"Sí, Yo Puedo Curricula" Accepted for Publication
Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Marrs Fuchsel and her community partner, Centro, whose article, "Sí, Yo Puedo Curricula: Latinas Examining Domestic Violence and Self," was accepted in Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work.
In describing the article, Dr. Fuchsel commented, "Centro and I applied the principles of community-based participatory research as a research framework and as I conducted the mixed-method study. I partnered and collaborated with Centro, the largest Latino community-based agency in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Centro has promoted culturally competent educational services to promote family well-being to the growing Latino population in Minnesota for the last 40 years."
Partnering with and responding to the needs of community-based agencies is an important priority for the St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work. We are also proud to highlight the contribution of MSW graduate and fifth author, Leigh Hartenberg, who was Dr. Fuchsel's research assistant for 2 years and worked extensively with her on the research process and finalizing this article.
The five authors include:
- Catherine L. Marrs Fuchsel, PhD, LICSW, LCSW, St. Catherine University - University of St. Thomas School of Social Work
- Roxana Linares, MA, Executive Director, Centro
- Ana Abugattas, MS, LMFT, Private Practice
- Maria Padilla, Health and Wellness Coordinator, Centro
- Leigh Hartenberg, MSW '15, LGSW
In 2013-2014, a mixed-method study was conducted examining the experiences of 14 immigrant Latina women using a culturally specific curriculum: Sí, Yo Puedo. The purpose of using the curriculum among participants was to assess self-esteem and knowledge of healthy relationships, dating, and domestic violence. The curriculum is a two-hour, topic-specific educational program, conducted in Spanish, offered over a period of 11 weeks in a group format. Participants reported an increase in self-esteem and knowledge of domestic violence after completing the program. Implications include the promotion of a curriculum for mental health professionals who work with immigrant Latinas in community-based agencies.