Community partnerships and collaboration both maximize limited resources in serving diverse minority groups otherwise underserved or marginalized. Isolation and disconnection in our Catholic community can be improved by active diocesan and parish leadership, networking opportunities, and specific strategies for building sustainable collaborations. Mental health professionals are encouraged to actively participate in social justice initiatives by providing access to mental health services for underserved populations. In this workshop, you will learn how to collaborate with local ministries as a mental health professional and promote community partnerships within your diocese to better serve minority, immigrant, and underserved populations.
3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation.
1. Understand how collaborative partnerships build community resilience for minority and marginalized groups.
2. Learn skills and strategies for initiating and sustaining collaborative relationships with local ministries.
3. Discover how mental health professionals can be an asset for community ministries.
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Jessica Barboza is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist in the state of Utah where she is studying for her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research interests center around family meaning-making and she is currently conducting research to better understand how these processes impact family resilience. She has facilitated grief groups at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, the Austin Center for Grief and Loss, and the Sorenson Center for Clinical Excellence at Utah State University. Jessica advocates for the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training and values interdisciplinary collaboration in research and clinical practice.
Lacy de la Garza is a Dallas native who holds a Masters in Psychology from the University of Dallas. She has a wide range of work experience including post-abortion healing, arts education, higher education and enrollment, and now non-profit administration. Her psychological research interests stem from both industrial organizational and counseling psychology. They include workplace structure and communication, technology and the modern workforce, post-abortive issues, and cultural issues affecting the family. Currently, she serves as Director of Parish & Community Relations at Catholic Charities Dallas and serves on a number of community task forces and organizations.