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Bridging the Language Divide: Creating Multilingual Collaborations Between Families With Spanish Language Dominance and Non-Spanish Speaking School Counselors
Lynn Z. Tovar
Increased linguistic diversity in school communities requires that counselors focus on building multilingual collaborations, regardless of counselors’ linguistic abilities. Addressing the language gap calls for advocacy for relevant resources, bridging behaviors, knowledge of how to work with language interpreters, and evaluation of service delivery and environment. With a focus on working with families with Spanish language dominance, recommendations for school counselors and two case studies are provided.
Keywords: Latino immigrants, school counselors, parent engagement, culturally
informed counseling, limited English proficiency