Written for educators and professionals, this book examines the cultural challenges Latis/as encounter as they move from one social setting to the next. Problem solving is presented as a skill, strategy, and protective factor in the development of resiliency and self-efficacy. This solution-oriented approach facilitates Lati/a personal and professional development in processing the unexpected. The book introduces the LIBRE Model problem-solving activity as the tool to negotiate positive change by (1) affirming cultural competency, (2) supporting self-regulated decision making, (3) monitoring self-engagement styles, and (4) developing resiliency toward smoother transitions. The goal is to provide the reader with partnering tools that will empower Lati/a engagement, personal management, and active self-agency in managing decisions, challenges, and choices.
Norma S. Guerra is a nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed professional counselor-supervisor. Her research interests include social cognitive problem solving, self-regulation, attention, and engagement styles. Dr. Guerra is the author of Clinical Problem Solving Case Management, which addresses attention toward positive change.