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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 9. Latino/a Partnership


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Problem-solving engagement begins and ends with the measurement of change.

We open this chapter with “self ” and Bandura’s (2006) four core human agency properties to discuss using problem solving and cultural efficacy to produce resiliency. Our emphasis is on the importance of monitoring positive resilient change anchored by cultural efficacy. This approach is distinctive because it highlights the personal transitions involved in moving from one cultural setting to another. Teaching, learning and monitoring self-change are often untapped strengths in working with Latinos/as. There is an empowering autonomy to monitoring how self-within-community responses shift across differing social contexts. This subtle self-awareness requires skill. The LIBRE problem-solving model provides concrete language and examples from which both abstract and concrete plans can be formulated. Learning to operate within the problem-solving self-management context supports self-efficacy. Engagement styles are that tangible benchmark from which self-monitoring attention begins and is managed. The goal of this final chapter is to provide a summary of how to partner with Latinos/as.

There is liberation in valuing multicultural social cognitive exchanges. This allows us a freedom to explore. Much like Christopher Columbus set out ← 105 | 106 → to find a more direct path to Asia, we have endeavored to move the human agency experience from random to informed. Shifting to an examination of personal regulation and active self-agency in managing challenges across distinct settings can increase flow, the fluid optimal experiences with reduced moments of disengagement or...

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