Back to School… Promoting Resiliency and Mental Health Wellness in Latino Children: Strategies for Mental Health Providers, Teachers, and Parents
Minority populations, including Latino families, faced economic challenges, including housing instability and increased food insecurity, negatively affecting students' school engagement. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated these conditions, and new challenges emerged including job loss, struggles to find childcare, decreased access to resources, social isolation, and decreased overall mental health. Among children and youths, mental health concerns and school disengagement have been worsened during the pandemic. Moreover, children and youths are experiencing caring for other family members, exposure to interpersonal violence, lack of parental supervision and support, grief and loss, and increased risk of suicide.
The National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center will host a 3-part webinar series, Back to School … Promoting Resiliency and Mental Health Wellness in Latino Children: Strategies for Mental Health Providers, Teachers, and Parents. This webinar will examine the impact of COVID-19 on Latino students' mental health, discuss strategies to boost resiliency and improve mental health wellness, and create a plan to deal with unprecedented future situations like the pandemic.
September 24th, 2021- Part 1: Back to School… Promoting Resiliency and Mental Health Wellness in Latino Children: Strategies for School Mental Health Providers
October 1st, 2021- Part 2: Back to School… Promoting Resiliency and Mental Health Wellness in Latino Children: Strategies for School Personnel
October 8th, 2021- Part 3: Back to School… Promoting Resiliency and Mental Health Wellness in Latino Children: Strategies for Parents
About the speaker:
Diane Arms, MA- Diane Arms currently serves as the Director for The Center for Co-occurring Disorders at The Council on Recovery. 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 proactively identify, address, and resolve systemic issues. 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’ services to adult services in the mental health system. She spearheaded the transition of in person clinical and behavioral health services of the agency to telehealth services to accommodate social distancing and stay at home orders due to COVID 19. Previously funded projects consist 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.