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Our Work

Centro Hispano’s Esperanza program brings holistic framework to mental health

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Current Projects

  • Momentos de Esperanza Podcast (leads: Natalie Rivera, M.S. & Sara Sanchez Santana): Introducing a new Spanglish Podcast focused on Wellness and Mental Health in the Latinx Community: ¡Momentos de Esperanza! We hope for this podcast to be reflective of our own journey’s healing together as we share our testimonios which we hope will connect with people’s stories in our Latine communities. Testimonios offer us a form of resistance and a way to expose the complexities within the Latine community’s lived experience of oppression and systemic injustices. When we combine our individual stories with others it can help us create a collective critical consciousness. What do we mean by this? We are stronger, more whole, together! We have gotten through so much as a diverse community of cultures, values, languages. 
  • Multilingual Psychotherapists’ Experiences and Training Needs in New-Growth Latinx Communities (lead: Gabriella Gaus Hinojosa): We aim to explore the experiences and training needs of psychotherapists who graduated from English-only training programs and learned how to serve Spanish-speaking communities independently. There is a paucity of research on the experiences of multilingual psychotherapists serving emerging new-growth communities: small, rapidly growing Latinx communities where mental health providers are scarce (Lanesskog et al. 2015). Multilingual psychotherapists in established Latinx communities and nationally report challenges when learning to adapt services independent of training (Biever et al. 2002; Estrada et al. 2018; Teran et al. 2017). As our field continues to enhance contextually embedded multicultural competencies and the demand for bilingual and culturally competent psychotherapists is projected to grow by 30% (APA 2021), it is imperative we adequately respond by exploring how to address this problem in professional neglect.
  • Translanguaging in Psychotherapy (lead: Natalie Rivera, M.S.): This research integrates a translanguaging framework into psychotherapy to pursue linguistic affirmation for multilingual members of the Latinx community and to provide a more dynamic & ecological way to conceptualize therapist-client pairing experiences in the therapeutic encounter. Translanguaging, originally introduced by bilingual education scholars (see Coronel-Molina & Samuelson, 2017; Creese & Blackledge, 2010; Garcia & Lin, 2017) expands how we think about multilingual individuals through the different language systems they are navigating socially, politically, culturally, and linguistically and provides us the means to conceptualize the multilingual as someone who may be able to transcend externally defined and socially constructed boundaries of language systems (Wei, 2018)

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  • Morgridge Center for Public Service Outstanding Community Partner Award for Centro Hispano of Dane County:
    This award is given annually to a community partner who has demonstrated excellence in partnering with a university entity to provide opportunities for students to engage in and learn from the community. Centro is a community hub and has become the leading social service provider for Latinos in the county. The agency serves 2,500 families and over 6,000 individuals annually and utilizes strategic planning and program evaluation to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between the university and Centro Hispano.

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  • Quintana, S., Gaus Hinojosa, G., Ramirez Stege, A., Cruz, E. (2020, October 28). Centro-Hispano-School of Education Partnership: Linguistically and Culturally responsive training to increase metal health and well-being of Latinx communities, panel presentation for Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement Diversity Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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  • Rivera, N., Gaus Hinojosa, G., Quintana, S., Ramirez Stege, A. M. (August 2021). Translingualism: A Model of Language Usage for Psychotherapy. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Online.
  • Gaus Hinojosa, G., Rivera, N., Robledo, D., Cervantes, J., Ramirez Stege, A., Quintana, S. (August 2021). The Experiences and Training Needs of Multilingual Psychotherapists in New-Growth Latinx Communities: An Update. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Online.
  • Quintana, S., Ramirez Stege, A. M., Gaus Hinojosa, G., Rivera, N. (April 2021). Esperanza (hope): Community-University Partnership to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in Latinx Communities. Poster presented at the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture Annual Convention, Online.

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  • Ramírez Stege, A.M., & Robledo, D. (2021, March 29). Youth HEART (Healing Ethno- And Racial Trauma) Workshop: How can culture heal? [Workshop]. Latinx Youth Summit. Madison, WI.
  • Ramírez Stege, A.M., Rivera, N., & Robledo, D. (2020, November). Post-election youth program diálogo. [Workshop]. Centro Hispano of Dane County Youth Program facilitators. Madison, WI.
  • Quintana, S., & Gaus Hinojosa, G. (Spring 2020). Centro Hispano-UW School of Education Partnership & Compassion Fatigue. [Workshop]. Centro Hispano of Dane County Staff. Madison, WI.