The Haitian Mental Health Network and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) will be hosting an event, "Trauma and Mental Illness in the Haitian Community: Cultural Considerations for Developing a Broad Clinical and Research Agenda." The day long event will take place Saturday, May 5, 2012, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the MSPP in West Roxbury, MA. The event will feature Keynote speakers Dr. Guerda Nicolas, Associate Professor, University of Miami, and Dr. Ronald Jean-Jacques, President, Haitian Psychological Association. Panel and workshop presentations will include: The impact of historical traumas on the adaptation of Haitian immigrants in the US; the role of cultural belief systems in understanding health-seeking behaviors of Haitian individuals; culturally-bound syndromes and somatic manifestations of mental illness in the Haitian community; the use of art therapy with Haitian children earthquake survivors; and clinical interventions to address Haitian clients' mental health needs.
There will also be a pre-conference Art Exhibition, entitled "When Our Brushes Shook": The Healing Power of Art.