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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 7. LIBRE Model Problem Solver’s Feedback


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It is powerful to receive your words back as feedback.

This chapter addresses the use of the LIBRE Model problem solver’s feedback. The collected data from each exchange provides evidence toward the development of self-efficacy and self-management (Guerra, 2009). Dweck (1999) explains this effort as a meaningful investment. She asserts that if something is important, then investment will occur; if there is no value, there will be no commitment. Thus, the participant’s collected words and resolution plans are invaluable data points that attest to the level of personal investment. For the individual who does not see “self” as an active agent, this activity provides data to demonstrate her position. She is able to see in concrete words and plans what her investment produces. Patterns emerge from the participant’s problem-solving exchanges. These presentations become snapshots of the individual-in-the-moment. For instance, with the Listen prompt, the participant is invited to self-reflect and conduct a personal environmental scan of all that is on her mind that may be occurring within her world. Following the Identify prompt, a concern is identified. The Brainstorm prompt invites the participant to create and explore options to the identified concern, and the Reality-Testing prompt gives the problem solver a chance to speak-out to ← 73 | 74 → what would occur within her worldview, experience and boundaries if she did pursue each stated option. She is asked to behaviorally imagine acting on each brainstormed option. Finally,...

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