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Addressing Challenges Latinos/as Encounter with the LIBRE Problem-Solving Model

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Norma S. Guerra

Written for educators and professionals, this book examines the cultural challenges Latinos/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 Latino/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 Latino/a engagement, personal management, and  active self-agency in managing decisions, challenges, and choices.
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Chapter 3. Self-Awareness toward Cultural Efficacy

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SELF-AWARENESS TOWARD CULTURAL EFFICACY

Setting the stage for the necessary security to step out and engage in communication with people that are different from you.

It is a cool September morning. You are driving in your convertible, top down, enjoying the brand new fall breeze and listening to your favorite radio station. Suddenly you see that the car that just passed you was pulled over by the police. You immediately step on the brakes. You and everyone around you on the road make an adjustment. All have slowed down to pay extra attention to the speed limit.

Some environmental changes are subtle and welcomed, like the coming of cool weather after a heat wave or signal lights all turning green as you hurry to work. Other changes are unexpected and leave you with more questions. Consider the shifting demographics in the public schools. When did Latinos/as become the fastest growing student group? What is required to adapt to the change? There is now an accompanying need to address cultural competency—yours and mine. We may be quick to agree that there is a need to examine cultural competency. It is a great idea with a good strong concept, but why is it necessary now?

Our U.S. public school environment is clearly changing. There is growing cultural diversity among the student body with Latinos/as representing ← 27 | 28 → the fasting growing group (Kena et al., 2015). This environmental...

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