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Counseling for abused children

You have been asked to provide a presentation on physical abuse of children within the family unit to school counselors who work in a large local school district that has a high percentage of Hispanic students. Teachers in the district are becoming increasingly concerned about incidents children are reporting that deal with discipline within households. For instance, eight year old twin boys reported their mother, who is a legal immigrant from Mexico, applied hot pepper sauce to their tongues for lying to her.

Although the school district's student population is 85% Hispanic, just 25% of the teachers are Hispanic. The remaining percentage of teachers are Caucasian and African-American. Lately tension has begun to occur among the Hispanic and non-Hispanic teachers regarding these incidents. The Hispanic teachers feel the non-Hispanic teachers do not understand cultural considerations related to how Hispanic families discipline their children.

I need assistance with creating an outline of a presentation for the school counselors within this school district, considering the following questions:

With whom might you consult prior to your presentation?
What would you hope to learn?
What cultural factors need to be taken into consideration when working with Hispanic families?
What recommendations would you make to the school counselors in this school district about how to work with both teachers and families?

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With whom might you consult prior to your presentation?

The teachers who have indicated the issues of child abuse in the target population. Survey their responses, which help probe the nature and severity of the various abusive ways in which their students experience and are subjected to, unfortunately, by their care givers.

What would you hope to learn?

Know exactly or most accurately the methods of abuse, the underlying factors related to causes of abuse, any mental health issues or depression and alcohol abuse related reasons, due to which, parents abuse their children and the personalities of children themselves, and their age group, to ascertain how much the children are affected and what powers or lack of powers, makes them all the more susceptible to the abuse or neglect. For instance, being beaten up for a toddler or a kindergartener is quite different and severer an instance than ...