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November 13, 2018 - All Day (9:00-5:00)

Workshop Description:

The purpose of this workshop is:

  • To 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Workshop Presenters:

Jeanne M. LeBlanc, Vancouver, Canada

Bio: crcp LeBlancDr. Jeanne LeBlanc received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, completed a post-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology, later received her ABPP in Rehabilitation Psychology, and completed a post-graduate certificate in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery, from Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education. She is currently in independent practice in Vancouver, BC. Over a decade ago, Dr. LeBlanc began to participate in disaster response, leading to international deployments, humanitarian assistance, and education of providers in countries including Canada, New Zealand, Haiti, Malawi, Guatemala and China. Dr. LeBlanc has represented British Columbia to APA's Disaster Resource Network, and Canada to the DRN Advisory Committee. She is the first non-physician member of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine, and works closely with medical and non-medical disaster response teams. Additionally, she provided consultation to the Canadian Olympic Committee’s disaster preparations for Team Canada.

Mike Campbell, Ph.D., CPsychol, AFBPsS, Barbados

crcp18w campbellBio:
Dr. Mike Campbell is Lecturer in Behavioural Science/Psychology with the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies—Cave Hill, Barbados, where he serves as chair of the UWI/Ministry of Health Research Ethics Committee and Vice-chair of the Caribbean Public Health Agency Research Ethics Committee.

Dr. Campbell received his M.A. in Geography from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from University of Florida. He completed his internship at University of Wyoming and post-doctoral residency at New College of Florida. He holds practice credentials in Barbados, the US, and the UK.

He previously served on the Sarasota-Manatee (Florida) Critical Incident Stress Management Team, during which he completed FEMA-funded certification in bioterrorism response. In the Caribbean, he has provided services in private practice and at the invitation of the Governments of Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Rita Dudley-Grant, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP, US Virgin Islands

Crcp2018 DudleyGrant RitaBio:
G. Rita Dudley-Grant, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP, is Clinical Services Director of Virgin Islands Behavioral Services, providing residential/ community based medical/ mental health services for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed youth in the USVI. Career emphasis: capacity expansion for community health, mental health, and substance abuse in the VI, with a focus on children and adolescents, training for graduate psychologists and allied professionals, adolescent and women's mental health, health promotion and protection in the Caribbean. Publications include books, articles and chapters on Clinical psychology and Capacity Expansion in the Caribbean, women's mental health, diversity and spirituality in mental health. She is a member of the Learning Collaborative for Trauma Informed Care systems in the VI and serves on the State Advisory Group, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention USVI. Dr. Dudley-Grant is a founding member and past president of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists. She is a founding member of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations, currently serving on the Executive Committee. A fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) she has been active in all levels of APA or over two decades, presenting on multiculturalism, trauma informed care, women in treatment and psychology and Buddhism. She is the recipient of numerous awards inclusive of an honorary doctorate from her Alma Mater, Simmons College the Heiser Award for State Advocacy from APA in recognition locally and nationally for her advocacy in expanding mental health services to underserved populations.

Josette Sam, MSc, Barbados

crcp samMs. Josette Sam is a Clinical Psychologist at the Child Care Board in Barbados. She engages in clinical practice with children, adolescents and families, with a primary focus on families with children who have been abused. She also engages in psychoeducational activities in various settings.

Ms. Sam holds a MSc. in Clinical Psychology from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus as well as BA Psychology from UWI, Cave Hill Campus. She gained her clinical experience at the Psychiatric Hospital, the Child Care Board and the Jamaica Defence Force.

She is also a Lieutenant in the Barbados Defence Force Reserve element and has engaged in various disaster training geared towards First Responders. She was recently deployed to Dominica and Barbuda post hurricanes Maria and Irma respectively, to offer psychosocial support to the deployed troops. She is part of a team that continues to give such support locally and regionally.

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