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Suicide Summit:
Prevention and Clinical Application

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Albuquerque, NM


The National Hispanic and Latino ATTC and the South Southwest ATTC present this summit aimed at sharing clinical information and research results that evidence suicide and suicidal behavior as a public health issue.   Presenters will describe evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies that will increase participants’ knowledge and skills on assessment, prevention and crisis interventions. It is expected that participants who attend this event will:  1) know the demographic data related to suicidal behaviors in New Mexico and United States 2) identify risk factors for suicidal behaviors 3) implement prevention strategies for suicidal behaviors 4) recognize intervention strategies based on evidence of suicidal behaviors in children, adolescents, young adults.


Miguel A Cruz-Feliciano, MS, PhD
Luis H. Zayas, PhD 
Carolina Hausmann-Stabile, PhD

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Immigration, Trauma and Substance Use:
The Latino Journey to the US

Houston, TX


This two-day symposium will provide participants with knowledge and skills to engage with and treat Hispanic and Latino clients whose presenting problems are at the intersection of substance use, mental health, and immigration, from initial assessment to recovery support. Latinos are almost 50% of those in Greater Houston and all families are touched by these serious issues. 



Day One - Tuesday, May 23rd

Introduction Presentation: Immigration, Trauma and Substance Use: The Latino Journey to the U.S.
The Price of the American Dream
Panel Presentation: The Effects of Acculturation Stress on Well Being in Hispanic Immigrant Communities
The Experience of Being a Non-Latino Mental Health Professional Who Works with Latino Patients: Providing Appropriate Transcultural Care
The Intersection between Immigration and Trauma: Considering Culture in Behavioral Health Interventions
Parenting Interventions for Diverse Populations from Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Communities: Applying Research Findings to Service Provision
Speaker: Esther Calzada, PhD

Day Two - Wednesday, May 24th

Immigration, Family Detention and Trauma: Maternal and Child Risk Factors for Substance Use
Panel Presentation
Roberta Leal, PhD
Christine Kovic, PhD
Sarah Howell, LMSW
Mr. Juan Cervantes
Trauma and substance use among Unaccompanied Migrant Youth in Texas
Latino Immigration: A Psychological Examination of Culture and Trauma

Immigration, Trauma and Substance Use:

The Latino Journey to the U.S.

Los Angeles, CA


Immigration patterns to the United States play a significant role in the Latino cultural experience, so it deserves special consideration.  Out of the approximately 53.9 million Hispanics living in the U.S. in 2013, 18.7 million were foreign born, and an estimated 12.7 million were undocumented residents (24.2%).  More than half of the nation’s 16 million Hispanic children were born to at least one foreign born parent.  
Immigration represents two major sources of stress, (1) family dislocation, fragmentation and reconstruction, and (2) culture change for individuals and across generations. The process of immigration and resettlement can be relatively uncomplicated or, in some cases, very complicated with added difficulties such as experiences of trauma, acculturation stress, and substance use.
The purpose of this symposium is to provide a forum where behavioral health professionals can learn about, and speak about these added difficulties as they relate to the process of immigration.


  1. Identify sociodemographic information relevant to the immigration experience among Hispanics and Latinos.
  2. Recognize the importance of assessing trauma experiences and related symptoms that may have resulted from experiences prior to, during, or after the immigration process.
  3. Consider recent research data in the application of culturally responsive models to substance use treatment.
  4. Identify the intersection between immigration, trauma experiences, and substance use.


Latinos Journey to the US: Immigration, Trauma & Substance Use
The Price of the American Dream
Panel "The Effects of Acculturation Stress on Well Being in Hispanic Immigrant Communities"
Panel "The Intersection between Immigration and Trauma: Considering Culture in Behavioral Health Interventions"
Latino Immigration: A Psychological Examination of Culture and Trauma


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                    USC School of Social Work

Universidad Central del Caribe

Latinas in Recovery:

Understanding the Evidence to Bridge the Gap
in Service Disparities




Gender has been identified as a determinant of health. Gender differences are found in mental illness patterns as well as substance use, and co-occurrence patterns. Gender acquired risks are multiple and interconnected. Many arise from women’s greater exposure to poverty, discrimination, violence, and socioeconomic disadvantages. Women constitute around 70% of the world’s poor and earn significantly less than men when in paid work. For Latinas, minority status may further contribute to experiences regarding diagnosis, access, and use of behavioral health services. Given that women experience higher levels of poverty, discrimination and gender violence, and that gender may play an important role in behavioral health experiences, the importance of looking at gender as a determinant of health seems evident. This symposium will examine the existing evidence on gender disparities as they related to access and treatment of Latinas in recovery who belong to other sub attended populations.  


  1. Understand disparities in behavioral health access and treatment and its relationship to gender.
  2. Identify the complexities in understanding and treating Latinas in recovery who belong to other sub attended populations. 
  3. Promote the formulation and implementation of behavioral health care services that address Latinas’ needs.


The Symposium is open to social workers, addiction counselors, therapists, psychologists, case managers, physicians, educators, administrators, and other people interested in learning more about behavioral health disparities affecting diverse Hispanic and Latino women population.  


Latinas in the Recovery Movement
Ivette A. Torres, M.Ed., M.S.
Monica Ulibarri, PhD
JoAnne Keatley, MSW
Maite Mena, PsyD
Latinas in Recovery: Multiple Perspectives
Iliana Ojeda-Rivera, M.Ed., CADC, LADC 1
Elizabeth Sánchez
Sandra Munier, LCSW, MSW, CADC, LADC 1

Continuing Education

Five (5) CEUs/Contact Hours will be available for the conference. CEUs and Contact hours are offered through the following authorities:
FADAA is a board-approved provider (CE Provider # 50-676) for:
  • Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

Florida Board of Nursing Contact Hours

  • Florida Certification Board, noted as FCB, (#A-001)
Attendees requesting CEUs should make out a check to FADAA for additional $20 per person, and mail it to:
Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association
2868 Mahan Drive, Suite 1
Tallahassee FL 32308
850.878.2196 phone
850.878.6584 fax

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National Recovery Month, September 2016

University of Miami
Universidad Central del Caribe


La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) define el suicidio como: "Todo acto por el que un individuo se causa a sí mismo una lesión, o un daño, con un grado variable de la intención de morir, cualquiera que sea el grado de intención letal o de conocimiento del verdadero móvil" (OMS, 1976).
Según la Comisión para la Prevención del Suicidio (2015),  se considera que el suicidio es la suma de comportamientos complejos que se mueven a lo largo de un continuum que va desde la ideación (ideas de muerte, deseo de morir, etc.) pasando por el intento (amenazas, gestos, entre otras) hasta concluir en el acto consumado (muerte por suicidio). 
El suicidio constituye uno de los problemas de mayor impacto en la salud pública a nivel mundial. A pesar del aumento en las investigaciones y los conocimientos acerca del suicidio y su prevención, el tabú y estigma alrededor del suicidio persiste.
En Puerto Rico, el suicidio es la tercera causa de muerte violenta entre los varones de 30 a 64 años de edad y se ubica en la octava posición dentro de las principales causas de muerte en la Isla. Desde el año 2000 hasta el 2015 han ocurrido 4,960 muertes por suicidio en Puerto Rico, para un promedio anual de 316 suicidios. Esto equivale a una tasa promedio de 8.4 muertes por suicidio por cada 100,000 habitantes (Instituto de Ciencias Forenses, 2015; CPS, 2015).


Compartir información clínica y de investigación que evidencian las conductas suicidas como un problema de salud pública y describir estrategias de prevención e intervención basadas en evidencia científica.


Se espera que durante la actividad los participantes:
1. Conozcan los datos epidemiológicos relacionados a conductas suicidas en Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos.
2. Identifiquen factores de riesgo para conductas suicidas.
3. Discutan estrategias de prevención para conductas suicidas.
4. Reconozcan estrategias de intervención basadas en evidencia para conductas suicidas en niños, adolescentes, adultos y militares.

Temas y Deponentes

Presentaciones completamente en español.


Presentación Magistral:

Suicidio en Poblaciones Hispanas y Latinas

Luis Zayas, PhD- Decano Escuela de Trabajo Social-Universidad de Texas en Austin

Ponencias informativas:

Suicidio en Puerto Rico

Alicia Menéndez, PhD - Directora Ejecutiva- Comisión para la Prevención del Suicidio- Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico

Programa Integrado de Intervención en Crisis PIIC

Monserrate Allende, MD - Directora- Línea PAS de la Administración de Servicios de Salud Mental y Contra la Adicción

Proyecto AWARE Puerto Rico

Ibis Carrión, PsyD- Directora National Hispanic & Latino ATTC

Panel de Discusión:

Prevención e Intervención de los Intentos Suicidas: Estrategias Basadas en la Evidencia Científica

Manejo de Riesgo Suicida en la Población de Niños y Adolescentes de Puerto Rico

Ohel Soto, MD- Psiquiatra

Manejo de la Intervención de una Crisis por Ideación Suicida en Adultos

Ibis Carrión, PsyD- Psicóloga Clínica

Strategies on Suicide Prevention At VA

Rosa González, RN- Enfermera y Coordinadora de la División de Suicidio Hospital de Veteranos de Puerto Rico

Suicidio en Envejecidos

Fernando Entenza, MD- Psiquiatra- Behavioral Community Clinical Center