Grief Therapy with Latinos

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Grief Therapy with Latinos

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Integrating Culture for Clinicians

Author: Carmen Vazquez PhD, Dinelia Rosa PhD


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"We recommend this work for both bilingual counselors and for mono-lingual counselors in schools and clinical settings. The grief counseling techniques are clearly explained and are accessible even to those who have not been extensively trained in the areas of loss and grief."--Illness, Crisis and Loss

"Grief Therapy with Latinos: Integrating Culture for Clinicians advances the field of grief therapy by offering a culturally sensitive model for Latino/as. Rich in theory and practice, this book offers a culturally congruent approach to grief therapy. The authors present an effective model that teaches therapists how to comprehend Latino/as' 'mourning in Spanish.' Grief Therapy with Latinos: Integrating Culture for Clinicians can serve as a graduate textbook as well as a reference for novice and seasoned clinicians."--Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD, in Psychoanalytic Psychology

This book serves as both a graduate textbook and clinical reference that helps in the understanding of relevant cultural values and their effect on the grieving process. Grief Therapy with Latinos also addresses the application of specific interventions in a culturally appropriate manner, including the importance of language in grief therapy, psychology, and counseling with a Latino population.

The main focus of this book is to identify underlying pathologies, depressions, or anxieties that could have existed before, and the relevance of the cultural components that can interfere with the adaption to and the resolution of grief. Written in three parts-specific cultural and psychological components of Latino grief, the many faces of grief, and grief within the family context-each part demonstrates a clear hands-on approach to how to respond to Latino patients and addresses aspects universally related to grief and psychological points of view.

Key features:

  • Addresses culturally specific and diverse narratives of loss to illustrate cultural revelations in the grief process and the clinical assessment of denial and spirituality
  • Discusses the relevance of language in the expression of grief, assessment, and treatment
  • Presents clear and easy-to-read grief therapy approaches and methods
  • Includes adaptations of traditional psychotherapeutic techniques, incorporating relevant cultural values

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 28, 2011
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826106599
  • EISBN 9780826106605

About The Author(s) 

Carmen Vazquez

Carmen Inoa Vazquez, PhD is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine in addition to managing her own practice. Dr. Vazquez is the author of Parenting with Pride Latino Style and has contributed chapters to Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competencies, Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology, Ethnicity and Family Therapy, The Latino Psychiatric Patient Assessment and Treatment,.

Dinelia Rosa

Dinelia Rosa, PhD manages her private practice and currently serves as Director of the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Teachers College, Columbia University. She served as consultant and supervisor to the Bilingual Treatment Program Clinic, Bellevue Hospital Center. She has extensive teaching and clinical experience in grief therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, group and family therapy, cross-cultural and forensic psychology and previously collaborated with Dr. Vazquez on presentations, writing, workshops, and clinical work.

Table of Contents 



    1. The Latino Experience of Grief
    2. Cultural Manifestations in the Clinical Assessment of Denial
    3. The Culturally Competent Treatment of Anger in Bereavement
    4. Coping with Depression During Grief
    5. The Spirituality/Religious Component in Latino Grief


    6. Stillbirths, Miscarriages, Abortions, and Sudden Infant Death
    7. The Psychological Impact of Sudden, Unanticipated Losses
    8. Grieving and Health


    9. Conflicts and their Resolutions in the Grieving Family
    10. Grief Across Differences


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