Black & Latino Communities: Addressing Mental Health Needs, Social Histories, and Collective Trauma

8:00am - April 19, 2023 thru 4:00pm - April 20, 2023 | Timezone: US/Central
Collaborating TTC: Central East MHTTC

Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Market Center
2727 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
United States

Registration Deadline: April 18, 2023


What? A forum for Black and Latino mental health providers and community stakeholders to discuss culturally relevant approaches to improve well-being.


When? Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, 2023, 8 am to 4 pm


Where? Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Market Center, 2727 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207


Why? Black and Latino communities have experienced a long history of racism, discrimination, and trauma.


Most African Americans, Hispanics/Latinx, Native Americans, and Asian Americans have reported experiencing racial discrimination in the form of racial slurs, violence, threats, and harassment. Racial discrimination, racism and violence have also been evident in policing approaches toward minoritized groups that have historically been overrepresented in the criminal justice system.


Discrimination contributes to psychological distress, especially among marginalized youth and racial/ethnic minorities. Historical trauma and the intergenerational and cumulative impact of these social stressors significantly impacts the well-being of Black and Latino communities. In addition, access to treatment is further limited by a lack of culturally responsive providers, financial realities, and stigma about mental health.


Many Black and Latino communities trust and rely on religious leaders to provide services; in fact, many faith-based leaders serve as their primary and only source of mental health guidance. Intersectional and culturally humble approaches to mental health services recognize the importance of cultural values, including collectivistic views and spirituality, which can provide strength-based and traditional means of coping with loss, trauma, and violence.


Community efforts to understand and better serve communities of color through culturally relevant approaches are essential to address structural barriers to services. This conference aims to build bridges between various sectors of Black and Latino communities, including mental health providers, faith-based leaders, law enforcement, and others.


This event is a collaboration with the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas), and the Central East MHTTC. UNT Dallas will provide CEU's credits. 


Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify prevalence rates for mental health conditions among Black and Latino communities.

  2. Address structural barriers that continue to promote inequities in well-being among Black and Latino groups.

  3. Address which trauma-informed approaches community leaders can adopt to protect and strengthen the well-being of Black and Latino communities.

  4. Discuss the elements of culturally grounded community approaches that best serve the mental health needs of Black and Latino groups.


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