The Si, Yo Puedo (SYP) program manual is a step-by-step, culturally specific, 11-week curriculum for Spanish-English graduate level licensed mental health professionals (e.g., clinical social workers, professional counselors, family and marriage therapists, psychologists). Si, Yo Puedo is Yes,
I Can in English. The empowerment program the text outlines is designed to provide education, promote self-esteem, prevent domestic violence, and help readers understand healthy relationships within a cultural framework. Participants meet weekly for two hours and examine topics addressing issues
related to immigrant Latina women's sense of self, characteristics of healthy relationships and dating, keys to understanding the dynamics of domestic violence, and ways to access resources. The program manual includes structured sessions with goals and objectives, in-class self-reflection drawing
and writing exercises, and handouts for the weekly topics. Upon completion of the SYP program, immigrant Latinas and Latinas in general will be empowered to examine current relationships and their self-esteem, and to potentially make changes in their lives.
Catherine Luz Marrs Fuchsel, PhD, LICSW, LCSW, MSW, is a faculty member in the School of Social Work, a joint School with St. Catherine University and the University St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She teaches in the graduate program and is a bilingual Spanish-English Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Originally from Lima, Peru, she has over 18 years direct practice experience working with Latino families across the country. Dr. Marrs Fuchsel's research focuses on the prevention and intervention of domestic violence among immigrant Latinas.