Latinos represent our nation’s largest and fastest growing ethnic group, yet there remains a striking lack of knowledge regarding the unique mental health needs facing the Latino population. In response, in 2007 the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Center for Latino/a Mental Health (CLMH) was created in response to the need for a greater understanding of the interaction between culture and mental health among Latino/as, and the specifics on how its expression and therefore treatment may differ from the general population.
Since its conception in 2007, the vision of the CLMH has been to provide students and professionals with formalized training in the cultural competencies necessary to work with Latino/a populations. The CLMH seeks to increase the amount of culturally competent mental health professionals in order to improve the accessibility of mental health services to the Latino/a community. In addition, the Center aims to become a premier location that promotes understanding of the pressing mental health issues within the Latino/a community, both at the local and national levels.
Finally, the CLMH also provides a safe space for students, professors, and mental health professionals to explore, discuss, and learn about topics related to Latino/as, their culture and history, their challenges, and their mental health through academic lectures and discussions, culturally attuned trainings, an annual Latino/a Behavioral Health Conference, cultural events, and local immersion trips.
To provide education, research, and community education services to address the unique social and cultural mental health needs of the growing Latino/a population. Through formalized training, culturally competent education, and promotion of professional networks and advocacy, we strive to increase accessibility of mental health services to the Latino/a communities.
Some Major Accomplishments during the past seven years
• Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health (2010) for its efforts in advancing public understanding on mental illnesses by the American Psychiatric Foundation.
• Biennial Latino/a Behavioral Health Conference. Attracting more than 250 mental health providers, students, mental health administrators, and community health promoters
• Latino/a Mental Health Providers Network (LMHPN) developed in 2010 with funding from the Chicago Community Trust to increase cultural competency, and sharing of resources among mental health providers serving the Latino/a community.
• We Hear You/ Te Escuchamos Campaign a campaign designed to reach Latino/a youth ages 14 to 24 22 to help them cope with all too common mental health situations and reduce the stigma of seeking help. Received Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health in 2015 for its efforts in advancing public understanding on mental illnesses by the American Psychiatric Foundation.
“Supporting culturally appropriate Mental Health ”
EDUCATION – COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES- RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
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