Fundación VIDHA: The Impact of One Organization

Posted on August 14,2013 by latinomentalhealth

Dot here, checking in from Guayaquil Ecuador. It has been a busy, exciting, informative, at times exhausting, and overall amazing three weeks so far in Ecuador! My group and I spent the first week doing our rotation at Tecnológico Bolivariano shadowing a psychologist and giving “charlas” or talks on values and conflict mediation to students and teachers. Last week I was at Fundación VIDHA, an HIV clinic that works mainly with prevention and early detection of HIV/AIDS transmission, and this week I am building on this experience by working with VIDHA’s program at the maternity hospital here in Guayaquil.

Here is a picture of an agenda book they sell as a fundraiser every year.
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Maternidad Sotomayor

Posted on August 08,2013 by latinomentalhealth

Buenas from Ecuador! This is Rebecca Stacy writing from Guayaquil. It's hard to believe we are finishing with our third week in Ecuador. Our experiences have been invaluable and we are excited to return home with a new enthusiasm for Latino Mental Health. While I've learned an incredible amount in a short time, I found our rotation at Maternidad Sotomayor most interesting.

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Going Clinical for Spring Break

Posted on April 26,2013 by hmonkmspp

Felix Trede is a 1st year student in the Clinical PsyD program at MSPP. I have had the pleasure of having clinical seminar with Felix all year. Our seminar class has become sort of a mini-family, and we often share both academic and personal triumphs with one another. When we came back from break, Felix told our class about a really incredible experience he had doing mental health work in Mexico, and I asked him if he would share his experience with our blog readers. He graciously answered my interview questions, despite us being in the middle of finals.

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60 Seconds of Impossibility

Posted on February 08,2013 by hmonkmspp

I am part of the Latino Mental Health Program, and my first class in the program is Introduction to Latino Culture. Our first assignment is to create a group presentation on the term "latino." The challenge: we only have 60-seconds to present. How in the world do you define an entire group of rich and unique cultures in one minute? Here's the other difficult part: my group is the only one in the class that is entirely Caucasian. I thought to myself, "this is going to be impossible."

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Hora de Fiesta

Posted on December 05,2012 by hmonkmspp

Last night, some of has had the chance to have a little fun as finals loom over us. It was the Holiday Party for the Latino Mental Health Program. If you don't know what that is, you can learn more about it here. The holiday party was held in our fancy new atrium, with tons of delicious food, salsa and merengue music, dancing, adult beverages, and lots of socializing that some of us busy students aren't really getting at the moment.

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Final Reflections of Costa Rica

Posted on August 14,2012 by latinomentalhealth

This is Becca W, Valerie, and Zach checking in and writing their last entry from Costa Rica.

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Education in Ecuador: Week three by Carla

Posted on August 13,2012 by latinomentalhealth

Three weeks into our experience in Ecuador and our group spent time in an elementary school. The classrooms were divided by grades but there were no windows and the doors opened to a courtyard shared by everyone. The teachers were eager to have MSPP students evaluating some of their children. We were limited in the time we spent evaluating each child with each visit lasting about thirty minutes. With so much work to be done, I hope that our experience this year can be built upon by future Latino Mental Health participants. Similar to my experience at the Crecer Foundation, my time at the elementary school strengthened my belief that despite all our differences culturally and otherwise, as humans, we have more similarities than differences. The children were playful and fun to spend time with.

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Escuela Velazco Ibarra & Banos

Posted on August 13,2012 by latinomentalhealth

Buenos dias. This is Kelly reporting from Ecuador.

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Juvenile Detention Center

Posted on August 10,2012 by latinomentalhealth

Hola! This is Dot, Brian, and Elena reporting from San José, Costa Rica. This week we had the opportunity to take a tour of the largest juvenile detention center in Costa Rica and learn more about the Costa Rican justice system. The center houses over 200 inmates, nearly all of which are male. Although it is a juvenile facility, minors who turn 18 during their sentence are permitted to finish out their term at the center. Therefore, this center is home to 12 year old inmates as well as some in their late 20s. Our guide described some of the challenges posed by having such a wide range of ages in one facility. Not only are there different living quarters for minors and adults, but they also make an effort to keep them separate during most daily activities. She informed us that they are hoping that the law will be revised soon, as it is very difficult to meet the educational, medical, and psychological needs of such a wide range of ages.

Another interesting fact that we learned about the Costa Rican justice system is that, unlike in the United States, there is no such thing as a “life sentence” in Costa Rica. The maximum sentence for any crime committed by an adult is 50 years in prison, and the maximum sentence for any crime committed by a minor is 15 years in prison. We were somewhat surprised to hear that the two most common crimes that had landed juveniles in the detention center were robbery and homicide. However, our guide explained to us that because the maximum penalty is so much less severe for minors, it is not uncommon for children to be paid by adults to commit homicides.

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Mental Health in Costa Rica: Week 3

Posted on August 09,2012 by latinomentalhealth

Hola from Costa Rica! This is Becca W, Valerie, and Zach checking in.

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