Presentation Title

Emphasizing Multi-faceted Self Care to Puerto Rican Communities Post-Hurricane Maria

Presenter Status

MSW Candidate, Social Work

Second Presenter Status

PhD, MSW, Associate Professor and MSW Program Director, Social Work

Presentation Type

Oral Presenation

Presentation Abstract

Six months post-hurricane Maria, 20 Andrews University students and faculty went on a Mental Health mission trip to Puerto Rico. Students and faculty from the Social Work Department presented various techniques for age-appropriate self-care on a physical, emotional, social, and spiritual levels.

Keywords: natural disaster, self-care, first responders, mental health

Biographical Sketch

Alina M. Baltazar, PhD, MSW. MSW Program Director and Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Prevention Education at the Institute for the Prevention of Addictions. Dr. Baltazar has a master of social work and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies. She has worked as a clinical social worker for over 20 years in the areas of medical social work and mental health. She conducts research in the areas of mental health, domestic violence, and prevention of youth health risk behaviors.

Lianne Wynne, BSW, is a Master of Social Work candidate, with an emphasis on Mental Health and Marriage and Family. Her current field placement is with the Bethany Christian Services Refugee Services as the clinical intern of the Independent Living Program. She is passionate about working with children from hard places and is interested in childhood complex trauma and trauma informed intervention.

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Emphasizing Multi-faceted Self Care to Puerto Rican Communities Post-Hurricane Maria

Six months post-hurricane Maria, 20 Andrews University students and faculty went on a Mental Health mission trip to Puerto Rico. Students and faculty from the Social Work Department presented various techniques for age-appropriate self-care on a physical, emotional, social, and spiritual levels.

Keywords: natural disaster, self-care, first responders, mental health