Latino Families in Therapy: A Multidimensional Framework for Practice

Presented by Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD on 06-13-2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Clinicians of all ethnicities are increasingly called upon to treat a diverse group of Latino clients and will need road maps to navigate these new territories. This program presents a practice and theory-based multidimensional framework (MECA) useful for assessment and treatment by taking into account the special characteristics of Latinos and the impact of migration on core family relationships, such as parent-child or couples. Every person is regarded as having a multifaceted identity or “ecological niche” (race, class, gender, religion) that can be understood from cultural and sociopolitical viewpoints involving migration narratives, ecological contexts, types of family organization, and family life cycle transitions.

As a result of globalization and family reunification obstacles, many new Latino immigrants are “transnationals” that live with two hearts: one here and one back home. These new scenarios call for the use of transnational therapies that utilize new technologies of communication in order to keep or repair crucial relational bonds. State-of-the-art practice ideas and techniques such as “rebalancing contracts” and “catching up life narratives” or “healing rituals” will be integrated with case vignettes. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the individual’s strengths and the risks involved in facing challenges of adaptation.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Explain a framework for culturally attuned and socially responsible assessment and intervention with Latino individuals;
  2. Demonstrate hands-on strategies for working with family conflicts and relational injuries that result from migration and acculturation stresses;
  3. Utilize different types of technology in keeping or repairing family bonds and maintaining a shared family story despite separation;
  4. Apply self-reflection on the part of practitioners regarding the theoretical and practice biases they bring to the work with Latino individuals that result from their personal culture or professional training.

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Event Reviews from Members

"The MECA framework provides a very practical and workable tool for use not only by therapists, but also to help clients conceptualize and normalize their experience." - Wesley R. Goodenough, LCSW

"I received numerous reframes that will be very helpful in my formulation of therapy goals and insight into family dynamics. I especially appreciated the concept of bridging the two worlds for adolescents and parents and Reciprocal Biculturalism." - Terri Burns, LMFT

Continuing Education (CE) Information

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Meet the Presenter

Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD

Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD

Celia J. Falicov, PhD, is recognized internationally as a family therapy teacher, author, and clinician. She currently serves as Clinical Professor in the University of California's Department of Family and Preventative Medicine and Psychiatry in San Diego, and she is former president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). As an author, Falicov was one of the first to write on topics such as migration, family transitions, and cultural perspectives in family therapy training and practice. She is the author of Family Transitions: Continuity and Change over the Life Cycle; Cultural Perspectives in Family Therapy; the pioneer volume Latino Families in Therapy; and the second edition of Latino Families in Therapy, which has just been released. She is also co-editor of Multiculturalism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach, an APA book released in March 2014.

Dr. Falicov has created a number of culturally attuned interventions for immigrant families. Her Multisystemic Ecological Comparative Approach—MECA—integrates sociopolitical and cultural differences and similarities across many groups and is commonly used for research and training. In recent years, Dr. Falicov’s work in the community has centered on addressing the mental health care needs of underserved families, training medical students to recognize the ways migration can impact mental and physical health, and facilitating groups that empower Latino clients. Dr. Falicov was born and raised in Argentina, received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, and a PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago. For more information on Dr. Falicov and her work, please visit

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  •, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  •, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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