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Faith Communities, Healing, and Mental Health

8:30am - October 9, 2019 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC

Lighthouse Church & School
6402 Schroeder Rd.
Madison , WI 53711
United States

Registration Deadline: October 8, 2019
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Empowering Faith-based Communities to Help Hispanics and Latinos Overcome Adverse Experiences


(Subject to change)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (8:30 AM–4:30 PM)

  • Cultural Elements: An Integral Part of Mental Health for Hispanics and Latinos

Thursday, October 10, 2019 (8:30 AM–4:30 PM)

  • Keynote: Immigration, Trauma and The Church
  • Trauma-Informed Care: Ecosystems of Adversity in the Latino and Hispanic Population
  • Suicide and Bullying Prevention among Hispanic and Latino Youth
  • Storytelling and Resiliency
  • Building Capacity: Panel Discussion

Who Should Attend?

Clergy, lay leaders, members of faith communities, students  social workers, medical professionals, counselors, outreach workers, educators, prevention specialists, criminal justice professionals, community leaders, volunteers, and anyone interested in health equity and inclusion in behavioral health for Latinos and Hispanics.

Cost: Free! 
Morning snacks and lunch will be provided. Attendees are responsible for their lodging.

The Great Lakes MHTTC and the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC are hosting this two-day event with Madison partners Lighthouse Church & School, Centro Hispano of Dane County, Collaboration Project, and Bread of Life Anglican Church.


Yovanska Duarte-Velez

YovanksaDr. Duarte-Velez Received her Ph.D. (2007) from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. Her work has focused on the assessment and treatment of Latinx youth with suicidal behaviors in the context of their family and society. Dr. Duarte-Velez started her career as a researcher with an individual predoctoral fellowship from NIMH to study suicide risk in Puerto Rican adolescents. After obtaining her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, she was awarded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with a Young Investigator Grant to work on treatment development for Latinx teens with suicidal behavior in Puerto Rico (PR). She developed a novel CBT treatment protocol that addresses culture and developmental stage as central components in the treatment of adolescents with suicidal behavior living in Puerto Rico, the Socio-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidal Behaviors (SCBT-SB). As part of an NIMH career development grant, she transported this protocol from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island to test the applicability of the SCBTSB protocol to Latinx youth living in the US.

Albert Thompson

Albert ThompsonOur keynote takes an in-depth look at the history of racism and trauma in the Church from its origins in the fifteenth century to the modern era, with an emphasis on the Latino experience. He joined the Anglican Church in North America in 2011. In 2016, he was elected to the Vestry of Christ the King Church (Alexandria,VA) and to the Standing Committee of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. Albert Thompson is a war, conflict and peace historian and an instructor of history at Northern Virginia Community College. He holds a Masters in Military History from Norwich University where his research focused on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in history at Howard University where he focuses on post-Second World War American identity. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.




Dr. Isa Velez-Echevarria

Isa Velez-Echevarria is a clinical psychologist and a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals since 2018. She obtained her BA from the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, PR. and completed a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Ponce Health Sciences University in Ponce, PR. During her pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Institute, Inc. and Leadership Center in Los Angeles, CA, she obtained a certification as Interpersonal Psychotherapy Clinician and was trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Therapy. Dr. Velez completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Community Services Institute in Boston, MA., where she provided home-based and school-based psychotherapy for diverse communities focusing on Hispanic and Latino patients, conducted psychological assessments, developed workshops and was trained in Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services and Neurofeedback. Her interests include minority mental health and culturally responsive trauma-informed mental health services in children and families. She is currently working as a Training and Content Specialist for the Mental Health and School-Based Mental Health Initiative at the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, at the Universidad Central del Caribe, in Bayamon, PR.


Alfredo Cerrato

AlfredoAlfredo Cerrato is the Senior Cultural and Workforce Development Officer for the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers, managed by the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the UW-Madison. He is also a nationally certified trainer on Culture: An Integral Part of Mental Health Services for Hispanic and Latino Populations. Mr. Cerrato has 25 years of international relations experience and specializes in cross-cultural communications, conflict resolution, and process improvement. He has conducted advocacy, policy, and disaster relief work in Northern Ireland, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Japan, Sri Lanka, and other locations across the globe. His New focus here at home has been working with Hmong, Hispanic and Latino, and Native American communities through Intensive Technical Assistance and the NIATx Change Leader Academy.