VISTAS Multicultural Issues in Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.



Modismos: Mindfulness and the Importance of Language With Latin American Clients

Peter J. Economou, Marcela Farfan, Ana Maria Idarraga, and Vanessa H. Chafos

2015

This research paper is based on a presentation discussed at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association in March 2015. The research introduces the process and results of a study that translated and validated the Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale (PHLMS). It also focuses on the importance of language within the Latin American culture and the rationale for developing a mindfulness scale for individuals of Latin American descent. Furthermore, it seeks to help counselors and mental health professionals acquire a better understanding of the significance of different dialects and languages within this population. The paper provides examples of modismos (i.e., idioms) and the clinical implications for using third-wave cognitive and behavioral therapies with Latin Americans.

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