The Spanish Speaking Psychosocial Clinic (SSPC) provides training in the provision of socio-culturally competent, comprehensive mental health services to the rapidly growing and underserved Latino community. Patients span the full range of psychiatric diagnostic categories and are provided treatment in a variety of modalities, including individual, conjoint and family psychotherapy, as well as pharmacotherapy.
Though the SSPC patient population comprises all levels of acculturation, most are primarily Spanish speaking or bilingual. Referrals come from within the UCLA Medical Center, as well as from clinics and community based agencies in the greater Los Angeles region.
The outpatient clinic is staffed by culturally competent, bilingual mental health professionals within the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology and social work who have extensive knowledge of Latino cultural issues related to immigration, acculturation, ethnicity, class, socioeconomic status, language, cultural practices, traditions and beliefs that impact the psychological functioning of Latino individuals and families.
From the time of its inception in 1977, the clinic has supported research projects devoted to expansion of knowledge related to the mental health care of the Latino population, including psychiatric epidemiologic and treatment effectiveness studies. Currently the clinic is collaborating with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center on clinical and educational research related to the Latino community.