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DSM-5 and Cultural Formulation: From Theory to Practice in Working with Latino Immigrants

Apr 10, 2015 9:00 am -
Apr 10, 2015 4:30 pm

Event Description

DSM-5 and Cultural Formulation:

From Theory to Practice in Working with Latino Immigrants

Friday, April 10, 2015 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at MSPP

Sponsors: Lucero Latino Mental Health Program and the Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Conference Coordinator:

Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD, Director, Latino Mental Health Program

Keynote Presenters:

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center and Director, New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Hispanic Treatment Program

Michelle Contreras, PsyD, Director, MA in Counseling Psychology in Global Mental Health, MSPP

Nilda M. Laboy, PsyD, Chair, Counseling Psychology Department, MSPP

This conference will provide a unique forum to discuss pressing socio-political and mental health issues related to immigrant Latino populations and their implications for services. Dr. Lewis-Fernandez will focus on the impact of culture in changes to DSM-5 and how to incorporate cultural information into diagnostic practice through the use of the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI). Presenters will address the political and social circumstances of recent migrations from Central and South America. We will outline the intersecting concerns and vulnerabilities of these immigrants within a life course theory frame. The view of the US as a promised land for the Central American refugees will be contrasted with the main­stream media view of the refugees as diseased and burdensome. The reality of minors arriving to reunite with family members will be explored. Implications for treatment of both unaccompanied refugee minors and domestic sex trafficked minors will be discussed.

Program Code: LMH15

6 CE Credits

Fee: $135

Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with psychodynamic background and specialty training and experience in Behavioral Medicine. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic to Spaniard immigrants, she moved to the United States in 1986. Dr. Bennasar has an equivalent to a MA degree (Licenciatura) from D.R. and was granted a PsyD degree by Nova Southeastern University in 1993. Dr. Bennasar interests include a variety of populations and settings such as working with children and adults with issues of complex trauma, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse; psychological testing; disaster mental health; and student training, supervision and mentoring. Dr. Bennasar is actively involved with the American Psychological Association (member of Division 45/ diversity issues and Division 35/ women's issues), the National Latino Psychological Association and is a working member of CRSPPP (Committee for the Review of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional psychology). Dr. Bennasar was the Associate Director of the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston University Medical School for 14 years, and has been in private practice in Southborough, MA for 20 years. Dr. Bennasar is the MSPP Associate Director of Field of Education for the PsyD program and is the Director of the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program.

Michelle Contreras, PsyD, is a core faculty member in the MA Counseling Psychology Department and Director of the MA in Counseling Psychology in Global Mental Health. Dr. Contreras earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from MSPP, she also holds a Psychology Licentiate Degree from Universidad Rafael Landívar conferred in Guatemala. She has authored several publications on trafficking and speaks and consults on the psychological consequences of human trafficking. Dr. Contreras was a member of the APA’s Presidential Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls. Her scholarship on feminist concerns has been widely recognized. Most recently, the APA’s Committee on Women in Psychology gave Dr. Contreras the Emerging Leader for Women in Psychology Award.

Nilda M. Laboy, PsyD, is the Chair of the Counseling Psychology Department at MSPP. She obtained a PsyD in clinical psychology at the Carlos Albizu University (San Juan, PR). She completed advanced training in forensic psychology at the University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. She is licensed as a psychologist in MA, and as a clinical psychologist in Virginia; certified as a health services provider in MA and in the National Register, and certified as a sex offender treatment provider in Virginia. In addition, she is a trained mediator. Dr. Laboy's volunteer work has included being an evaluator for Physicians for Human Rights. She is also an intermittent federal employee with the National Disaster Medical Services, Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) MA-1 from Boston, where she is one of a handful of mental health professionals on the team. She participated in the screening of unaccompanied refugee minors in the summer of 2014 in Oklahoma.

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, and the Hispanic Treatment Program, at New York State Psychiatric Institute, received his M.D. from Yale, a Masters of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School, and training in medical anthropology at Harvard.  His research is focused on developing culturally valid interventions and instruments to enhance patient engagement, reduce misdiagnosis, and help overcome disparities in the care of underserved cultural groups, especially Latinos.  He is Chair of the Cultural Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, and Immediate Past President of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry.  He was until recently a member of the NIMH National Advisory Mental Health Council and Chair of the Cross-Cultural Issues Subgroup of DSM-5.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Special Events
Early registration ends on Jan 13, 2015.
Regular registration starts on Jan 14, 2015 and ends on Mar 30, 2015.
Late registration starts on Mar 31, 2015.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 DSM-5 and Cultural Formulation - LMH15
Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00
Non-Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00

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