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It Takes a Village: Addressing the MH Needs of Haitian Children, Adolescents and Families

May 02, 2015 9:00 am -
May 02, 2015 4:30 pm

Event Description




 It Takes a Village:


Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Haitian Children, Adolescents and Families


 Saturday, May 2, 2015

9:00 am – 4:30 pm at MSPP

 Keynote Speakers:


Charlene Désir, EdD, Professor, Nova Southeastern University; Co-Founder, T.E.N. Global

Michel DeGraff, PhD, MIT

 Program Directors:


Gemima St. Louis, PhD, Castagna Lacet Cadet, PhD, MSW and Jill Bloom, PhD


The Annual Conference on Haitian Mental Health brings together practitioners, researchers, educators, public health officials, faith-based and spiritual leaders, community advocates, and policymakers whose current work can inform the development of a comprehensive, community-based, and culturally-oriented mental health agenda for Haitians in the Diaspora.


 The primary aim of the Annual Conference is to provide an intellectually stimulating forum where attendees can engage in a meaningful discourse on the mental health needs of the Haitian community; learn from leading scholars in the field; network with other professionals with a strong interest in, passion for, and commitment to promoting the health and well-being of Haitian immigrants; and exchange knowledge, information, and data on culturally-oriented theoretical inquiries, clinical practices, treatment interventions, research, and policy-based initiatives. In addition to offering cutting-edge presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities, the Conference is intended to commemorate Haitian Heritage Month through a series of cultural events and an annual art exhibition that celebrate the rich history, values, and traditions of Haitian culture.


 Learning objectives:

  • Current state of knowledge about the mental health needs of Haitian children, adolescents, and families

  • Impact of trauma on Haitian children, adolescents, and families

  • Child-rearing practices in the Haitian community, and the roles of Haitian mothers, fathers, and grandparents in the family system

  • Psychosocial impact of migration and relocation experiences on the adaptation of Haitian youth, elders, and families in the U.S.

  • Systemic barriers to access to mental health services for Haitian youth, adults, and elders

  • Culturally-oriented interventions that can be successfully implemented in schools, homes, and community-based settings

  • Effective approaches to preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illnesses among Haitian children, adolescents, adults, and elders

Program Code: HMH4

6 CE Credits | $130 includes lunch

($65 for students and members of the general public not requesting CE Credits)

Location: at MSPP, Newton

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Special Events
Early registration ends on Jan 11, 2015.
Regular registration starts on Jan 12, 2015 and ends on Apr 21, 2015.
Late registration starts on Apr 22, 2015.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Addressing the MH Needs of Haitian Children/Adolescents/Families - HMH4
Member Fee: $130.00$130.00$130.00
Non-Member Fee: $130.00$130.00$130.00
 Non-MSPP Students, General Public, Other Professionals (No CE Credits)
Member Fee: $65.00$65.00$65.00
Non-Member Fee: $65.00$65.00$65.00

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