HEART (Healing Ethno And Racial Trauma) Training for Behavioral Health Providers Serving Latinx Communities

9:00am - February 8, 2024 thru 1:30pm - March 1, 2024 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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The Collective for Antiracist Child and Family Systems (The Collective) and the Great Lakes MHTTC are collaborating to conduct a HEART (Healing Ethno And Racial Trauma) training for behavioral health professionals serving Hispanic and Latinx communities in HHS Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin).

Developed by Hector Y. Adames, PsyD and Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, PhD, the HEART framework uses culturally-based healing modalities (i.e.; liberation psychology, trauma-informed care, and intersectionality theory) to promote self-determination, increase resilience, and strengthen healthy coping skills for People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) individuals experiencing ethno-racial-trauma caused by systemic oppression.

This HEART training will teach clinicians how to use the HEART framework to address the impact of systemic oppression experienced by Hispanic and Latinx clients and promote healing by strengthening connections to ethno-cultural roots. Participants will work towards a unique goal in each phase of the training that will assist them with the implementation of the HEART framework in clinical practice when working with Hispanic and Latinx individuals, families, and communities. Additionally, each phase of this training includes information addressing trauma related to immigration and/or refugee status and stigma, as well as different ways to help Hispanic and Latinx clients strengthen resistance to and protection from the external forces that cause ethno-racial trauma.



  • You must apply by January 26, 2024 to be considered for enrollment in this training. 
  • Applicants must work in HHS Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) to be considered. 
  • Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for those who qualify.
  • Approved applicants will be notified by February 1, 2024. 
  • Space is limited. Please only apply if you can commit to fully participating in the following ways:

- Attend two virtual training sessions: February 29 & March 1, 2024

- Participate in three follow-up implementation consultation calls (dates TBD)

- Complete a 15–20-minute research evaluation

- Attend one virtual research project evaluation meeting: February 8, 2024 (attendance is optional but strongly recommended)


HOW TO APPLY: Please click the “REGISTER” button at the top of the page to apply. 




Participants of this intensive training will learn to:

  • Identify the ways that oppression impacts the Latinx community
  • Describe ethno-racial trauma
  • List the tenets of intersectionality
  • Describe the four phases of the Healing Ethno-Racial Trauma (HEART) framework
  • Describe what a sanctuary space is within the context of therapy
  • Identify ways of integrating the HEART framework into their clinical practice with Latinxs
  • Explore key ways to integrate an intersectional lens into trauma-informed care




February 8 - Part I: Research Project Evaluation Meeting, 1:00 PM–2:00 PM CT (attendance is optional but strongly recommended)

February 29 - Part II: HEART Training, Day 1, 9:00 AM–1:30 PM CT

March 1 - Part III: HEART Training, Day 2, 9:00 AM–1:30 PM CT

[Dates/Times TBD] - Part IV: Implementation Consultation Calls x 3 (Max. 10 participants per call)




Participants who fully attend this intensive training series will be eligible to receive 8 continuing education (CE) hours. CE certificates will be provided by the training agency (The Collective).




Hector Adames, PsyD

Hector Y. Adames, PsyD

Dr. Hector Y. Adames obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University in Ohio. He completed an internship in neuropsychology and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Adames currently holds an academic appointment as Full Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he teaches graduate courses in assessment, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, and research methods. He is licensed in both Illinois and New York, and is bilingual, providing clinical services in both English and Spanish. Dr. Adames co-founded and co-directs the IC-RACE Lab. He has published several books including (1) Cultural Foundations and Interventions in Latinx Mental Health: History, Theory and within Group Differences published by Routledge Press, (2) Caring for Latinxs with Dementia in a Globalized world published by Springer, (3) Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide published by Wiley and (4) Succeeding as a Therapists: How to Create a Thriving Practice in a Changing World published by the American Psychological Association (APA). His research focuses on how socio-race, skin-color, colorism, and ethnic and racial group membership influence wellness. He has earned several awards including the 2018 Distinguished Emerging Professional Research Award from The Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, a Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the 2020 Distinguished Star Vega Award from the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA). In 2021, he was honored with a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for his commitment to human rights and racial justice through his research, service, and mentorship.



Nayeli Chavez-Duenas, PhD

Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, PhD

Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, PhD received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the APA accredited program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is a Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) where she serves as the faculty coordinator for the concentration in Latinx Mental Health in the Counseling Psychology Department. She is the co-founder and co-director of the IC-RACE Lab. She has authored two books including (1) Cultural Foundations and Interventions in Latinx Mental Health: History, Theory and within Group Differences published by Routledge Press, and (2) Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide. Her research focuses on colorism, skin-color differences, parenting styles, immigration, unaccompanied minors, and race relations. She has earned several awards including the 2018 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Citizen Psychologist Award, the 2020 Distinguished Star Vega Award from the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA) and the 2022 Shining Star Award from the National Multicultural Conference Summit. You can follow Dr. Chavez-Dueñas on Twitter @NYChavez .



The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC 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.