culturally relevant evidence-based practices that will prove to be effective in addressing many of the health and social problems confronted by Latinos at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels." - Mario de la Rosa, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work and Director, Center for Research on US Latinos, Florida International University "Professor Delgado has provided an essential scholarly achievement that will continue to provide direction and guidance to scholars, advocates, practitioners, and policy makers engaged in serving and understanding the Latino community in the United States. The book is a timely and thoughtful volume that provides a different assessment and a calming voice to an increasingly heated and difficult national debate on immigration reform."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare "Dr. Delgado takes the readers to a level beyond the basic knowledge that is available in the social work profession about the Latino population. As a professional Latina it is intellectually stimulating to see a book that goes deeper in exploring cultural and institutional issues that affect the lives of immigrant families....Dr. Delgado's formulation of a cultural assets paradigms offers the reader a theoretical view of ways to assess and design interventions that are supportive of Latino culture." - Ana Paulino, EdD, ACSW, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York "Melvin Delgado provides a refreshing alternative to the old deficit approach to social service practice with Latino populations. I am sure this model will greatly aid in the development of culturally relevant evidence-based practices that will prove to be effective in addressing many of the health and social problems confronted by Latinos at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels." - Mario de la Rosa, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work and Director, Center for Research on US Latinos, Florida International University "Dr. Delgado takes the readers to a level beyond the basic knowledge that is available in the social work profession about the Latino population. As a professional Latina it is intellectually stimulating to see a book that goes deeper in exploring cultural and institutional issues that affect thelives of immigrant families....Dr. Delgado's formulation of a cultural assets paradigms offers the reader a theoretical view of ways to assess and design interventions that are supportive of Latino culture." - Ana Paulino, EdD, ACSW, Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, CityUniversity of New York"Melvin Delgado provides a refreshing alternative to the old deficit approach to social service practice with Latino populations. I am sure this model will greatly aid in the development of culturally relevant evidence-based practices that will prove to be effective in addressing many of the healthand social problems confronted by Latinos at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels." - Mario de la Rosa, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work and Director, Center for Research on US Latinos, Florida International Universityshow more

About Melvin Delgado

Melvin Delgado, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Macro Practice at Boston University School of Social Work. Dr. Delgado has devoted his professional life to working in and researching undervalued communities in the United States, with particular focus on Latinos and community asset paradigms.show more

Table of contents

SECTION 1: Setting the Stage ; 1. Context Grounding ; 2. Demographic Profile, Trends & Commentary ; 3. Health, Social & Educational Needs Profile ; 4. Best Practices with Latinos ; SECTION 2: A Conceptual Foundation on Access, Culture, & Assets ; 5. Access Challenges to Service Delivery ; 6. Latino Cultural Values & Beliefs ; 7. A Cultural Assets Paradigm: A Conceptual Foundation ; 8. A Cultural Assets Paradigm: Practice Applications & Considerations ; 9. Epilogueshow more

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