Ánimo Latinx Emphasis

Dr. Olga Mejia and her Animo Students at the 2019 CSUF Graduation
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Ánimo Latinx Counseling Emphasis

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The Ánimo: Latinx Counseling Emphasis is part of the California State University, Fullerton Department of Counseling Master of Science emphasis. The program addresses the critical shortage of culturally sensitive and bilingual professional counselors who can provide therapeutic care to Latinx and Spanish- speaking adults and children.        

There are not enough bilingual and bicultural mental health clinicians to meet Latinx community needs. 

  • Latinx are the largest ethnic group in California, but the state has one of the largest gaps in Spanish-speaking mental health providers.
  • Two-thirds of all primary care providers in the U.S. say they have trouble finding mental health specialists to refer their patients to.
  • Fewer than 10 master’s programs in the country provide bilingual/bicultural counselor training. 

The Ánimo Emphasis ensures that the Latinx population in California will receive culturally sensitive mental health care from skilled providers via a renowned master’s level curriculum designed for those seeking licensure in California as marriage and family therapists and professional clinical counselors. With your support, the emphasis aims to:

  • Increase enrollment from 18 to 36 students per year 
  • Create a revenue stream through the development of professional certificate programs for licensed counselors 
  • Develop a clinic to create better access for Latinx students and nearby underserved communities where students provide counseling services while under the supervision of renowned faculty 
  • Offer scholarships and graduate/research assistantships to Ánimo students 
  • Support doctoral students who will come back to California to teach through national partnerships
  • Develop a doctoral program in counselor education in partnership with California State University 


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