» Competition 17 - The MetLife Foundation Study Abroad Innovation Competition

University of Denver, Denver, United States

University of Denver, Denver, United States
Strategic Partner: Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile

Building a Global Workforce of Culturally and Linguistically Competent Mental Health Providers for Spanish-speaking Latino communities

The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, in partnership with Universidad del Desarrollo, created an exchange program that will meet urgent, community mental health needs and play a critical role in the partnering institutions’ goal to train linguistically- and culturally-competent mental health providers to learn and navigate the mental health systems and clinical models of the U.S. and Chile. Through the program, U.S. students will travel to Chile to visit clinical sites in various areas of psychology—including forensic, child and family, community and health psychology—and participate in didactic and case study presentations with Chilean students and faculty. The Chilean students, in turn, will travel to Denver to complete a practicum/internship experience with community mental health agencies, and participate in clinical trainings on topics such as suicide risk assessment, U.S. mental health documentation practices, and Trauma Informed Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Spanish-speaking populations.

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