The Haitian Mental Health (HMH) Network offers a wide range of in-service training and professional development workshops for providers, school personnel, and organizations on the social, emotional and mental health needs of Haitian immigrants and Haitian Americans. Training sessions may include the following topics:
1. Understanding the migration history of Haitians to the U.S. and Massachusetts, and the acculturation process among Haitian immigrants in the U.S.
2. Working with Haitian and Haitian-American children, youth, and adults in health care agencies, schools, and community-based settings. Case examples are used to actively engage participants in group discussions.
3. Overview of the impact of historical and social forces on the Haitian psyche and social-emotional well-being.
4. Cultural views of mental illness, stigma, and the impact of trauma on Haitian immigrants.
5. The roles of cultural belief systems (e.g., disease understanding and management) and their impact on help-seeking behaviors and practices among Haitians.
6. Recommendations for providing culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate services to Haitian children, youth and families.
Prior to conducting a training, we consult with the host organization to determine the specific needs of its staff and the topics that should be prioritized. To inquire about the cost of our in-serving training workshops or to learn more about our professional development program, please contact the HMH Network at HMHnetwork@gmail.com.