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Haiti Service Learning & Summer Immersion Program
The Haiti Service Learning and Summer Immersion Program is a graduate-level course offered through the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), in partnership with the Haitian Mental Health Network. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with increased knowledge, skills, and experience in working with Haitian and Haitian-American individuals and families; and in becoming more skilled as practitioners to serve Haitian communities in the U.S. and Haiti. Students take part in didactic activities to learn about the history of Haiti, cultural belief systems and practices, and their impact on help-seeking behaviors among Haitian immigrants. Additionally, students travel for a week-long service learning and summer immersion experience in Haiti where they gain a deeper appreciation of the language, customs, and cultural practices of Haitian society. While in Haiti, students engage in service learning activities and multidisciplinary collaborations with schools, grassroots organizations, and health care and social services agencies. They also participate in cultural excursions, and visit historical sites and other points of interest in the host community.
In July 2014, a group of 10 students and four psychologists traveled to the Arcahaie region of Haiti where they volunteered and worked with youth at Hope on a String and Lycee Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable. The group also conducted training on the impact of trauma on child and adolescent development at Child Flower Haiti and Centre de Formation Technique et Professionnelle.
3rd Annual Conference on Haitian Mental Health
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).
Download a copy of the Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference on Haitian Mental Health.