The Resident Assistant Professor, Psychology Coordinator and Clinical Practice Director at St. Augustine College, will present at the 2018 13th World Conference for Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling that takes place at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna, Austria, between July 8 and 12, 2018. Dr. Arellano’s proposal/Abstract is entitled “Hardiness in Latin American Immigrant Nontraditional College Students”, and will be presented at this world conference that the topic this year is: “Facilitating HOPE Personal & Societal Challenges”.


“Hardiness is seen as a function of the existential courage that facilitates the ongoing search for meaning in life. In order to contribute to research measuring hardiness, the three attitudes of commitment, control, and challenge were explored in a sample of immigrant and first generation Latin American nontraditional college students who may or may not have had exposure to or are survivors of domestic violence.

Participants attended an inter-city sanctuary college in Chicago. Relationships between variables were analyzed using multiple linear regression. A total of 241 students participated in this study, 193 female (80%), 47 male (19%). There was a mean age of 32.03 years (SD = 11.06). The present results suggested that given their level of acculturation and level of conflict in partner relationships along with hardiness, this sample of nontraditional college students experienced higher levels of commitment and lower levels of trauma as compared to those who may not have access to higher education.

This study was conducted to better understand the relationship between hardiness, acculturation, domestic violence, and immigration status in nontraditional Latin American college students. Based on the college’s mission, results were interpreted and reported utilizing a culture, student-centered approach. Limitations of this study include the possibility that contextual factors unrelated to commitment, control, and challenge may contribute to hardiness and existential courage as meaning in life.”

Her biography

Carmen Arellano has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago and a master’s degree in Community Counseling from the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. In addition, she has a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Spirituality from Catholic Theological Union.

Dr. Arellano is Resident Faculty, Coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Program and the Director of Clinical Practice in Psychology at St. Augustine College in Chicago. Dr. Arellano did her clinical research on The Role of Conflict in Domestic Violence and the Relationship of Trauma, Acculturation, and Hardiness in Latin American Nontraditional College Students.

Dr. Arellano has worked providing counseling and psychotherapy to women and children survivors of domestic violence living in shelters. Additionally, she has extensive experience providing psychological evaluations, individual, and family psychotherapy with children and adolescents who present with behavioral problems, suicide ideation, self-harm behaviors, and trauma.

Other expertise include; couples and group therapy, crisis intervention, psychoeducation workshops as well as retreats with a focus on mental health and spirituality. Her passion includes assisting individuals from underserved and underrepresented populations to fulfill their dreams by working and assisting them in acknowledging their strengths and areas for improvement as means of improving their future and through learning and education.