The National Hispanic & Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in partnership with Mary’s Center and the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work the will be hosting a free web panel for non-clinicians, case managers, clinical supervisors, health providers, program directors, administrators, and personnel who provide post-release services to unaccompanied minors.
Raising awareness of the traumatic experiences, background, developmental history, and mental health needs of unaccompanied minors (UC) and place this in the context of the child’s culture and national origin is critical. The panelists will provide an overview of what is trauma, common reactions (emotional/behavioral) observed in youth after traumatic events, and evidence-based tips and strategies to bolster resiliency and promote psychological recovery among unaccompanied minors that any individual or community member interacting with these youth can use. The webinar will include a description of mental health assessment strategies for unaccompanied minors in the United States, with a focus on how the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Barriers and facilitators to community participation and making referrals that lead to positive engagement for UC and their families and cultural and linguistic considerations when working with Hispanic/Latino UAC will be discussed.
Luis H. Zayas, PhD, is the Dean, Professor, and the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work; and Professor of Psychiatry at the Dell Medical School of The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to numerous papers in scientific journals, Dr. Zayas is the author of Latinas Attempting Suicide: When Cultures, Families, and Daughters Collide (Oxford, 2011) and Forgotten Citizens: Deportation, Children, and the Making of American Exiles and Orphans (Oxford, 2015).
Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and bilingual clinical psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Her research focuses on addressing mental health disparities among underserved populations (specifically Hispanic youth) through innovative implementation and dissemination methods, including telehealth. She also has an active program of research focused on the cultural adaptation and international dissemination of trauma-focused assessment and intervention. She directs the Puerto Rico Outreach Model in Schools- Esperanza (PROMISE), a SAMHSA-funded program aimed bolstering resiliency and promoting psychological recovery among Puerto Rican youth after hurricane Maria. She also co-directed a USAID-funded program aimed at creating trauma-informed systems and services for children in El Salvador.
Robert G. Hasson III, Ph.D., LICSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Providence College. He holds a BA in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College, and a MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work from the Boston College School of Social Work. Robert’s research focuses on the intersection of child welfare and immigration. He is particularly interested in examining risk and protective factors for unaccompanied children who experience forced migration. In addition, a goal of Robert’s research is to inform the development of clinical interventions and policies that serve children and adolescents exposed to trauma as a result of forced migration.
Kerri Evans, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Evans earned her PhD from Boston College School of Social Work and her MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Dr. Evans’ research stems from her eight years of social work experience at the intersection of immigration and child welfare. Using community partnerships, Dr. Evans works to answer the questions of service providers with the goal of improving service delivery and making policy recommendations. Topically, her research focuses on the well-being of unaccompanied and refugee children, and school welcome for immigrant students.