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CSPP Mexico Summer Immersion Program 

7/5/2009 to 8/11/2009

Dr. Jason Platt

Summer 2009 Immersion Announcement

Saludos desde de México!

You are invited to apply to be part of this year’s California School of Professional Psychology’s Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program in Mexico City! This program is designed for individuals interested in being part of a Think-Tank on ways to improve mental health approaches with Latino communities. The program and courses also meet the majority of requirements for those interested in earning the Certificate in Latin American Family Therapy.

The dates of Mexico based portion of the program are July 5th to August 7th (participants will be expected to have completed readings & assignments during the five weeks prior to arrival in Mexico). We hope that you will be able to join us for this year’s program!

Aspects of the program include:

• A Freireian approach to education
• Latin American originating Mental Health Theories such as Liberation Psychology
• Spanish coursework tailored for Mental Health Workers
• Information on Indigenous Healing Practices
• Lectures on topics such as current political & social issues in Mexico, GLBT issues in Mexico, immigration, local economics & politics, art, Liberation Psychology, and many more.

This year’s invited faculty and courses includes:

The Psychology of Latina Women
Dr. Oliva M. Espin

Psy 6112: Social Basis of Behavior: Ecology and Social Transformation
Dr. Tod Sloan
Lewis and Clark College

Psy 6643: Critical Issues in Latin America
Dr. Monique Jiménez
Carlos Albizu University-Puerto Rico Campus

Psy 6654: Latin American & Liberation Psychologies
Dr. Jason J. Platt
Alliant International University-Mexico Campus

Psy 6303: Group Therapy
Doctoral Candidate, Erika Beckles
Syracuse University

Psy 6311: Intro to Psychopathology
Laura Patricia Betancourt
Alliant International University-Mexico Campus

Program Fee

The program fee is $3500 and this includes all of your housing, Spanish coursework and materials, the majority of breakfasts and suppers for the first four weeks, lectures, entrance fees to program activities, and travel to communities in Guanajuato, Jalisco & Michoacan. The fee does not include your flight to Mexico City or tuition for any of the classes in which you choose to enroll. Typically Financial Aid is available. Please meet with your local financial aid office to make arrangements.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Check list

  1. Applications must be enrolled in and be in good standing in a university mental health training program or have graduated from an accredited Mental health training program.
  2. Applicants must submit an essay describing why they are interested in being part of the Immersion Program and a member of the program think tank. Essays should be emailed to Dr. Jason Platt at [email protected]
  3. Email Ms. Gillian Honey at [email protected] in order to arrange a time for a phone interview.

What to do now:

  1. Email Dr. Jason Platt at [email protected] and confirm that you are planning on participating in this year’s immersion program.
  2. A non-refundable deposit of $250 needs to be sent to Thomas Swank [email protected] in order to secure your spot for this year’s program. Deposits are due by March 1st, 2009.
  3. Complete and return both the Learning Agreement and Study Abroad Release form.
  4. If you do not have a passport, you need to apply for one. For more information, please visit
  5. Buy a Journal!
Take care, and we look forward to having you visit beautiful Mexico soon!

Jason Platt, Ph.D.
Program Director

CSPP Latin American Immersion Programs

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