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Session 1 of Needs and Joys of our (Im)migrant* Students, Families and Community Partners: What is the what? Nuances, complications, and contributions of (Im)migrant & Latinx student mental health

3:00pm - April 19, 2021 thru 5:00pm - April 19, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: April 19, 2021
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The Needs and Joys of our (Im)migrant Students, Families, and Community Partners: Exploring and Expanding Our School Mental Health Practice

Session 1: What is the what? Nuances, complications, and contributions

of (Im)migrant & Latinx student mental health

Join the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center for a special three-part series followed by a four-part learning community focused on (im)migrant student mental health. Through this program, we hope to: 

  • Deepen our understanding and awareness of the unique gifts, strengths, and challenges students with (im)migration stories hold

  • Explore practical strategies to apply and deepen our work 

  • Examine the What + Howwhat are the issues + how do we then take the what and impact our school mental health practice?


Together, we discuss and unpack nuances of students who are (im)migrants, newcomers, undocumented, transborder learners so that we can strengthen our school mental health systems, services, practices, and policies. 


Please note that while this program has a special focus on students who identify as Latino/a/x,  Chican@, and Mexican-American, all are welcome and much can be related to other student identities with shared experiences. 


Invited learners: school mental health professional associations (school psychology, counselors, psychiatry, teacher education programs, school social workers), community-based mental health providers who partner with schools in our Center’s region (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau). 

For more information about the series, visit the series page.


Session 1: What is the what? Nuances, complications, and contributions

of (Im)migrant & Latinx student mental health 


When:  Monday, April 19, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. PT (view your time zone)

(Mon.) 6-8 p.m. ET / 3-5 p.m. PT / 12-2 p.m. HT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. American Samoa

(Tues.) 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Marshall Islands / 9-11 a.m. Pohnpei, Kosrae / 8-10 a.m. Guam, Chuuk, Yap, Northern Mariana Islands /  7-9 a.m. Palau

Faculty: Angela Castellanos, Claudia Rojas, Alicia Arambula, & Claudia Gonzalez

Our opening session features all four faculty providing an introduction to core concepts and issues that impact (Im)migrant and Latinx student mental health. Together, we discuss the concepts of triple trauma (leaving, migration, arrival); microaggressions + bias and racism; COVID-19 nuances to service delivery; and the strengths and joys of (im)migrant student mental health.

To create awareness about (im)migrant student experiences, we: 

  1. Learn how stress, anxiety, and trauma impact (im)migrant students.

  2. Define the policies that impact our families and students (e.g., TPS, McKinney-Vento, DACA, U-Visas, Public Charge, Deportations, and AB2121).

  3. Explore how status affects students, families, and schools.