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SAVE THE DATE: 2016 National Latina/o Psychological Association Conference

The National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA) is a national organization of mental health professionals, academics, researchers, and students whose objective is to generate and advance psychological knowledge and foster its effective application for the benefit of Latinas/os.

NLPA’s membership represents a rich diversity of national background, ethnicity, cultural origin, religious tradition, and political ideolog. We work in a wide range of professional and academic settings.

The theme and logo of our conference want to inspire and mobilize our participants to advocate for all Latinas/os through a social justice and liberation psychology lense. We seek to inform and provide tools to address the needs of our Latina/o individuals, families, and communities.

Our 2016 Conferencia will take place at the beautiful Orlando World Center Marriott Resort. Enjoy award winning restaurants, multiple pools, full service spa, 18 holes championship golf course, and many other amenities for the entire family! The hotel is also conveniently located near Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld Orlando.

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Research Fellowship Program

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families is a hub of research to improve the lives of low income Hispanic children and families across three research priority areas —(1) poverty reduction and self-sufficiency, (2) healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and (3) early care and education. The Center is both policy and program driven and is dedicated to providing timely research findings, tools, and scholar opportunities to advance the capacity of the policy, program, and research field serving low income Hispanic children and families. The Center is made up of a team of national experts in Hispanic issues, and was established by an ACF cooperative agreement to Child Trends in partnership with Abt Associates and university partners (University of Maryland College Park, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and New York University) in 2013.

As part of the overall work, the Center hosts a research fellowship program. The Center anticipates awarding one to two fellowships in 2016. Interested applicants are required to submit their applications with the following components by 5:00pm ET on January 15th through the web application portal.

The goal of the Research Fellowship Program at the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues of relevance to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families. The spring (~March 15 – June 15) or fall (~Sept. 1- Nov. 30) in-person fellowship is a full-time position; fellows will be expected to work 37.5 hours per week for the full 12-week fellowship period. The start and end dates are negotiable. Fellows will be located at either Child Trends or Abt Associates in their Bethesda, MD offices.

Fellows will have applied opportunities to work on research studies and policy-related projects relevant to the Center’s mission of conducting research and providing research-based information to inform programs and policies supporting Hispanic children and families around the three research priority areas. The research fellowship program is open to advanced graduate students (those currently in their third year or higher of a Ph.D. program). We seek emerging scholars who demonstrate a significant interest in conducting research with low-income Hispanic populations, understand the cultural and linguistic diversity among the populations, and are excited about contributing to the development of better tools and resources to produce more rigorous and valid research concerning low-income Hispanic populations. To learn more and to submit an application, click the links below.

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On Friday, January 8, 2016, Generation Justice began a digital media campaign to address New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Crisis, #NMspeaksCrisis. Please sharing your story and help make this campaign a reality.

From Roberta Rael, Generation Justice Director; and Roberta Rael, Generation Justice Director

As you know, this campaign has been months in the making as GJ members conducted months of research on behavioral health history in NM. The research and preparation phase included discussions with journalists, policy makers, and behavioral health consumers.

I’d like to update you on what we have accomplished so far:

  • Conducted 60 interviews to give rise to stories of how New Mexicans experience the behavioral health crisis. We organized these into 24 video stories. Analyzed and identified the gaps in services we were hearing from the people we interviewed.
  • Formally presented to the Legislative Health and Human Services Sub-Committee.
  • Partnered with experts in the field and others impacted to discuss solutions to the gaps that were identified.These experts have communicated with policy makers about the need to address the gaps in services. We are told that there will be legislation introduced in this upcoming session.
  • Developed a major digital media campaign (#NMspeaksCrisis) and strategy which include a petition insisting that the NM Legislature address the crisis in this upcoming session.

But now we really need your help get the word out and to make sure this Legislative session addresses some of the gaps in services. Here are 3 easy steps how you can help take this to the next level:

  • Sign and distribute the petition and video stories through listservs and social media platforms--Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and other platforms.
    Petition Link:
  • Use #NMspeaksCrisis to promote the work.
  • Go to the #NMspeaksCrisis webpage and encourage others to tell their stories on the page.

Our first video is embedded in the petition and we will be sending videos out everyday for the next 2 weeks.

We hold a vision that New Mexicans can have Comprehensive and Integrated Behavioral Health Services. To help make this vision a reality, sign and distribute this petition widely in the next week. We are hoping to get several thousand signatures before January 19, 2016.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Generation Justice at 505-277-1831 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grupo de apoyo para niños en duelo cuando ha muerto un ser querido.

Para edades de 4-11 años

Empezaran el 20 de Enero 2016

Todos los miércoles de 5pm - 6pm y se llevaran a cabo por ocho semanas. También estaremos ofreciendo un grupo de apoyo para los padres/tutores de los niños al mismo tiempo en un cuarto separado.

Todos los grupos son sin ningún costo.

Registrarse antes de asistir al grupo es requerido. Si está interesado o desea más información se puede poner en contacto con la coordinadora de Nuestra Jornada Susan Hayre o con la coordinadora bilingüe Roxana Meléndez al:

3204 C Mercantile Ct.
Santa Fe, NM 87507
505-424-1800 ext. 21




NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program: Now Accepting Applications for 2016-17!

NAADAC is proud to announce the opening of the 2nd cohort of the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) for master’s level students in the last year of a graduate program with an addiction/substance use disorder program or track. At least 36 students who commit to working with the needs of transition age youth and/or racial and ethnic minorities post-graduation will be provided tuition stipends of up to $20,000 per student, training, education, and professional mentorship.

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2018-2019 Scholarship Application

The Josie Torralba Romero (JTR) Scholarship Fund seeks to honor its namesake, who was the first President and one of the founders of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) by providing academic scholarships to Latino students interested in pursuing a college degree in behavioral health related academic areas.

Scholarship Application