The 2017 Latinx Mental Health Summit

The 2017 Latinx Mental Health Summit 


April 21, 2017
Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Patricia Arredondo and Dr. Luis G. Cruz-Ortega
Dr. Arredondo was recently featured in The Counsleing Psychologist, "Creating a Pathway for Cultural Empowerment"

The need for mental health services among Latinos is a growing health concern nationally in the United States and locally in Charlotte.  Less than 1 in 5 Latinos with a mental health disorder contact a health care provider, less than 1 in 11 contact a mental health specialist, and recent Latino immigrants rarely have access to any mental health services.  It is estimated that by 2060 Latinos will be the largest ethnic minority in the United States, comprising 31% of the nation’s population.  Innovative culturally appropriate solutions are needed now, to increase mental health treatment options and approaches for Latinos with mental health disorders. 

How can helping professionals to meet the mental health needs of Latinos?

The 2017 Latinx Mental Health Summit will bring together clinical experts, scholars, and helping professionals from around the United States to discuss how we can take on the challenges facing Latinos. If you are a counselor, social worker, psychologist, student, community activist, or in any way engaged in the helping professions, we invite you to attend this one-day event.  The one-day event will feature nationally-known scholars in the field share their expertise and research, and two moderated panel discussions with Latino/a leaders and clinicians from the local community. The event is free but you must register. Additionally, we will provide up to 4.25 hours of CEUs through NBCC and NASW for a nominal fee. Lunch is on your own for all participants.

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Patricia Arredondo

Patricia Arredondo is a well-known, highly respected Latina Psychologist with extensive experience working with the Latino population and addressing the importance of cultural competence in clinical care. She has over 100 articles and book chapter in press, and several DVD training videos in Spanish and English. Her most recent work is titled Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinas/os, and specifically addresses best practices when counseling Latinos. She is a Fellow in both the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association, and has served as past president of the American Counseling Association and Division 45 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race). She is currently Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean for the School of Continuing Education and Professor of Counseling Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the executive director of the Arredondo Advisory group.

Dr. Luis Cruz-Ortega

Luis G. Cruz-Ortega is a senior staff psychologist at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service (OSU CCS). OSU CCS is highly regarded as a leader in the field Latino mental health; constantly innovating to help students develop resiliency, improve wellness, and succeed. Dr. Cruz-Ortega provides counseling services to OSU students and serves as a liaison to the Latin@ community on campus, and also maintain a busy private practice in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. He provides bilingual (English / Spanish) individual psychotherapy to adults, offers consultation and supervision to mental health professionals, and leads workshops on culturally-competent mental health services for students and organizations. He has over 15 years of experience as a counselor at university counseling centers, community counseling centers, and private practice in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio. Luis is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Latina/o Psychological Association. His research interests include the intersection of culture, spirituality, and psychosocial adjustment. He recently received the 2014-2015 Biggs Pine Award for outstanding scholarly contributions to the Counseling and Values journal by the Association of Spirituality, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling; a division of the American Counseling Association.

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