Las Cumbres' Santa Fe Community Infant Program clinician Irma Torres-Catanach will be speaking at the 29th Annual Zero to Three National Training Institute (NTI) on December 11th. Torres-Catanach’s presentation, entitled “Familias Imigrantes Criando a Sus Familias en los Estados Unidos ¿Quein sostiene a los padres para que sostienen a sus bebés?” (Immigrant Families Raising U.S. Born Children: Who Holds the Parents so They Can Hold the Babies?), is one of ten presentations included in this year’s inaugural Spanish language track offered by NTI to help ensure that the Spanish-speaking infant-toddler professional community has access to high-quality, culturally and linguistically competent professional development opportunities. The focus of the presentation will be the socio- cultural context, migration history, and the historical trauma of a family as considerations that are central in providing mental health services to Spanish-speaking immigrant families. The presentation will address how these services must go beyond considering the relationship between the child and caregiver to include extended family, the necessity of connections to resources, and the impact of stressors in the immigrant community on parental performance. This presentation will highlight these issues through two clinical cases
About her involvement with this groundbreaking opportunity, Ms. Torres-Catanach exclaimed, “I’m excited to be one of the first to be involved with this shift by Zero to Three expanding trainings to those serving the Spanish-speaking communities across the U.S., of which there are so many”.
Torres-Catanach, IMH-E®III, LPCC, serves clients from birth to three and their families from the Santa Fe office of Las Cumbres. Torres-Catanach will be presenting with three others for this particular panel, including Trasie Adams Topple, LISW, IMH-E® III, a former Las Cumbres employee who is currently in the second year of a doctoral program at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Maria Carolina Velasco Hodgson, MSW, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago; and Carmen Rosa Noroña, MSW, MSEd, CEIS, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
El contexto socio-cultural, la historia migratoria y el trauma histórico de una familia son consideraciones centrales en la provisión de servicios de salud mental a familias inmigrantes de habla hispana. Dichos servicios deben de ir más allá de considerar las relaciones entre el niño y su cuidador para incluir a la familia extendida, la conexiones con recursos y el impacto de factores de estrés en la comunidad inmigrante en el desempeño parental. Esta presentación resaltará estos asuntos por medio de dos casos clínicos.
Zero to Three’s National Training Institute is a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary conference that focuses on cutting-edge research, best practices, and policy issues for infants, toddlers, and families. This year’s conference is being held December 10th through the 12th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more about Zero to Three and the December conference, visit the website here.