The Social Influences of Latine and Black Mental Health

Discover the transformative power of cultural humility

Workshop Series Logistics

Population: For therapists, social services providers, health care professionals, and educators. Content can be modified for high schoolers and college students. 

​Capacity: Up to 40 participants per workshop is ideal. 

Mode: Virtual or in-person, no hybrid mode.

Language: English or Spanish.

Length: Every workshop is 3 hours. The client can pick and choose specific workshops from the list provided or request the complete five-part series.

Original Cost: $3,000 per workshop. Up to 50% of the original cost can be negotiated, depending on specific non-monetary agreements chosen by the client. 

This comprehensive program, divided into four workshops, is designed to empower folks with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver culturally relevant care in Latine and Black communities.

In this workshop series, you will gain valuable insights into how social and cultural experiences profoundly shape the needs, preferences, and decision-making processes of Latine and Black clients, particularly when seeking and receiving your care.

Each workshop will equip you with practical strategies and tools to adapt your communication styles and care methods effectively. 

Our comprehensive workshop series delves into four key areas:

The Immigrant Experience: Discover the complexities of assimilation and acculturation among Latine and Black immigrants, understanding the stressors, factors, and effects of these processes.

Gender Roles: Unpack the impact of Marianismo and Machismo on mental health, fostering dialogues about gender role expectations in Latine and Black communities.

Family Dynamics: Explore how Familism shapes family dynamics and influences mental health perceptions, equipping you with strategies for navigating familial conflicts.

Racial Justice: Examine the historical roots and manifestations of Colorism and Anti-Blackness within Latine and Black cultures, and learn how to combat these practices effectively.

Workshop Descriptions and Objectives

Living in the In-Between: Unpacking the Mental Health Impacts of Assimilation and Acculturation in Latine and Black Immigrants

Assimilation and Acculturation are two critical processes that happen when individuals immigrate from one cultural context to another. Assimilation involves adopting the cultural values, attitudes, and behaviors of the dominating culture in the new country, often leading to the erasure of one’s original culture. In contrast, acculturation involves adopting aspects of the dominating culture while maintaining elements of one’s original culture. Through an identity development lens, participants will gain insight into the challenges, strengths, and complexities faced by first- and second-generation U.S. Latine and Black immigrants navigating these processes.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have

  • Noted key characteristics of first and second-generation immigrants.
  • Distinguished Assimilation from Acculturation.
  • Recognized observable signs of Assimilation and Acculturation.
  • Identified five types of stress caused by Assimilation and Acculturation in first and second-generation U.S. Latine and Black immigrants.
  • Examined four factors that may lead to Assimilation in first and second-generation U.S. Latine and Black immigrants.
  • Reviewed five questions addressing the effects of Assimilation and Acculturation on self-esteem, safety, and belonging.
Reshaping Gender Narratives: Navigating Marianismo, Machismo, and Mental Health in Latine and Black Communities

Machismo and Marianismo are cultural norms and values that shape gender roles and expectations in Latine and Black communities. Machismo refers to the belief in traditional masculinity characterized by dominance, aggression, and emotional restraint. In contrast, Marianismo refers to the idealization of women as selfless, nurturing, and virtuous. In this training, participants will acknowledge and discuss the impact of these gender roles on the mental health of Latine and Black communities.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have

  • Distinguished Machismo from Marianismo. 
  • Reflected on the historical and cultural roots of Marianismo and Machismo.
  • Listed the gender role expectations created by Marianismo and Machismo and their impact on mental health.
  • Applied dialogical strategies for challenging harmful gender role expectations in relationships.
Family as Foundation: Understanding Familism's Role in Latine and Black Mental Health

Familism is a cultural value that emphasizes fostering close and supportive family relationships, even above one’s needs. Hence, it significantly impacts how individuals perceive and pursue health, education, and social support. In this training, we will explore the impact of familism on the mental health of Latine and Black individuals by examining both its harmful and beneficial effects. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will have

  • Defined Familism within the context of Latine and Black culture.
  • Identified the distinct Familism characteristics in the roles, responsibilities, and relationships within Latine and Black families.
  • Examined the advantages and disadvantages of upholding familism values on identity development, well-being, and decision-making processes.
  • Prepared dialogical strategies for navigating interpersonal conflicts related to Familism values. 
    Breaking the Shade: Confronting Colorism and Anti-Blackness in Latine and Black Culture

    Phrases such as “Pelo Malo” (bad or curly hair) and “Mejora la Raza” (improve the race) are examples of Colorist and Anti-Black language in Latine and Spanish-speaking communities, perpetuating a preference for lighter skin tones and hatred against Blackness. In this workshop, we will develop a comprehensive understanding of Colorism and Anti-Blackness, their historical roots, and how they manifest within Latine and Black cultures.

    By the end of the workshop, participants will have

    • Examined the historical connection between Racism, Colorism, and Anti-Blackness. 
    • Named Colorist and Anti-Black behaviors in Latine and Black communities. 
    • Discussed the harmful effects of colorism and anti-Blackness on the self-esteem, identity formation, and overall well-being of Latine and Black folks. 
    • Listed strategies for dismantling Colorism and Anti-Blackness at all levels of oppression.

    I found the whole training to be a positive experience. It was helpful to have another perspective, especially from somebody who has been through the whole immigration process herself. It was also helpful to think about all of the things that can be challenging for students who are first or second-generation immigrants.

    Participant, Assimilation and Acculturation Workshop

    Ysabel offered a huge wealth of knowledge on the history of colorism. She was very open, kind, respectful, and an effective communicator – speaking AND listening. We had an amazing open space for talking about some really tough subjects.

    Participant, Colorism and Anti-Blackness Workshop

    She opened up my eyes to a lot on the topic. It made think about it more deeply and align things with the fact that things stem from somewhere, which in this case it was culture. She made me and a lot of people realize we could relate and it’s okay to not agree with these
    specific roles.

    Participant, Familism Workshop

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