A Prevention and Early Intervention Program to Promote Successful Cultural Adaption Through Biculturalism
Entre dos Mundos is an evidence-based, 10-week prevention and early intervention program designated by Paul R Smokowski, PhD and Martica Bacallo, PhD.
Entre Dos Mundos Support groups provide a safe space where families can discuss what it is like to live in two cultures. Topics covered in the multifamily groups include the impact of acculturative stress on family relationships, discrimination, language barriers, school, work, family pride, educational goals, future sucess in maintaining cultural identity in the context of biculturalism. Facilitators together with participants develop perspectives that empasize individual, family and cultural strengths.
Entre Dos Mundos Support groups are conducted in Spanish by bicultural facilitators, including youth co-facilitators from Juventud FACETA, who understand the norms, values, and meanings embedded in Latino culture and to have first-hand experience with acculturative stress and biculturalism.
Entre Dos Mundos support groups addresses issues of acculturative stress which is associated with mental health, physical health and substance abuse problems in Latino imigrant families. Entre Dos Mundos support groups aim to streghten parent/child relationships, family adaptability in addressing the cultural gap, develop social support networks, and promote biculturalism as a healthy adaptation to these stressors.
Understanding these psychosocial stressors help Latino families better understand and avocate for their needs.
The Entre Dos Mundos program provides an Entre Dos Munditos group that occurs at the same time as the multifamily group for parents and adolescents. The Entre Dos Munditos Group is designed for children ages 3 to 10. It follows the same themes that are addressed in the Entre Dos Mundos multifamily support group utilizing discussion of bicultural issues centered around art activities, stories, songs, and play that helps children trough the acculturization process.
Patricia Cortez MSW firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Montes MSW email@example.com
Patricia Cortez is the board President of Amigos Multicultural Services Center founder and coordinator of Juventud FACETA youth leadership training program. She is also a therapist and clinical supervisor at Center for Family development and co-manager of the Entre Dos Mundos Program.
Teresa Montes is the Executive Director of Amigos Multicultural Services Center and a therapist at Center for Family Development and co-manager of Entre dos Mundos psrogram.
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