Counseling with Latino Families: Building Multicultural Awareness: Challenges to Understanding the Dynamic along the Mexico/U.S.– Tijuana/San Diego Border

The objective of this presentation is to understand Latino culture in greater depth within a mental health perspective specifically in this border area between Mexico/U.S.A/San Diego/Tijuana, and the ways in which these two interdependent societies function together. We will examine one of the most important myths of the Tijuanan culture in regards to the concept of migration by reviewing the history of an important historic/mythical character by the name of Juan Soldado. Clinical material focusing on patients impacted within this binational context will be presented.


Friday, January 31, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
7:00 PM - Registration/Wine & Cheese



4455 Morena Boulevard, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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Free for SDPC Members
$25 for Non-members
$15 for Students

Educational Objective(s)

  • Outline a set of specific multicultural factors that affect mental-health treatment of Latinos on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Anticipate and work with the psychodynamic challenges posed by the Latino/Hispanic population on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Explore the Tijuana historical myth of ”Juan Soldado” to show how to work psychodynamically with the theme of migration in the Latino/Hispanic population on the U.S. - Mexico border.

Presenter Information

Jose Cherbowsky, Ph.D. / M.F.T. received his doctorate from the Universidad Iberamericana in Mexico City in 2001. He currently is Director, Juntos-Bi-National Counseling Center, and in private practice with offices in San Diego and Tijuana, providing individual, family, and group therapy in English/Spanish.

Mariela Shibley received her doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and is a graduate of the academic track of the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program. A native of Argentina, she specializes in issues around acculturation, immigration, and trauma. Dr. Shibley is adjunct faculty at the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University and at Argosy University in San Diego. She is on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Psychological Association, and is an active member of the California Psychological Association, where she serves on the Immigration Task Force. Dr. Shibley has a private practice in San Diego.