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



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 6. LIBRE Model: Engagement Styles in Counseling


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Engagement Styles in Counseling

The LIBRE (Listen, Identify, Brainstorm, Reality-test, Encourage) Model (Guerra, 2001, 2005) is a structured approach to facilitating problem solving with training and learning implications. Based on social cognitive theory, goal setting, and self-monitoring, the approach provides a basis for the generation of hypotheses related to the development of client potential in learning how to self-assess, self-regulate, establish goal(s), and cognitively switch personal orientations to help personal presentation in response to context activity and behavioral investment.

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