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S21-202 Machismo: Exploring Fact, Fiction, Culture, Mental Health, and Treatment Modalities

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



This workshop will discuss and explore the concept of “machismo” from a clinical and systems perspective. An emphasis will be placed on the word origin, cultural elements, mental health, and various treatment modalities. The workshop will provide participants with a general understanding of “machismo” and how to utilize it in a clinical setting to achieve optimal results. A comparison between Western and Eastern cultures will be discussed. This course will explore what is fact and what is fiction.


Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C Related seminars and products: 6

Ms. Cruz is a bilingual (Spanish/English) clinical and forensic social worker who has worked with children, adolescents and families for over eighteen years. Ms. Cruz was employed for ten years, as a forensic social worker at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County. In addition from 2000-2014 she worked as an emergency room and psychiatric social worker. She has extensive experience in inpatient psych and partial hospitalization psych programs. Ms. Cruz specializes in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addiction, trauma and working with diverse ethnic groups. 

Ms. Cruz is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in psychology and received her Masters of Social Work, specializing in mental health and addiction from the University Of Maryland School Of School Work. In 2014 she completed an advanced two year post graduate Forensic Social Work Certification through the University of Maryland Continuing Education Department. In 2008 she co-created the Forensic Social Work Committee for NASW and in 2010 became the sole chair, a position she maintained until 2016 when she resigned due to other professional obligations but she continues to advocate for legislative changes. Under her leadership the committee successful hosted two national forensic social work conferences and successfully advocated for various legislative bills and reform. She maintains various professional memberships and affiliations. 

Ms. Cruz is an Adjunct Professor:

  • In 2016, Ms. Cruz joined the University of Maryland (Shady Grove) School of Social Work teaching Advanced Trauma.
  • In 2015, Ms. Cruz joined the Catholic University of America School of Social Work teaching Advanced Ethics.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


01:15 Registration

01:15 - 03:20





Learning Objectives

Power-point presentation (Overview Machismo)

Visual Presentation & Case Example

03:20 - 03:30     Break

03:30 - 04:30




Lecture (Continued):

Power-point Presentation (Clinical Challenges & Treatment)

Presentation Summary

Questions & Answers

04:30 Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Demonstrate and increase their knowledge of gender roles with the Hispanic community exploring machismo and marianismo understanding what is fact and what is fiction.

Describe the concept of masculinity and men’s mental health from a clinical and systems perspective.

Summarize key differences in Western and Eastern culture and how these differences can be used in a clinical setting.  

Participants will be able to examine essential clinical skills and best treatment modalities for individuals with acute “machismo”.  

Bibliography & References


• Apesoa-Varano, Ester. “If you were like me, you would consider it too”: Suicide, Older Men, and Masculinity. American Sociology Association. Society and Mental Health, Vol. 8(2) 157-173

• McKenzie, Sarah. (2018) Masculinity, Social Connectedness, and Mental Health: Men’s Diverse Patterns of Practice. American Journal of Men’s Health. Vol 12 (5) 1247-1261

• King, Tania. (2020) Expressions of masculinity and associations with suicidal ideation among young males. BMC Psychiatry, 20:228

• Heath, Patrick. (2017) Masculinity and Barriers to Seeking Counseling: The Buffering Role of Self-Compassion. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 64. No. 1, 94-103

• Ross, Alexa et al. (2020) The Impact of Masculinity on Mental Health. International Journal of Science and Research Methodology. Vol.: 14, Issue 3. 

• Fragoso, Jose. (2000) Machismo, Gender Role Conflict, and Mental Health in Mexican American Men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, Vol 1. No 2. 87-97

• Nunez, Alicia et al. (2016) Machismo, Marianismo, and Negative Cognitive- Emotional Factors: Findings From the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations. 58.

• Valenciano, Marilyn. (2014) A Grounded Theory Approach to Exploring the Impact of Machismo on Second-Generation Latina Women’s Identity Formation.

• Book: Theories for Direct Social Work Practice, Joseph Walsh

• Book: Principles of Trauma Therapy: A guide to symptoms, evaluations and treatment, Briere & Scott

• Book: Trauma, A contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice and Research, Ringel & Brandell



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  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


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Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65.00 and includes CE credit. Registering after February 24, 2021 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3.0} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive {3.0} continuing education credits.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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