We asked several outstanding Hispanic social workers to tell us why they chose social work as their profession and what they see as challenges to serving the Hispanic community today.
Lourdes Anduiza, MSW
Q. What is your area of expertise?
My area of expertise is child development, education, and psychotherapy, family therapy, individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Q. Why did you choose social work as your profession?
I was drawn to the field of social work because of the flexibility of the degree. I enjoy helping clients directly through psychotherapy as well as on a larger scale as an administrator helping my staff.
Q. What are the biggest challenges to helping our growing Hispanic population?
The biggest challenge I find Hispanics face is their navigation through the special education system. Many families are either intimidated, lack the language skills, support, or time (due to long or sporadic work hours) to successfully help their children find the right services for their particular needs.
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