Suave

Posted on August 09,2012 by latinomentalhealth

Agradezco mi tiempo en El Rancho. Por primera vez en mucho tiempo la he llevado suave. Estoy disfrutando el memento en Costa Rica – el idioma, la cultural, la comida, la gente, y la profesora. Cada mañana nosotros tenemos clase. A principio con otras personas, y al final solamente yo. Siento que estoy haciendo conexiones que yo no tenia antes. No solo a nivel de la estructura, sino también a nivel de las emociones y sentimientos. No me siento lista para trabajar con las personas en Español, pero pienso que puedo entenderlas. Porque escuchar es lo mas importante en la terapia, tengo esperanza de que pronto puedo trabajar con los latinos. Gracias a MSSP por enviarme (y mi profesora por su ayuda con todo esto).

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Tagged Latino Mental Health

Fundación Crecer

Posted on August 08,2012 by latinomentalhealth

Ya pasaron más de dos semanas desde que llegamos a Guayaquil, Ecuador. Han sido dos semanas en las cuales he tenido experiencias inolvidables, especialmente la experiencia de conocer a tantos niños tiernos, lindos, e inteligentes que por diversas tienen una vida que los ha forzado a crecer antes de lo debido. Durante el tiempo que estuvimos en Fundación Crecer conocimos a muchos niños, el joven más grande tiene 16 años y el más pequeño tiene 9 años. La mayoría de los niñ@s con quien hemos trabajo han tenido una vida muy difícil, la cual incluye todo tipo de violencia física, emocional, sexual, y que sucede en la casa y en la comunidad. Muchos han visto cosas que la mayoría no vamos a ver en toda una vida.

Fue un honor trabajar con ell@s. Me enseñaron bastante. A pesar de todo lo que han vivido todavía conservan su carisma, positivismo, pero sobre todo las ganas de salir adelante. Fundación Crecer hace lo que puede con los pocos recursos que tiene. Desafortunadamente, ellos no cuentan con los recursos necesarios para poder darles la ayuda que estos niños necesitan, por ejemplo no tienen exámenes psicológicos para poder evaluar a niños en áreas como emocional y de aprendizaje. Pero estoy segura que lo que Fundación Crecer hace por ellos los impacta de una manera positiva, les da esperanza y les enseña que sí existe otro mundo que no sea violencia ni maltratos, les demuestra que sí hay personas que los quieren y que quieren lo mejor para ell@s.

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Tagged Latino Mental Health

Recepción en Fundación Dra. Cynthia Lucero

Posted on August 07,2012 by latinomentalhealth

La familia Lucero ha hecho mi estancia en Guayaquil muy agradable. Yo había tenido la oportunidad de conocer a Martha y Héctor en la caminata anual que sucede en MSPP, pero ahora he tenido el honor de llegar a convivir un poco más con Martha o “Doña Martita.”

Me impresionó mucho todo lo que ella y su familia hacen en nombre de su hija, la Dra. Cynthia Lucero. Aquí en Guayaquil, la familia Lucero fundó una fundación en la cual educa y alienta a personas sobre la donación de órganos.

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Tagged Latino Mental Health

Guayaquil Welcomes MSPP Students!

Posted on August 07,2012 by latinomentalhealth

Guayaquil Welcomes MSPP Students:

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Tagged Latino Mental Health

Week 2 (mas o menos)

Posted on August 07,2012 by latinomentalhealth

This is Kelly, writing from Ecuador....

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Tagged Latino Mental Health

Costa Rica: Week Two

Posted on August 07,2012 by latinomentalhealth

Buenos dias a todos! This is Eleonora, Carla, and Oren reporting from Costa Rica.

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Tagged Latino Mental Health

Guest Faculty Post # 2: Latino Mental Health Program Immersion through Centro Ecuatoriano Norteamericano in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Posted on August 05,2012 by latinomentalhealth

Old Cathedral, Cuenca, and horse carriage

I traveled with Dr. Stacey Lambert, Director of the Latino Mental Health Program, to Guayaquil, Ecuador on Friday, July 27th and returned to the US on Tuesday, July 31st. It was a very short trip, but full of experiences that we will never forget. We arrived in Ecuador at 10 pm that Friday, and were greeted by Don Enrique and Doña Marta Lucero, Dr. Cynthia Lucero's parents, and by Don Johnny and Doña Carla Gonzalez. Johnny is the General Director of the Centro Ecuatoriano Norteamericano in Guayaquil, and he is the person who coordinates our students' experiences in their second year immersion in Ecuador.

TRIP TO CUENCA

Saturday morning we went on a car trip to Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador, with over half a million habitants. It is over 7,000 feet above sea level, and it takes between 3 and 4 hours of driving up a windy road through the mountains to get there.On our way, we passed through El Cajas National Park, which has beautiful views and many lakes in the mountains.

Pictures don’t make justice to the magnificent mountains and vegetation of that area. The temperature dropped considerably (hint: do not wear shorts if you are going there!). During our stay in Cuenca we visited a number of sites, including a hat factory where people make hats by hand, several churches including the old and the new cathedrals, and several markets, where we appreciated the hand made clothing and other items made by the indigenous people of the area. During the trip we were able to see differences in climate, housing, and clothing between Cuenca and Guayaquil, which is on the coast. Everyone was friendly and eager to help. We returned on Sunday afternoon to get ready for a long day on Monday.

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Tagged Forensic Psychology, Guest Blog, Clinical PsyD, Latino Mental Health, Counseling Psychology

Ecuador: Week 1

Posted on July 31,2012 by latinomentalhealth

I’ve been in Ecuador for 10 days now. We are living and working in Guayaquil, the largest city in the country. Before arriving I had heard and read some not so great things about the city, specifically in regards to safety. However, while we definitely have to be more cautious and alert than back at home, we have not experienced any problems. There was an earthquake the other day. Apparently the apartment was shaking. I slept right through it though so I can’t say for sure. It didn’t seem to cause any damage, at least not in Guayaquil. We spent most of last week settling in, and getting to know the city and the 3 sites we will be working at. I have really enjoyed working with the children at our first site, Fundacion Crecer. Most of their histories are really sad and I wish we had more time there to make more of a difference. The psychologist who is supervising us there is great, but they are lacking a lot of tools (like testing kits), which seems frustrating. My Spanish is not quite up to par yet, as I have not used it much since last summer in Costa Rica. I’m working on it in our afternoon Spanish classes and am slowly improving. Our first weekend adventure was pretty low key. Note to anyone planning on visiting the Andes Mountains in Ecuador: it’s cold. Bring a jacket, mittens, and hat. It was beautiful though.

-Kelly Klempa

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Tagged Latino Mental Health

Many Firsts on this First Week!

Posted on July 30,2012 by latinomentalhealth

My first week in Ecuador was filled with many firsts; my first time in South America, my first time eating Ecuadorian food, and my first time conducting therapy entirely in Spanish. The food has been delicious and fresh. My host family includes Cesar and Diana. Cesar is from Ecuador and Diana was born and raised in Hungary. Their kindness and hospitality has helped me to de-stress after an intensive day of volunteering at the Foundation Crecer. Mrs. Lucero picks us up each day and drives us to and from the Foundation. Her dedication to the MSPP students and the people of Ecuador is evident in this and other good deeds. In the evenings, I have a Spanish tutor, Sandy, who is also a Psychologist by day. She will be especially helpful when it comes to learning psychological terms in Spanish. Finally, during the weekend our group along with Johnny Gonzalez, the director of CEN (our school for language study), Mr. Gonzalez's wife, Dr. Stacey Lambert and Dr. Nilda Clark spent time in Cuenca, a village in the Andes mountains. The temperature was cold compared to the steamy Guayaquil afternoons I was getting accustomed to. It was great socializing with our Latino Mental Health Professors outside of school. Their support lessens the homesickness. I am feeling challenged by the work we are doing here in Ecuador and looking forward to learning more and growing as a professional.
Carla Pimentel

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In Case of Emergency

Posted on July 30,2012 by jgarciamspp

It would be just my luck to end up in the hospital in a foreign country! Although I came out of it feeling infinitely better than when I went in, I must admit that I was ill prepared. That being said, I am posting this entry to make sure the same thing does not happen to you. Learn from my mistakes, amigos! You will be much better off if you do.

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Tagged Forensic Psychology, Clinical PsyD, Latino Mental Health