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Virtual Conference: Mental Health & COVID 19: Disparities, Strength and Global Perspectives

8:30am - March 11, 2021 thru 1:00pm - March 11, 2021 | Timezone: US/Eastern
National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC
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Free Virtual Conference from the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in collaboration the Boston University School of Social Work

This conference will acknowledge disparities, mental health challenges, strengths, and global perspectives in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, it will offer strategies and resources for Latinx and other racially diverse communities affected by this pandemic.


Who should attend? This is an intermediate level workshop designed for mental health providers including psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and graduate level students in the mental health field.


About the speakers:


Hanner Hernandez, PhD, CPS - Dr. Hernández is originally from Puerto Rico, is bilingual and has worked for 32 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically intelligent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs. Also, Dr. Hernández has many years of experience in delivering addiction counseling and clinical supervision to professionals in the field. Furthermore, he is a professional trainer and facilitator and provides individualized technical assistance and support to organizations that provide addiction prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery supports.



Luz M López, PhD, MPH, MSW - is a faculty member at Boston University School of Social Work, Director of the Global Health Core at the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, and Director of the dual degree program in public health and social work. She has experience conducting prevention, education, and research in the fields of interpersonal violence, trauma, mental health and substance use treatment with Latinos(as)/Latinx and other racial and ethnically diverse communities. She incorporates community participatory research, strength-based practices and anti-violence pedagogy. Dr. López works with immigrants and refugees and provides culturally specific mental health and trauma trainings in partnership with Makarere University in Uganda; with the Superemos Domestic Violence Program in Estelí, Nicaragua and with the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Regional Multidisciplinary Faculty (UNAN-FAREM). She also leads and annual cultural immersion course for graduate students to Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. Dr. López believes in culturally responsive partnerships to advance health equity, social work, and public health practices around the globe.



Lineke Ordóñez Palacios - professor of Social Work at the Estelí, Multidisciplinary Regional Faculty (FAREM), headquarters of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua. She has six years of experience as coordinator and clinician at the psychosocial and community clinic of FAREM Estelí. She is a social researcher, director in training spaces, and conducts assessment, and intervention plans for survivors of domestic violence. Her work also focus on advancing social work, gender equity and awareness for children and adolescent youth in the Americas and the Caribbean, prevention of child labor and research in ethnology and participation with student groups from primary, secondary and rural communities.



Prof. Leana Lanuza, MSc - is part of the regional multidisciplinary faculty and professional training team at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, in Estelí (UNAN-FAREM) with focus on, humanistic, scientific and technical work in university settings. She teaches English as a second language and coordinates international cultural exchanges, and instruction on managing groups, working under pressure, and business management. She leads the international programs at UNAN-FAREM.



Tania Libertad Pérez, MSc - is a psychologist and professor who coordinates the Psychosocial and Community Clinic at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Regional Multidisciplinary Faculty, in Estelí, Nicaragua (UNAN-FAREM). She also teaches at the Department of Education and Humanities. Her research focus is on psycho-pedagogical development of people and the optimization of community educational practices. She also has experience working with children and adolescents from rural and urban areas of Nicaragua, inter-institutional coordination, labor inclusion, and advocacy for individuals with disabilities.


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