Latino Behavioral Health Conference 2012
Changing the Paradigm from Stigma to Wellness
Workshops and Schedule
8 - 9am Registration
9 - 9:15am Conference Welcome: Michelle Sadler
9:15 - 10:15am Keynote:
Henry Acosta, Chair, Alliance for Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Development
10:15 - 10:30am BREAK
10:30 - 12pm AM Workshops
· Session 1 - Are Mental Health Problems Really Medical Conditions? The Neuroanatomical Basis of Brain Disorders Presenter: Dr. Daniel Martinez, M.D.
1. Participants will learn about the biopsychosocial medical model.
2. Participants will learn about the areas of the brain affecting emotions.
3. Participants will learn about the psychiatric disorders with a clear medical basis.
· Session 2 - Cultural Elements in Treating Hispanic Latino Populations with Substance Abuse
Presenter: Marco E. Jacome, M.A.
1. Become aware of the importance of cultural differences that can influence the treatment for Hispanic/Latino substance abusers.
2. Become aware of the importance of social institutions in the treatment of substance abuse in the Hispanic/Latino community.
3. Become aware of the importance of acculturation and transculturation in the treatment of Hispanic/Latino substance abuser.
· Session 3 - Continuing a Tradition of Liberation: The Use of a Strengths Perspective and Feminist Theology with Mexican Immigrant Women in a mental health setting
Presenter: Arturo Carrillo, L.C.S.W.
1. Participants will understand the role of religion in offering culturally-responsive services.
2. Participants will learn elements of the Strengths Perspective in working with a Mexican immigrant woman.
3. Participants will learn elements of Latin American Feminist Theology and how that may be integrated into practice.
· Session 4 - College Transition for Hispanic families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presenters: Irma Hernandez, L.C.S.W. & Pamela Bondy, M.S.
1. Participants will be able to identify specific challenges facing Latino youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as they age out of the publicly funded school system.
2. Participants will learn about barriers and outcomes for Latino youth with ASD who enroll in college.
3. Participants will learn about specialized services designed to address the needs of Latino youth and their families in the college transition process.
· Session 5 - Informing a Culturally-Tailored Depression Intervention for Latino Youth through Community-Based Participatory Research
Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Ford-Paz, Ph.D.
1. To illustrate how a community- based participatory research approach serves to reduce mental health disparities.
2. To explain timeline and lessons learned from CBPR project that integrated community input to depression intervention design and piloting.
3. Present preliminary results from pilot of culturally tailored intervention for depression targeting Latino youth.
12 - 1pm LUNCH
1 - 2:30 pm PM Workshops
· Session 1 - Providing Opioid Maintenance Treatment within a Holistic Framework
Presenters: Dr. Arturo Valdez, M.D. & Shoma Vyas, M.A.
1. Develop awareness about addictions as a disease of the brain.
2. Learn about incidents/ prevalence of opiate addiction in the Latino community.
3. Learn about the barriers to entering treatment and alleviate the social stigma of methadone treatment.
· Session 2 - Public Policy and practice issues in Mental Health with Latinos: Overview of state and national efforts and strategies for creating change
Presenter: Henry Acosta, M.A., M.S.W., L.S.W.
1. To educate participates about the array of disparities found in the area of mental health service delivery to Latinos.
2. To educate participants about state and national efforts aimed at addressing the nationwide lack of availability of, access to and the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services for individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups, with a specific focus on Latinos.
3. To assist participants in thinking about creative ways to improve mental health service delivery to Latinos.
· Session 3 - Intersections among Race, Masculinity, and Violence in America
Presenters: Dr. Hector Torres, Psy.D., William Seymour, Ph.D., and Ramel Smith, Ph.D
1. The presenter will describe how a young man’s behavior is influenced by societal norms and explore strategies to counteract and positively influence change in behavior.
2. Participants will gain a better understanding of the negative pressure boys and young men feel, and will learn about ways to encounter this.
· Session 4 - From intergenerational trauma to wellness: Community-based systems interventions to empower Latino families
Presenters: Katherine Ely, M.A., L.P.C., Daniel Lopez, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. & Paulina Chririnos, M.A., L.P.C.
1. Increase awareness of cultural factors impacting mental health treatment for Latino families
2. Explore various treatment interventions to address trauma and initiate healthy termination
3. Discuss effectiveness of community support services and flexibility in service provision
· Session 5 - Emotional Impact of Alzheimer's Diagnosis on Latino Caregivers
Presenter: Constantina Mizis
1. Understand the stigma and fears associated with Alzheimer’s in the Latino Community.
2. The importance of promoting the early detection for a better quality of life.
3. Care giving Activities and Burden of Care.
4. The importance of training bilingual/bicultural healthcare professionals to conduct memory screenings in Spanish.
2:30 – 2:45pm BREAK
2:45pm – 4pm Keynote Panel:
“Latinos and mental Health Reform in Illinois” with distinguished panelist:
Wanda Figueroa-Peralta, EDD, LPCPC
Senator William Delgado
Julie Hamos, HFS Director (Invited)
Gustavo Espinosa, Illinois Department of Mental Health
Armando Reyes, Will County Mental Health Center
Marvin Lindsey, CBHA (Community Behavioral Health Association)
4 - 5:30pm Networking Reception
When & Where
Latino/a Mental Health Providers Network
The Latino/a Mental Health Provider Network’s goal is to increase the number of culturally competent mental health professionals, resulting in the development of more readily accessible mental health services for the Latino community.
The LMHPN strategically recruits community agencies providing mental health services to a wide variety of Latino populations, and offers comprehensive capacity-building trainings to increase their cultural competence. Having its roots in the Center for Latino/a Mental Health at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, the network also promotes sharing resources and information about key services among member agencies. It also supports the agencies through the placement of bilingual/bicultural graduate psychology student interns and volunteers, many of whom implement valuable community projects.
Latino/a Behavioral Health Conference
This annual event began twenty-four years ago in 1991 with the purpose of promoting education, awareness, and prevention of mental health issues that affect the Latino/a population. We strive to continue to increase cultural competence, capacity for effective service delivery, and awareness of services barriers to conference participants.