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Esperanza is funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program and will not have UW-Madison funding to continue post Spring 2025.

Undergrad/Grad Coursework

Courses

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NEW! COUN PSY 620 Esperanza Community-Engaged Research with Latines [undergrad/grad]

This 3-credit course is provided in FALL and SPRING semesters and open to undergraduate AND graduate students who have taken the service-learning COUN PSY/CHICLA 525 Dimensions of Latinx Mental Health course (see below) OR receive instructor approval (contact Dr. RS at ramirezstege@wisc.edu). This course draws on interdisciplinary research and practice across education, psychology and public health that seeks to disrupt, mitigate, and eliminate mental health disparities among local Latine populations through the development and implementation of community-engaged research and programming. This course will prepare students to develop, implement and evaluate community-engaged research that promotes health justice and wellness for Latine populations across Madison, Dane County and the State of Wisconsin. Students will learn the principles of community-engaged research and apply them through the development of mutually beneficial, reciprocal, effective, equitable, and justice-oriented community-university collaborations.

This course is NOT a requisite for the Esperanza Bilingual Psychological Services Certificate. See Esperanza Certificate courses below. 

If you wish to enroll, send an email to Dr. Ramírez Stege (ramirezstege@wisc.edu) and our Students Services Coordinator, Andrea Burdick (ampalm@wisc.edu) sharing your CAMPUS ID to provide permission to enroll in COUN PSY 620 Special Topics: Esperanza Community-Engaged Mental Health Justice Research with Latines [“Esperanza Community-Engaged Research”]. Please note that any L&S students who enroll cannot receive LAS credit for a topics course. However, this course may count toward a Chican@ & Latin@ Studies certificate or major. 

Esperanza Graduate Certificate Includes:

See below course descriptions for more detailed information on the certificate course offerings.

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Spring 1: COUN PSY 500 Radical Healing & Ethics of Latinx Bilingual Training [graduate]

This 1-credit course will provide the professional foundations and ethical considerations of working with multilingual Latinx communities. Students will build a foundational knowledge of liberatory philosophy, community-engaged work, review the ethical codes relevant to their field of study, and discuss how those relate to Latinx cultural values and multilingual psychological service delivery. No prerequisites are required.

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Summer: COUN PSY/CHICLA 525 Dimensions of Latinx Mental Health [undergrad/grad]

This 3-credit course will provide important decolonization and anti-racist frameworks for working with Latinxs including cultural, spiritual, linguistic and historical features relevant to this population such as ethnic identity development, acculturation, educational achievement, liberation psychology and critical epistemologies, assessment and intervention, religion and spirituality, and traditional healing practices. No prerequisites are required.

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Summer: COUN PSY 550 Strengthening Latinxs [graduate]

This 3-credit course will help students develop proficiency in basic psychotherapeutic helping skills through role-plays and specialized training that integrates Latinx psychological theories into practical clinical interventions. A prerequisite of at least one introductory course on theories of psychological interventions and skills development in English is required in addition to an intermediate level of Spanish proficiency.

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Fall 1: COUN PSY 575 Latinx Foundational Practicum: Case Conceptualization [graduate]

This 1-credit course will accompany students conducting an internship or clinical practicum experience focusing on developing skills in culturally-grounded case conceptualization when working with Latinxs, case consultation, and case presentation.

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Spring 2: CP 580 Latinx Advanced Practicum: Treatment Planning & Interventions [graduate]

This 1-credit course will accompany students conducting an internship or clinical practicum experience focusing on developing skills in treatment planning, using Latinx-centered theory to guide their clinical intervention and consultation, and assessing their clinical effectiveness intervening with multilingual Latinx populations. Students will complete a final Latinx Clinical Capstone Presentation where they will demonstrate their clinical work with Latinxs.