The purpose of this project was to develop a culturally effective program that offers therapeutic services for Latino children and youth in the foster care system. The proposed program aims to provide this vulnerable population with the proper tools needed to develop and maintain social-emotional and mental wellness. Redefining Narratives is intended to reduce the negative outcomes faced by the majority of foster care alumni by providing them with a safe and nurturing environment to process and learn how to cope with their lived experiences. A review of the literature was conducted in order to identify the unique needs of Latino children and youth in the foster care system, the systematic barriers that they face, and the gaps in services for this population. The program was designed to implement a narrative approach through group therapy to address the problem saturated narrative they often form, help them build a social network, and assist them in developing the skills needed to form and maintain healthy social relationships. The actual submission or funding of this grant was not a necessary requirement for the successful completion of this thesis grant proposal.
|Commitee:||Ranney, Molly, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Mental health|
|Keywords:||Children and youth, Foster care, Holistic approach, Latino foster care youth, Narrative therapy, Therapeutic intervention|
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