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Across Waters (Lòt Bò Dlo):
Haitian Identity, Migration, and Psychosocial Adaptation
The 3rd Annual Conference on Haitian Mental Health was held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Newton, MA. The focus of this year's conference was on Haitian Identity, Migration, and Psychosocial Adaptation. The conference brought together more than 100 practitioners, researchers, educators, community leaders, students, and policymakers to engage in a discourse on Haitian identity, migration experiences, and adaptation in the Diaspora. The primary aim of the conference was to provide an intellectually stimulating forum for conference presenters and attendees to engage in theoretical, research, and practice-based inquiries on the identity and cultural heritage of Haitians and Haitian Americans, and the impact on their psychosocial adaptation as immigrants living in a foreign country. Keynote speakers included Dr. Charlene Desir (Nova Southeastern University) and Dr. Flore Zephir (University of Missouri-Columbia).