CCC Keynote Address

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Acculturation, Trauma, and Central American Migration in the United States

Speaker: Dr. Sarita Palmer, PhD, LPC, NCC

Central American migration has grown steadily in recent years due to the mass violence and increased crime particularly effecting the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala also known as The Northern Triangle.  The Northern Triangle countries also share a history of political upheaval and civil war that continues to have a devastating effect on national and local economies.  These issues have significantly contributed to the migration of millions of Salvadorans, Hondurans and Guatemalans in search of a better life.  In order to serve potential clients suffering from acculturative stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is imperative that mental health clinicians and psychologists develop a multicultural framework that encompasses the multicultural counseling competencies of knowledge, skills, and awareness. This address will discuss the crisis of the Central American migration to the United States, issues of acculturating into a host society, clients facing trauma, and the importance of psychologists becoming culturally competent. 

Dr. Sarita Palmer, PhD, LPC, NCC

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Dr. Sarita Palmer is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Howard University in Washington, DC. She teaches graduate courses in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Dr. Palmer’s areas of expertise are in College Counseling, Eating Disorders, Multicultural Counseling, and PTSD/trauma.

Prior to her tenure as a professor, Dr. Palmer served as the Assistant Director of Counseling and Disability Services at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus. Her educational background consists of a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University, an MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton, and a BA in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. In addition, Dr. Palmer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor.