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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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This book presents a research-based problem-solving model. As a tool, the LIBRE Model has been used to facilitate positive change and to address the importance of beliefs, values, mores, customs and traditions. The problem solver is invited to express “self ” as an individual with cultural experiences, both within their familial setting and the broad social context. Cultural efficacy is introduced as the motivational impetus and problem solving as the skill toward self-managed successful communication. To this end, the Listen-Identify-Brainstorm-Reality test-Encourage (LIBRE) Model problem-solving activity and engagement styles are explained in application with Latinos/as. A glossary of terms has also been provided along with an index.

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