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Institutional Racism and Discrimination Impact on Latino Children and Youth Mental Health 

2:00pm - October 15, 2020 | Timezone: US/Eastern
National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC
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Racism is a “system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks (which is what we call ‘race’) that unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources.” Latino children experience discrimination in multiple micro environments, including their schools and neighborhoods affecting their well-being. School-based prevention and intervention efforts are needed to address discrimination that occurs in the school setting including the provision of Tier 1 programs to not only increase children’s awareness about diversity and differences in cultural practices and norms but also to educate youth about tolerance and acceptance (Demircioglu, 2008; Pascale, 2011; Wan, 2006).

Learning objectives:

- Discuss institutional racism and discrimination and their impact on the mental health of Latino children and youths. 

- Identify signs and symptoms related to the impact of experiencing racism among Latino children and youths.   

- Discuss best practices for identifying signs and symptoms of mental health disorders among Latino children and youths. 


Who should attend? This is an intermediate level workshop designed for mental health providers, school mental health providers, and school administrators.



About the presenter: 




J Rocky Romero, PhD, LMSW - Dr. J Rocky Romero is the CEO and owner of JR Romero & Associates, a training and consultant company he started almost 20 years ago. In addition, Dr. Romero is a former Assistant Professor for New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work in Albuquerque, NM. He served as the co-chair for Governor Richardson’s appointed NM Higher Education Department on Cultural Competency Task-Force. Dr. Romero has also served as an Executive Council member for the NM-Consortium for Behavioral Health Training and Research to include other boards and committees. In addition, Dr. Romero completed his doctoral studies at the University of New Mexico in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies with a focus on analyzing legal discourse through a critical race theory lens. Dr. Romero has been a trainer and consultant for the NHL-MHTTC for the last 10 years, in addition he is a National trainer for Clare|Matrix, formerly the Matrix Institute, for the last 12 years. He is focused on culturally appropriate treatment while focusing on reducing health disparities for people of color. Lastly, Dr. Romero is focused on the intersections of racism, discrimination, and the impact of racialized legal discourse on people of color.


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