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crcp invited speakers



Zuri Amuleru-Marshall, Grenadacrcp2018 Zam
Programmes Addressing Gender-based Violence in the Caribbean: Do They Work?
Abstract: Responding to the urgent need to address gender-based violence in the Caribbean, a number of programmes have been developed. Rigorous evaluations have been conducted for two such programmes in Grenada – a programme for offenders, and a programme for victims. The evaluation results will stimulate discussion and interest in future research.

  CRCP BhawukDharm Bhawuk, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Colonization of the Mind: Loss of Indigenous Language and Culture

Abstract: The institutionalized imposition of the colonizer's language leads to defining native practices as problems. Indigenous wisdom is devalued in problem solving, thus destroying local creativity. The colonization of the mind is completed with loss of indigenous language and culture. Implications for indigenous and global psychology are discussed.  
  CRCP bullockMerry Bullock, Ahmisa International, USA
From Knowledge to Solutions: Getting a Seat at the Table
Abstract: Although the relevance of psychological science for addressing important social issues has never been more visible, psychology as a discipline is not well represented in policy or decision making bodies. This presentation will discuss strategies for psychologists to increase impact, visibility and voice.
  crcp Buque 1Mariel Eunice Buque, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
Therapy For Black Kids: Building Resilience Within Future Generations
Abstract: With each generation, intergenerational wounds of racial trauma are handed down within Black communities. This panel segment will present ways to collectively and proactively break the chains of trauma that are incited by racism so that we may build healthy cohorts of Black people across the Diaspora.
  crcp Charot SwilleyDominique Charlot-Swilley, Children's National Health System, USA
Addressing Parental Mental Health Needs in Pediatric Primary Care (Roundtable with Hodgkinson)
Abstract: One of the clearest findings that brain science has taught us over the last 30 years is that early brain development is directly influenced by babies’ interactions with their caregivers. This round table will discuss how to integrate parental behavioral health and self-care in a pediatric primary care setting.
  crcp clermontMarjory Clermont, UEH -FASCH, AHPsy, Haiti
La parentalité au sein de jeunes familles Caribéennes – Haïti
Abstract: La famille contemporaine évolue, prend des formes variées et diverses. La famille caribéenne nombreuse, élargie, nucléaire s’adapte, est confrontée à de nouveaux enjeux et défis qui viennent influencer le style de parentalité en considérant le rôle des nounous. Il s’agira de faire ressortir ces éléments dans le cadre de cette présentation.
  CRCP ClintonAmanda Clinton, America Psychological Association, USA
Leadership in International Psychology
Abstract: This presentation focuses on psychological science as it informs international relations and leadership. The importance of leadership by psychologists on the international stage is discussed. Research on the skills requisite to international leadership is presented and practical applications of the same are provided. Conclusions address the future of psychology and psychologists in leadership.
  Deanna CookeDeanna Cooke, Loyola Marymount University
LA No Longer Confidential:Culture and Arts Professional Development
Abstract: This presentation will discuss the “Arts Camp for Teachers”, a University/School collaboration to increase the confidence and abilities of elementary school teachers to address the cultural needs of African American and Latino students in Los Angeles, CA. The presentation will incorporate examples and outcomes of this transferable model.

crcp2018 DavisRosie Phillips Davis, American Psychological Assn, USA
Persisting In The Face Of Poverty
Abstract: “…something must be done now to eradicate poverty in Ayiti” say Gustemable and Nicolas (2081).  Poverty is detrimental to the health of individuals and nations. The presentation will focus on poverty and a description of the proposed American Psychological Association President-Elect’s initiative on poverty.


crcp domersantRene Domersant, Ministry of Public Health and Population, Haiti
Pont Incontournable Pour Une Prise En Charge Efficace En Haïti
Precis: Les caractéristiques du milieu haïtien présentent des défis à une prise en charge efficace des troubles mentaux. L’auteur se propose, á partir d’un certain nombre d’observations, d’identifier les éléments d’interface indispensables à l’atteinte d’un tel objectif et de formuler des recommandations en vue d’arriver à de meilleurs résultats

The essential bridge for effective care in the Haitian environment
Abstract: The characteristics of Haiti's environment present challenges to effective management of mental disorders. The author proposes, based on a certain number of observations, to identify the interface elements essential to the achievement of such an objective and to make recommendations with a view to achieving better results.

  CRCP ClermontGrace Fayombo, The University of the West Indies, Barbados
Developing Into Socially Active Being: Caribbean Adolescents’ Relationships And Concerns
Abstract: Gaps exist in our understanding of the changes and dilemmas experienced by the adolescents during transition from the miniature social being into the socially acceptable being. This paper examines the psychosocial variables influencing the Caribbean adolescents’ social development and their concerns; the psychological implications of the findings will be discussed. 
  crcp2018 FranklinAnderson J. Franklin, Boston College, USA
Coalition Building For Collective Impact Upon Caribbean Health And Wellness
Abstract: The Caribbean is a multicultural and multilingual region with considerable areas of diversity but common concerns for health and wellness of the population. This presentation promotes the importance of coalition building as a means for confronting the health and wellness disparities both in the region and within Caribbean countries.
  crcp GewirtzAbigail Gewirtz
Improving Resilience in Families following Disasters by Strengthening Parenting
Abstract: Parents are their children's most important teachers, and effective parenting is associated with children's resilience in the wake of traumatic events. This presentation reviews a program of research focused on modifying and rigorously evaluating a theory-based parent training model for families affected by traumatic stressors including natural and manmade disasters.


crcp2018 GrillsCheryl Grills, Loyola Marymount University, USA
Making the Invisible Visible: The Development of the Culture Cube
Abstract: The culture cube strategy 1) reveals the culturally-grounded theoretical framework in culturally defined mental health strategies, linking cultural beliefs, community needs, and intervention, 2) guides evaluations to be community-defined and culturally-centered, 3) invites communities to use their indigenous epistemological frameworks to establish evidence. Implications for Caribbean Psychology will be explored.

  crcp hodgkinsonStacy Hodgkinson, Children's National Health System, USA

Addressing Parental Mental Health Needs in Pediatric Primary Care (Roundtable with Hodgkinson)
Abstract: One of the clearest findings that brain science has taught us over the last 30 years is that early brain development is directly influenced by babies’ interactions with their caregivers. This round table will discuss how to integrate parental behavioral health and self-care in a pediatric primary care setting.
  CRCP JacobsGerard ("Jerry") Jacobs, University of North Dakota, USA
Responding To The Unique Psychological Support Needs Of Individual Communities
Abstract: In international settings, organizations often try to use the same model for very different cultures. The Community-Based model of Psychological First Aid (CBPFA) adapts the model to the unique features of indidividual communities. This approach ensures cultural appropriateness, as well as an increased sense of ownership by the target communities.

janacNatacha Janac, Albizu University, USA (with Maxie Moreman)
Planning and Facilitating Intergroup Dialogue with International and Multilingual Groups
Abstract: This paper will describe an international and multilingual intergroup dialogue that took place during the student workshop at the 2016 Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology (CRCP) in Port Au Prince, Haiti. This is described within the context of Zuniga and Nagda's (2001) stages of intergroup dialogue and includes lessons learned.



  CRCP JulesMia Amour Jules, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, BB
Susceptibility to online peer influence model: Applications for health-risk prevention
Abstract: The Susceptibility to Online Peer Influence Model outlines how youth developmental needs and online environments interact to contribute to self-destructive behaviours. Theoretical principles of the model are discussed to support the argument for the utilization of social media platforms for the development of health-risk prevention strategies for Caribbean youth.

crcp LaFortuneGina Lafortune , Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Haitian Students who Immigrated to Quebec After the Earthquake
Abstract: More than 10,000 Haitian immigrants settled in Quebec two years after the earthquake that occurred in Haiti in 2010. Many of these immigrants have entered elementary and secondary school. We discuss some of the challenges that these students encounter years later, related to both the acculturation process and post-traumatic stress.

  crcp LeBlancJeanne LeBlanc, Private Practice, Canada
Healing During Chaos: A Behavioral Health Approach to Disaster Medicine
Abstract: Potential situational challenges faced by mental health professionals working alongside medical providers during disaster will be reviewed. Topics include common psychological responses seen in a disaster medical care setting, detailing a practical model of holistic disaster medical care, increasing awareness of signs of provider burnout/compassion fatigue, and basic approaches to self-care.

crcp marasPam Maras, University of Greenwich/International Union of Psychological Science, UK
The Vision And Mission of IUPSyS In Supporting Regional Colleagues
Abstract: Psychology is relevant to social, political and environmental situations across the world. In this paper I will discuss the International Union for Psychological Science’s commitment to support our members through regional cooperation and activity as the global body for psychology.

  crcp MattisJacqueline Mattis, University of Michigan, USA
Toward a Critical Positive Psychology of the Caribbean
Abstract: Much of the work in positive psychology has been acontextual and grounded in the lived experience of a narrow and distinctly privileged swath of the human population. I explore a theoretical frame that serves as a launchpoint for a culturally, contextually grounded study of positive and prosocial outcomes among Caribbeans.
  moremanMaxie Moreman, University of Miami, USA (with Natacha Janac)
Planning and Facilitating Intergroup Dialogue with International and Multilingual Groups
Abstract: This paper will describe an international and multilingual intergroup dialogue that took place during the student workshop at the 2016 Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology (CRCP) in Port Au Prince, Haiti. This is described within the context of Zuniga and Nagda's (2001) stages of intergroup dialogue and includes lessons learned.
  crcp2018 MorganKaiKai A. D. Morgan, Jamaican Psychological Society, Jamaica
Expanding Caribbean Psychology Beyond Pathology
Abstract: This presentation focuses on how Caribbean psychologists can diversify services within critical areas in psychology such as: training, education, practice, consultation and research. The historical importance of this diversification, the necessary internal and external mental shifts and collaboration with other mental health professionals from a regional perspective will be discussed.

crcp2018 puenteAntonio Enrique Puente, American Psychological Association, USA
Advocating for Psychology: New Paradigms
Abstract: Psychology is a science and a profession which requires advocacy as central its success. This presentation will address a new advocacy model that the American Psychological Association is developing. The following will be considered: development and explanation of the model, financial sustainability, and priority setting.

  crcp2018 RodriguezCraig Anthony Rodriguez-Seijas, Stony Brook University, Alpert Medical School, USA
Clinical Considerations in Treating Sexual Minority Individuals’ Psychosexual Health
Abstract: This talk describes the ways in which sociocultural stressors undermine sexual minority psychosocial health, with specific reference to the sociocultural context of the Caribbean. Brief description of the major principles underlying one transdiagnostic intervention aimed at treating sexual minority men's co-occurring mood, anxiety, behavioral, and sexual health dysfunction is provided.

crcp2018 RoweDaryl Rowe, Association of Black Psychologists, USA
African-Centered Psychology: Restoring Human Agency to the Caribbean Community
Abstract: The dehumanization of Black/African people, in Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean is tied to the distortion and denial of African peoples’ humanity. The goal of the presentation is to discuss the effects of Trans-Atlantic trafficking and captivity on the agency, resilience and psychology of persons of African ancestry.

  crcp soderstromKerstin Söderström, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Imported, Adapted, or Home grown? Psychology in Different Sociocultural Contexts
Abstract: Based on Cuban health psychology, efforts to develop a Palestinian community psychology, Vietnam´s quest for a culturally appropriate clinical psychology, and features of Norwegian psychology, I share reflections on how psychology as a scientific dicipline and profession can contribute, grow and fit with the local culture, belief-systems and geopolitical history.

crcp stcharlesOtilia St.Charles, Boston University School of Public Health, UNAIDS, USA/JAMAICA
Programs/Policies to address STI in young men in Guyana
Abstract: A socio-ecological model facilitated identification of determinants of high risk sexual behaviors and SRH rights needs for young men aged 15-18. The government of Guyana received the resulting program and policy recommendations. This presentation focuses on salient themes, including mental health, emerging from data and implications for the SDG agenda.

  crcp2018 sutherlandMarcia Sutherland, University at Albany, USA
Enhancing the psychological well-being of people of African descent
Abstract: Among the issues to be highlighted include African indigenous/traditional religions, cognitive appraisal, neurological and physiological factors, ethnic/racial identity, loving-kindness, mindfulness, psychological dynamics (emotion-focused dynamics, self-confrontation, socio-cultural dynamics). This presentation highlights essential variables to enhance the well-being of people of African descent.

crcp2018 whaleyArthur Whaley, Independent Consultant, USA
Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychotic Disorders: Separating Culture from Psychopathology
Abstract: The Caribbean region consists of countries with multicultural societies. Mental health professionals must be able to distinguish between cultural expressions and psychopathology in treating clients or patients from diverse backgrounds. Specific lessons from the African American experience will be used to illustrate culturally appropriate approaches to psychotic illnesses.





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