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Overcoming Barriers & Improving Effectiveness: Working with Latinx & Migrant Populations

We're going virtual again to keep people safe.   

This year's convention offers psychologists and other health care providers a better understanding of the cultural barriers affecting access to mental health services in Idaho, as well as guidance on how to effectively work with a growing underserved population in Idaho. IPA wants to encourage psychologists and other providers to deliver multicultural and culturally competent care to the Latinx community in Idaho. Nationally-known speakers at this event include Drs. Patricia Arredondo, Edward Delgado-Romero, and Alfonso Mercado, who specialize in working with urban and rural Latinx groups and the cultural obstacles that face both the provider and patient/client.  

Student programming information here.

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  S C H E D U L E   O F  
  A C T I V I T I E S  



 1.5 CE Hrs.

KEYNOTE:  You Are My Other Me:  Psychological Work With Latinx Populations
presented by Edward A. Delgado-Romero, PhD

This session will be an introduction to Latinx psychology in the United States. This session will provide definitions, demographics, and socio-political and historical context for Latinx people in the U.S. Attention will be given to examining legal issues such as immigration and the impact on mental health. The issue of systemic health inequity will be examined in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will highlight culturally informed resources available to psychologists and sources for clinical, research and teaching/training information regarding the Latinx population.


 15-minute break


 1.5 CE Hrs.

Latinx-Centered Therapy:  Working From A Cultural Competence Mindset
presented by Patricia Arredondo, EdD

Diversity best describes the heterogeneity of individuals in the U.S. of Latinx national heritage. For effective, respectful, and trust-building relationships, clinicians must possess a mindset of Latinxs that moves away from historic stereotyped images to one that recognizes the intersectional social identities of individuals and familias and their contributions to communities where they work. The presentation will highlight a few demographic shifts across the generations of current Latinxs, stressors such as racism that contribute to health and mental health distress, and the cultural wealth to recognize to engage from a strengths-based framework.


 Lunch break for non-members / 15-minute break for members

 12:00PM IPA Membership Meeting - IPA members only 

   1:30PM 15-minute break


 1.0 CE Hr.

Cross Cultural Therapeutic Work:  An Interpreter's Perspective
presented by Lisa Stravers, LSW, Certified Medical Interpreter

This presentation will help you self-evaluate for the negative aspects of white privilege in your practice and open up to the beauty of cross-cultural service to Latinx people in your community.  Ms. Stravers will share insights on how to work well with an interpreter and identify the therapeutic qualities she has experienced as essential in her 24 years of working with Latinx people and white service providers.

   2:45PM 15-minute break


1.0 CE Ethics Hr.

2021 Updates to Rules & Procedures, Frequently Asked Questions, & Ethical Violation Issues
presented by Helen Napier, PhD, ABPP, & Linda Hatzenbuehler, PhD, ABPP

This program will summarize BOPE responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in providing services and supervision via telehealth in Idaho and across state lines.  We will review temporary rules and permanent rules changes, including Service Extenders and CE requirements.  We will provide updates from ASPPB and review the process of adopting PSYPACT and e-Passport.  We will review input from IPA members regarding perceived pros and cons of joining PSYPACT post-pandemic.  Finally, recent themes of Board complaints will be discussed using vignettes and audience participation.


Virtual Welcome Reception, Graduate Student Research
resentations & Door Prize Giveaways!

TOTAL CE AVAILABLE FOR DAY ONE:  5.0 CE hours (1.0 in ethics) for attending all underlined sessions above



1.5 CE Hrs.

Improving Effectiveness with Latinx immigrant population: Understanding Trauma in the U.S. Asylum Seeking System
presented by Alfonso Mercado, PhD

The population of Latinx individuals in the United States (U.S.) continues to grow rapidly, making the mental health of this population a significant public health and scientific concern. Indeed, the Latinx population in the U.S., grew from 14.5% of the U.S. population in 1980 to 59.9% in 2018 according to the Pew Research Foundation (2019). Further, there has recently been rapid growth in a unique group of Latinx migrants, individuals from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S. This group has grown quickly, with an estimated increase of 131 percent in immigration from Central America between 2015 and 2016 and high rates of growth have continued in recent years despite increased immigration enforcement activities in the U.S. (U.S. Custom and Border Patrol, 2016). This group of Latinxs has garnered attention from scientific and mental health communities because exposure to adverse childhood events and traumatic events are common in this group (Venta & Mercado, 2019), and have serious consequences for physical and mental health (Mercado, Venta, Henderson, & Pimentel, 2019) as well as adaptation to the U.S. (Venta, 2020). Indeed, unlike other generations of Latinxs in the U.S. or other immigrant groups, recent Central American migrants do not appear to demonstrate the paradoxically low rates of mental health problems outlined in the Hispanic Health Paradox and Immigrant Health Paradox (Mercado, Venta, Henderson, & Pimentel, 2019), underscoring the critical import of identifying risk and protection mechanisms underlying Latinx mental health (Venta, 2019). This workshop will address the existing barriers and identify strategies to effectively working with this population in clinical and research settings.  

 10:00AM  15-minute break


1.5 CE Hrs.

Ethnic Discrimination & Sexism Among Latinx Americans: Considerations for Research & Clinical Practice
presented by Felicia Mata-Greve, PhD

This session will review literature on the mental and physical health correlates of systemic and individual discrimination among Latinx Americans. Dr. Mata-Greve's previous research has focused on underlying, modifiable psychological mechanisms that link discrimination and mental health for Latinx women. This workshop will provide recommendations for how to routinely consider the negative impact of discrimination in both research and clinical capacities. 

 11:45AM BYO lunch break - student poster display


1.0 CE Hr.

Working With Latinx Clients: Challenges & Rewards
presented by Edward A. Delgado-Romero, PhD

This session will dig deeper into the issues of working with Latinx populations, specifically examining intersecting identities, within-group differences and research into acculturation. Cultural adaptation of empirically supported treatments will be reviewed. The case of La Clinica In LaK’ech, a bilingual and bicultural psychological clinic in Georgia will be highlighted to illustrate challenges and rewards in working with the Latinx population.

   2:00PM  15-minute break

   2:15PM Student poster awards


1.0 CE Ethics Hr.

The Role of Diversity & Multiculturalism in Ethical Issues
presented by IPA's Ethics Committee

Attendees will review multicultural vignettes to identify how personal contextual factors can influence the fundamentals of ethical practice. We will note common conflicts that are associated with each APA principle and standard and offer practical suggestions for promoting professional practice. Additional discussion on how APA Multicultural Guidelines and Race and Ethnicity Guidelines can promote a conceptual model for ethical decision making when facing situations.


 Convention concludes

TOTAL CE AVAILABLE FOR DAY TWO:  5.0 CE hours (1.0 in ethics) for attending all underlined sessions above


IPA thanks the following sponsor for their
generous support toward this Convention.

  A B O U T    O U R   
  S P E A K E R S  

Edward A. Delgado-Romero, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Services and a Full Professor in the Mary Frances Early College of Education at the University of Georgia. He is also a licensed psychologist in Georgia. Delgado-Romero is a son of immigrants from Colombia and was a first-generation college student. He is a founder and past-president of the National Latinx Psychological Association and former Associate Editor of the Journal of Latinx Psychology. Delgado-Romero is active in research, teaching/training and service related to the Latinx population in the US. He is the recipient of the UGA Engaged Scholar Award, The Beckman Award, the NLPA Distinguished Professional Career Award, The Distinguished Career Contributions to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (Division 45) of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Distinguished Contributions to Public Interest (Early Career) Award from APA and was twice named a Fellow in APA.



Dr. Patricia Arredondo is the President of the Arredondo Advisory Group, Faculty Fellow, Fielding Graduate University, and a licensed psychologist. She has been a scholar in the multicultural counseling competency space for more than 40 years and is co-author of landmark cultural competencies publications for both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). She has also presented and published extensively on women’s leadership, Latinx mental health, and diversity management strategies. Her books include Successful Diversity Management Initiatives, Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinos, Latinx Immigrants: Transcending Acculturation and Xenophobia, newest book Women and the Challenge of STEM Professions: Thriving in the Chilly Climate.

Patricia is the founding president of the National Latinx Psychological Association, first Latina to serve as president of ACA, president of Division 45 of APA, and the Association of Multicultural Counseling & Development. She is a Fellow of ACA and APA, and designated top Women of Color Psychologists by APA in 2018. She is bilingual in English-Spanish and of Mexican heritage.

Her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology is from Boston University.



Lisa Stravers graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1994 and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica from 1994-1996. Since my return to the U.S. Latinx people have remained at the center of my professional and personal life.  After 12 years of bilingual social work with young children and their families, I became a certified medical interpreter and have spent the last decade working with Latinx people of every age as they access medical and mental health care. I am also trained in traditional, Earth based healing arts, now recognized by neuroscientists as some of the most effective techniques for healing the effects of trauma in humans and helping them reach their greatest potential as citizens of our planet. I have a passion for cross-cultural work and have seen white services providers work wonders with Latinx clients/patients.  I look forward to sharing my experience and opening you up to a mutually beneficial cultural exchange that replaces paradigms of superiority, exploitation and oppression.   


Members of the Idaho Board of Psychological Examiners:

  Helen Napier, PhD, ABPP
  Linda Hatzenbuehler, PhD, ABPP



Dr. Alfonso Mercado, originally from Los Angeles, California, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Science and Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and a Licensed Psychologist. His research focus is on Latino mental health, including immigration, personality, substance abuse, and multicultural interventions. In 2019, Dr. Mercado was named Psychologist of the Year for his research, clinical, and advocacy work with recently immigrated families along the U.S. Mexico border. On July 31, 2020 he spoke to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on the mental health needs of Latino children amid a pandemic. 


Dr. Felicia Mata-Greve is a postdoctoral fellow at University of Washington in the NIMH-funded Primary Care Psychiatry/Integrated Behavioral Health training program. She completed her PhD program in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University, and her internship in the Behavioral Medicine Track in the University of Washington Psychology Internship program. Dr. Mata-Greve's research interests broadly include Latinx mental health disparities, cultural stressors, cognitive vulnerabilities, and mental health. Clinically, her interests are in behavioral health and rehabilitation psychology.  


 Members of IPA's Ethics Committee:

   Kevin Kracke, PhD, ABPP - Chair
   Susan Martin, PsyD
   Kelly Davis, PhD, MSCP
   Laura Asbell, PhD
   Walter Campbell, PhD, NCCHC-MH

Speaker disclosures.

  C O N T I N U I N G  
  E D U C A T I O N  
  I N F O R M A T I O N  

This event is intended for post-doctorate-level psychologists; however, other licensed health and mental health providers are welcome to attend.  The Convention is sponsored by the Idaho Psychological Association.  The Idaho Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Idaho Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  

A total of 10.0 (2.0 in ethics) continuing education credits are available to psychologists for full attendance of this Convention.  CE credit may be earned on a session-by-session basis; the credit available for each individual session is listed on the Schedule above.  

Other health/mental health professionals
This convention provides a total of 10.0 (2.0 in ethics) contact hours.  Attendance letters will be provided.  Contact your board or professional association for your specific CE requirements.  

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:  CE credit/attendance letters for each session will be provided only to individuals who attend the full session, pass the session post-test (in 2 attempts) and complete the session workshop evaluation.  

Registrants will receive electronic handouts and log-in information a few days before the event via email.  Please watch for that information.   Even if you are not new to the technology, plan to log-in early to give yourself wiggle room, as Zoom often makes security updates that may require a few extra minutes of log-in time. 

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