Participants will learn how to assess Latinx & BIPOC
mothers in treatment with cultural competency. Learn what questions to ask while
doing a biopsychosocial assessment, key phrases that will help create a
therapeutic relationship with Latinx & BIPOC mothers and assess for PMADS.
Learn how to engage the partner/support system, identify cultural barriers that
keep mother from seeking help.
Educational Learning Objectives
1. Able to assess Latinx & BIPOC mothers for PMADS with cultural competency
- Teach providers/clinicians the questions that they can ask mothers to
- Role-play with providers to help formulate their questions so they
validate and support the mother and families.
2. Identify the cultural barriers that affect/prevent Latinx & BIPOC mothers from
- Discuss with providers the reasons why many Latinx & BIPOC mothers
do not seek treatment.
- Cultural barriers: SES, single family, incarceration, political status,
3. Utilize tools to engage partner/support system in mother’s treatment
- Educate providers on ways to engage the family and their support
system. Questions and topics to explore with family to create strong
support system for mothers.
- Educate family members on maternal mental health, PMADS and
ask how they can better support the mother knowing what they now
- Teach about cultural/traditional tools that family can use to provide
mother support (herbal teas, belly binding, the 40 day labor diet (a
period after giving birth where the mother stays home and others
care for her and baby), the role of extended family in the
postpartum care, doulas.
I am Susana Marquez, a Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapist. I earned my doctorate and masters from Alliant International University
in Irvine, CA. I am the founder and clinician of Wellness Para La Mama, a private
practice in Long Beach that provides bilingual therapeutic services for expectant
and postpartum Latinx and BIPOC mothers. Services include psychotherapy,
support groups, workshops and parenting classes. Wellness Para La Mama is
rooted in the vision that a healthy mama is a healthy family. I reside in Long Beach, CA with my 7-year-old son and mother. I love to travel, read psychological thrillers, cook, dance and I am a huge Lakers and Dodgers fan.