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Valdez receives Baldwin mini-grant to expand Fortalezas Familiares to Verona school

February 11, 2016

UW-Madison’s Carmen Valdez was recently awarded a mini-grant through the university’s Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.

This competitive grant program, open to UW-Madison faculty, staff and students, is designed to foster public engagement and advance the Wisconsin Idea.

Carmen Valdez
Carmen Valdez is an associate professor with the
School of Education's Department of Counseling
Valdez’s research team will use the funding to partner with Glacier Edge Elementary School in Verona with the goal of implementing Fortalezas Familiares (Family Strengths) beginning in the fall of 2016. Fortalezas Familiares is an intervention for Latina women with depression and their families.

“One of the reasons I am excited about this project is that the idea was brought to me by a community partner -- a counselor at the school who saw a need for the family intervention among her Latino students and their families,” says Valdez, a licensed professional psychologist and an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. “Thus, the collaboration was driven by salient community needs and promises to reach vulnerable parents who are not already in treatment for depression.”

Valdez will be building on the knowledge and expertise of the Fortalezas Familiares intervention by transferring this program from a community to a school setting for the first time. By doing so, Valdez says the intervention is expected to reach more families and those who do not typically utilize outpatient mental health services. Until now, the Fortalezas Familiars program has been a Madison-based intervention.

To learn more about Fortalezas Familiares, visit this Counseling Psychology web page.