Date of Award

Winter 2008

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

David J Hebert


There is a significant and increasing amount of Latinos immigrating to the United States. They face many challenges in successfully adapting to life in this country. These challenges are several and include cultural differences, premigration and migration trauma, economic hardship, lack of facility with the language, and attitudes of United States citizens toward immigrants. The needs of Latino immigrants are unique, and the costs of not addressing these needs are likely to be significant. As the United States becomes increasingly more racially and culturally diverse, it is encumbent upon those in the helping professions to prepare to serve a radically different client base. An eight session psychoeducational and therapeutic group for Central American female immigrants is described.