PAU’s Mission to Serve the Spanish-speaking
Community and Recruit New Leadership
alo Alto University (PAU) is striving to
help fill the gap in available services to
the Spanish-speaking and Latino community surrounding the Gronowski Center. The
Gronowski Center is a psychology training
clinic dedicated to providing compassionate
counseling, psychotherapy and assessment
services to children, adolescents, adults,
older adults, couples, and families in Santa
Clara County and San Mateo County.
The Gronowski Center serves approximately 350 clients each week and offers
treatment for a large range of psychological
and emotional difficulties. The clinic offers
low-cost affordable services on a sliding
scale basis, as a part of its community mission. Doctoral-level psychology students
from the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs at PAU
provide therapy under close supervision by
licensed clinical psychologists.
The effort to provide this much needed service to the Spanish-speaking community is supported by members of the PAU Administration and the Gronowski Center Directors, and is being led by
a team of experienced, bilingual/bicultural clinical psychologists who
are also core and affiliated faculty at PAU: Ricardo Muñoz, Alinne Barrera, Jorge Wong, and Eduardo Bunge. Each individual contributes
unique clinical and research experiences that will enhance the training of future licensed clinicians and the overall well-being of those in
the community receiving this much needed care.
Dr. Muñoz has been a highly influential member of the Latino
community in the San Francisco Bay Area for the better part of four
decades. His work on evidence-based depression interventions and
the development of internet interventions for delivering behavioral
health services, such as smoking cessation, holds great promise for
underserved and income-compromised communities. Likewise, Dr.
Barrera’s research and clinical expertise focuses on adapting prevention and treatment interventions, both nationally and internationally,
for women at high-risk for depression. She has extensive experience
working with clinicians to adapt evidence-based interventions to
meet the needs of Spanish-speaking individuals.
Dr. Jorge Wong
Dr. Ricardo Muñoz
Dr. Alinne Barrera
Dr. Jorge Wong, a current Gronowski Center
supervisor, oversees bilingual Spanish speaking students work with monolingual clients.
He encourages students to apply their learned
evidence-based practices in a culturally and linguistically respectful manner to assist clients in
their own recovery process. He mentors and
supports bilingual and bicultural students to develop therapeutic skills in languages other than
English and has been instrumental in providing
services to monolingual Spanish-speaking clients.
Dr. Eduardo Bunge
Born and educated in Argentina, Dr. Bunge
has been working on the dissemination of evidence-based approaches through lectures,
articles and published books all around South
and Central America. In addition, Dr. Bunge is
helping to develop PAU’s Global Advancement
of Counseling initiative in Central and South
America. This effort includes the development of a High Tech Mental
Health specialization certificate and introducing the M.A. in Counseling
degree to students in Central and South America.
Recruiting Leadership. In order to develop Spanish-speaking
services for the Latino community, PAU is currently searching for a
Spanish-speaking California-licensed psychologist to take the lead at the
Gronowski Center. The new position will be a half-time clinical faculty
position to start in the fall of 2013. The incumbent will: 1) provide supervision in Spanish for PAU students treating Spanish-speaking clients,
2) develop contacts with the Spanish-speaking community and service
agencies serving Latinos to increase the number of Spanish-speaking
patients seen at the Gronowski Center, and 3) recruit other Spanish-speaking supervisors to the clinic as the caseload increases.
Drs. Barrera, Bunge, and Muñoz (as well as other Spanish-speaking core faculty whom we are currently in the process of recruiting),
will provide workshops in the use of evidence-based Spanish-language
treatment and prevention manuals and periodic case consultation to
Spanish-speaking students and supervisors at the clinic in the use of
these manuals (originally developed at San Francisco General Hospital). For more information on the new position, please contact Melanie
Hartman at email@example.com.
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