Cultural Considerations for Addressing Mental Health Issues and Racial Discrimination in Hispanic/Latinx Children & Youth
Latinx youths are at significant risk for mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts. Latinx youths are also less likely to access culturally responsive mental health services and continue to be undiagnosed or untreated. This can lead to negative outcomes such as negative interactions at school and with authorities, increased disconnection from family and society, and exposure to the criminal justice system. The presenter will also discuss factors that affect Hispanic and Latino youth mental health and academic performance, the use of culturally centered interventions in school mental health, and how to engage effectively Hispanic and Latino youth and families in school mental health treatment.
- Identify trends in mental health disorders, including suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
- Discuss culture-specific risk and protective factors associated with mental health.
- Discuss cultural elements that inform mental health assessment and treatment for Hispanic/Latino youth.
Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training.
Diane Arms, MA
Diane Arms currently serves as Trainer for the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. She has dedicated her career to serving the Latino population in the health field, including mental health and substance use. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Diane has served as Director of Health Integration at Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, Director of Prevention and Counseling at the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, and with the Harris County Health Care Alliance as Program Manager facilitating leadership meetings amongst local FQHCs to identify, address, and resolve systemic issues proactively. Ms. Arms has also served as an Operations Administrator for the children's division unit at Emergence Health Network, El Paso's Local Mental Health Authority. She has successfully implemented programs such as Multisystemic Therapy in a Mental Health Setting and Transition Age Youth, assisting transitioning clients from children's services to adult services in the mental health system. In addition, she spearheaded the transition of the agency's clinical and behavioral health services to telehealth services to accommodate social distancing and stay-at-home orders due to COVID 19.
Previously funded projects consisted of identifying relationships between stress, depression, and anxiety to substance use and parenting styles in young adult Latinos, investigating the effects of chronic illnesses on children's health-related quality of life in the Colonias, an underserved and impoverished neighborhood along the Texas-Mexico border, and exploring effective decision-making aids on colorectal cancer for the aging Latino population. She sits on the Houston BARC Foundation's board, the City of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility. She is also a fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Class 44.
The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.