Workshops in Mexico for Professionals
Working Effectively with Newly Migrated Mexican Nationals:
A Professional Workshop Held in Cuernavaca, Mexico
February & July
The purpose of this 2-week workshop is to help teachers, attorneys, school
counselors, social workers,
psychologists, public health
workers, business executives,
human resource professionals,
physicians, nurses, board
members of social agencies,
undergraduate and graduate
students in any of these fields,
and others interested in learning
about contemporary Mexican life
so that they can improve their
understanding of the social and emotional needs of newly migrated
Mexican Nationals. The workshop will be offered twice: February & July
at the Cemanahuac Educational Community in beautiful Cuernavaca,
Mexico, “The City of Eternal Spring.” Cost of the program, less airfare
and miscellaneous expenses is: $1,458. An optional independent study
program with Dr. Glicken is also available as are 3 Professional
Development Credits (EDUC’S) from California State University, San
Using knowledgeable and experienced Mexican professionals as guest
lecturers and Dr. Morley D. Glicken, a well known social work educator
and author, the workshop will provide over 24 hours of course content in
the following areas: ethnically sensitive work with Hispanic clients;
relevant family and gender issues; the political, religious, historical, legal,
and socio-economic context of life in Mexico; Mexican/U.S. relations; the
Mexican educational and health systems; folk healing; Mexican literature
and what it tells us about contemporary Mexican life; and Mexican
approaches to life that will sensitize participants to contemporary Mexican
life and the ways of viewing the world held by newly migrated Mexicans.
By offering the course in Mexico, participants will develop a broad
awareness of the reality of Mexican life and the experiences that shape
the lives of Mexican immigrants in the United States.
In addition to the workshop, participants will take 40 hours of immersion
Spanish, live and take meals with a Mexican family, have an opportunity
to visit a number of interesting and often astonishing archeological and
cultural sites in and around Mexico City, and meet other professionals
from around the country.
Friendships and Social Life
Many people who have taken Spanish at Cemanahuac make life-long
friends from among the several hundred people attending various programs
each week. There are numerous opportunities to meet interesting
professionals from the U.S., Mexico, and from many other countries.
Cuernavaca is an ideal place for participants and their families since it
has abundant restaurants, shops, galleries, and cultural events. Its
close proximity to Mexico City allows for low cost travel, not only to
Mexico City, but also to Acapulco, the silver city of Taxco, the enchanted
city of Tepotzlan, and many other famous and exciting resorts,
communities, and anthropological sites. Low cost field trips are
scheduled by Cemanahuac to such destinations as the Anthropological
Museum in Mexico City, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the
homes of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and the famous murals by Diego
Rivera at the Presidential Palace in Mexico City, to name just a few.
You will never feel lonely or bored when you attend this 2-week program.
Participants will take 40 hours of immersion Spanish during the two-week
workshop. Placement examinations will help determine your level of
Spanish so that you can be placed
in an appropriate class. Spanish
is taught Monday through Friday
from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM by
experienced instructors in
classes of no more than 5
students. Spanish conversation
classes for professionals are also
available from 1:00-2:00 PM daily
increasing the number of hours
participants can take in Spanish to 55 hours. Immersion Spanish means
that only Spanish is spoken in class.
Living with a Mexican Family
You will live with a wonderful Mexican family during the workshop.
Workshop fees cover your room and board. By living with a Mexican family,
you will learn about family life, practice your Spanish, and experience
family gatherings, celebrations, and family interactions. The fee you pay is
based upon double occupancy. If you would like to have your own room,
the cost is an additional $9.00 a day.
The weather in Cuernavaca is cool and dry in the winter and warm with
some rain in the summer. In general, the weather is beautiful.
2. To recognize cultural, religious, historical and socio-economic factors
that affect Mexicans today.
3. To understand the impact of socio-cultural and economic factors in
the development of Mexican identity.
4. To interact with Mexican Nationals in ways that help participants
appreciate Mexican life.
5. To improve an understanding of contemporary Mexican/U.S.
6. To understand forces that foster Mexican emigration to the United
7. To develop skill in using Spanish with clients, patients, students, and
for personal use.
8. To understand the most effective ways of relating to Mexican clients,
students, patients, and consumers.
Your class will be held Mondays through Thursdays from 4:00-7:00 PM
providing 8 class meetings of 3 hours each. All
readings will be e-mailed to you at least a
month in advance so that you can do much of
the reading before class begins. Many guest
speakers will be Mexican citizens who have
advanced degrees from prestigious schools in
the United States and are very knowledgeable
and experienced in their fields. If you would
like to do an independent study program in
addition to regular class meetings, Dr. Glicken
can arrange this for you. The following are the
class topics to be covered, but not necessarily
in this order.
Topic 1: A History of Mexico (guest speaker).
Topic 2: Why Mexican Nationals Immigrate to the United States; what
they bring by way of work ethic, educational competence, health problems,
and an understanding of American laws and customs (guest speaker).
Topic 3: The Mexican Educational System. The level of education many
Mexican Nationals have when they enter the United States and what needs
to be augmented; Attitudes of Parents Toward Education (Guest Speaker).
Topic 4: The Mexican Health Care System and the Health and Mental
Health Needs of Newly Immigrated Mexican Nationals (Amy Glicken).
Topic 5: The Non-Traditional Health Care System in Mexico; Curanderos,
Brujos and Herbalists.; Religion and Spirituality in Mexico (Guest speaker).
Topic 6: Developing Effective Working Relationships with Newly
Immigrated Mexican Students, Clients, Patients, and Consumers;
Common Mental Health Problems and the Most Effective Ways of Helping
Mexican Clients (See Dr. Glicken’s article on work with Hispanic clients in
your readings (Dr. Glicken).
Topic 8: Counseling and Psychotherapy with Newly Immigrated Mexican
Nationals in Crisis (Dr. Glicken)
Topic 9: Mexican family life; parenting styles; ways of handling discipline;
the role of men and women in Mexican life; help when family life becomes
impaired; family abuse and substance abuse treatment (Guest Speaker
and Dr. Glicken).
Topic 10: Understanding contemporary Mexican life, culture, traditions,
and politics from Mexican literature and films (Guest Speaker).
Topic 11: Contemporary Political Forces in Mexico. Will they lead to less
immigration, better educational preparation, and better health? (Guest
Topic 12: The Business Atmosphere in Mexico. Does it hold promise for
higher wages and better living conditions? Will it affect immigration and the
political process? (Guest Speaker).
Topic 13: Future Relations between Mexico and the United States;
creative ways of dealing with the issue of illegal immigration; trading
partners. (Guest Speaker)
Topic 14: The Future of Mexico and its Impact on the United States
(Guest Speaker). Summary, Goodbyes, and Fiesta (Dr. Glicken, Amy
Glicken, and the staff of Cemanahuac).
The winter workshop will be held in February & the summer
workshop will be held in July.
Monday to Friday
Breakfast with Host Family: 7:00- 8:00 AM
Spanish Class: 9:00 AM –1:00 PM at Cemanahuac Language School
Optional Conversational Spanish for Professionals: 1:00-2:30 PM
Optional Independent Study Program with Dr. Glicken: 2:30-4:00 PM
Lunch with Host Family: 2:00-3:00 PM (but if you prefer to stay at
Cemanahuac, you can arrange for your host family to provide a sack lunch)
Professional Workshop: 4:00-7:00 PM at Cemanahuac Educational
Dinner with Host Family: 8:00-9:00 PM
Dining and Dancing at Select Local Restaurants!
Saturdays and Sundays
Your fees include 2 weekend field trips to various anthropological and
cultural sites in and around Mexico City and Cuernavaca, but you may
choose to take more. Meals are still served by your host family and
some participants may choose to stay in Cuernavaca and do walking
tours of the city, shop, attend the Mariachi Mass at the Central Cathedral,
or see the many interesting historical and archeological sites in and
around Cuernavaca on their own. Bus and taxi services are very
Fees paid directly to Cemanahuac Educational Community
$1,158.00: Includes registration, Spanish language instruction, room and
board with your host family, Spanish textbook, 2 weekend field trips, and a
fiesta. This fee is paid directly to Cemanahuac Educational Community.
For application material contact Ms. Vivian Harvey at
Fees Paid directly to Dr. Glicken
$300: The professional workshop fee, which is paid directly to Dr. Glicken
at: 932 W. Rosser Street, Prescott, AZ 86305.
Total Workshop Fees
Total Workshop Fees: $1,158+ $300=$1,458
Independent Study: $200
If you would like to do an independent study program with Dr. Glicken, the
fee is $200 in addition to the $300 Program Fee and is to be paid to Dr.
Glicken at the above address. Topics might include work with abusive
men and women; applying the strengths perspective to work with Hispanic
clients; counseling and psychotherapy with Hispanic Clients in crisis,
and others. Participants would meet with Dr. Glicken from 2:30 PM-4:00
PM Monday-Thursday individually or in small groups. Readings will be
e-mailed well in advance of the workshop. This program would be
particularly helpful for those participants interested in specialized work in
counseling and psychotherapy with Hispanic clients.
Up to 3 Professional Development credits are available on site from
California State University, San Bernardino at $63 per credit for each
10 hours of instruction. Participants can take from 1-3 EDUC’s. For
more information, contact Dennis Robertson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Indirect Expenses Paid by Participants
Airfare: Estimated cost $300-$600 depending on where you live in the
Miscellaneous Expenses in Mexico (airport transfers, local bus fares,
cabs, meals taken at restaurants, fiestas, washing clothes, additional field
trips, etc.): Estimated expenses $200-$300.
Whom to Contact for Further Information
For information about the professional workshop, please contact Dr. Morley
Glicken at email@example.com or at 520-288-0355.
For information about life in Mexico, housing, immersion Spanish, cost of
services in Mexico, or any questions pertaining to Cemanahuac
Educational Community, contact Ms. Vivian Harvey at:
Many of the questions pertaining to Cemanahuac Educational Community
can be answered by accessing their website at www.cemanahuac.com.
PO Box 40188 | Tucson, AZ 85717
Phone 520.288.0355 | firstname.lastname@example.org