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November 8, 2016


HALF DAY WORKSHOPS - $75 for one and $135 for two


Presenters: John Berry, Queen's College; Milagros Mendez, University of Puerto Rico

Workshop Description: Psychology is an international discipline and there have been numerous calls to “internationalize” the psychology curriculum to include global and regional perspectives. This workshop aims to provide information, activities, and resources to advance international and Caribbean regional perspectives in psychology education and training among faculty and teachers of psychology. Information about the role and importance of international perspectives are presented from scientific, ethical, and practice standpoints. Through a variety of instructional methods (presentation, discussion, assessment of current program needs, resources, and guided programme development) participants will learn about the importance and value of international and Caribbean perspectives in psychology education and practice training. Participants will learn specific strategies for ‘ how to’  internationalize and regionalize via academic and practice-based avenues. Participants will identify programming needs and a plan for development within their own programme and setting.

PUBLICATION WORKSHOP - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter: Jacqueline Mattis, University of Michican, USA

Workshop Description: Writing is essential to the success of every academic. Understanding the essentials of writing and of the publication process is key to a successful academic career. This workshop identifies concrete strategies for constructing your literature review, methods, results and discussion sections of a publishable manuscript. We will identify the factors that typically lead to rejections of manuscripts, and discuss strategies for optimizing the success of manuscripts particularly for international scholars seeking to publish in US academic journals. We will also discuss the process of selecting journals, responding to reviews.


Presenter: Guillermo Bernal, University of Puerto Rico

Workshop Description: This workshop will focus on culturally appropriate treatments and interventions and their application in the Caribbean.  The workshop will have three parts. The first begins with clarifying basic terms such as culturally “appropriate”, “relevant”, “informed”, “sensitive”, etc. and will introduce the concept of “cultural adaptations” and its use in modifying evidence-based treatments and practices for multicultural populations. The definition as well as the various models, guidelines and frameworks of cultural adaptation will be presented. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in practical application of various dimensions of cultural adaptations. The second part of the workshop will provide an introductory of essential domains and stages for the development of structural interventions aimed at modifying normative beliefs regarding gender and sexuality.  Issues regarding adaptation of effective interventions will be discussed to learn which elements must be taken into consideration to make these interventions culturally appropriate.Emphasis will be given to gender-related beliefs and norms when attempting to change sexual practices both in groups of women and men.  Ongoing projects will be used to illustrate the content of theoretical and conceptual notions. The third part will take an historical view of the psychology and the psychologists in Haiti over decades, and since the earthquake.  It will look at the new challenges and some many developments for a culturally relevant psychology helping people and Haitian society for emancipation.  Several questions are to asked:  How the psychologists, the Haitian Psychologist Association (AHPsy), the University (UEH), the government and the society will arrange for this mission? Participants will have an opportunity to engage in both discussion and practical application of culturally adapting treatments and interventions.

DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH - 1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm

Presenters: Jeanne M. LeBlanc, Vancouver, Canada

Workshop Description: The purpose of this workshop is: 1) Allow psychologists of the region to engage in continued education on contemporary techniques, methodologies, and theories that are appropriate to their own work in Disaster Mental Health; 2) To increase professional and public awareness of the role of psychological science in promoting individual, community, national, international and regional well-being and development in response to disasters; 3) To promote the sustained collaboration of academic and applied psychologists (including trained but non-practicing psychologists) within the Caribbean region and the Diaspora;  The Caribbean Region faces the potential for multiple forms of disasters each year.  From flooding to hurricanes, earthquakes to volcanoes and tsunamis, natural disasters strike regularly and apparently with increasing frequency up and down the Caribbean chain. In addition to natural disasters, those that are manmade are equally devastating, such as increased violence and decimated family structure associated with drugs in the Caribbean.   Psychologists continue to play a crucial role in responding to these community crushing occurrences.  They have participated in the design, implementation and evidence based assessment of culturally competent interventions.  This workshop intends to provide participants with an overview of the psychological response to disaster and its psychological impact on people, and the challenges of responding and meeting the needs of Caribbean people where there are limited resources / infrastructure and response is not part of an international or government initiative. Attendees will learn specific strategies for intervening as providers, trainers, and program developers.  Participants will also learn strategies for maintaining one’ s own emotional well-being as a Victim/Provider, someone impacted by the devastation as well as a provider of services to those affected.  The focus will be on the development of skills that they can implement in their home countries/islands.  In small, break-out work groups, attendees will share their own experiences and develop an aspect of their disaster response approach based on the workshop information.  The different work groups will focus on 1) Responses to Natural Disasters, 2) Responses to violence in the community, 3) Some discussion on the response to trauma 



Presenter: Cheryl Grills, Loyola Marymount College, ABPsi

In this workshop, the United Nations-designated International Decade for People of African Descent, Community Healing Network (CHN) has come together with the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) to help develop a unified global response to address the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives and countless injustices against people of African ancestry: the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority. Participants in this pre-conference workshop will learn how to facilitate and adapt the Emotional Emancipation CircleSM (EEC) Support Groups, a "within-group" practice that is culturally grounded and specifically addresses key social determinants of mental and emotional health for diverse persons of African ancestry.

EECsSM are designed by African persons for African persons in order to address emotional and psychological stress affecting persons of African ancestry who have been negatively impacted by experiences of racism, alienation, and isolation. EECs provide safe spaces for Black people to share their stories and feelings; deepen their understanding of the impact of historical forces and images on their emotional lives, relationships, and the well-being of Black communities; learn and practice essential emotional wellness skills; and learn to replace negative cognitions about inferiority with ones that are more affirming.

EECs may be used in a variety of contexts including: behavioral health, juvenile justice, child welfare, adult probation, or human assistance, drug and alcohol services, housing services, schools, private practice or other types of formal and informal support agencies and community settings.

"We have a beautiful history and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world." --Marcus Garvey