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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Across Waters (Lòt Bò Dlo):
Haitian Identity, Migration, and Psychosocial Adaptation
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
1 Wells Avenue
Deadline for Abstracts Submission:
Friday, January 31, 2014
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HMH Network Members Presented at Boston College's
On October 19, 2013, Gemima St. Louis, Castagna Lacet, Marie Andrée Pierre-Victor, and Vanessa Prosper presented at the 13th Annual Diversity Challenge Conference of the Institute for the Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. The topic was “Haitian Immigrants in the U.S.: How Cultural Belief Systems, Values and Practices Influence Help-Seeking Behaviors.”
The panelists provided an overview of the migration history of Haitians to the U.S. and addressed key factors that may affect help-seeking behaviors among Haitian immigrants.
The presenters described two local organizations that provide culturally-oriented mental health services to Haitian children, adults and families—namely, Codman Square Health Center, a community-based behavioral health center; and the Haitian Mental Health Network, which currently offers school-based counseling to Haitian youth, in particular those who migrated to the state in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The presentation concluded with practical guidelines and recommendations that educators and mental health providers can utilize to effectively recruit, engage, and retain Haitian individuals and families in care.
Internship/Practicum Opportunities in Boston Public Schools
The HMH Network is seeking two graduate students in the fields of Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, and/or Social Work to complete their practicum/internship training in the Boston Public Schools during the 2014‐2015 academic year. Applicants must have a strong background and interest in working with children and adolescents. Preference will be given to advanced standing graduate students (e.g., 2nd year and beyond) and those who are bilingual in Haitian Creole and English. To apply, please email a cover letter, a résumé, and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Gemima St. Louis, President, Haitian Mental Health Network, at HMHnetwork@gmail.com. Application materials must be submitted by January 31, 2014.