David Rosenthal, Professor, Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, School of Education
Susan Smedema, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, School of Education
Xiaolei Tang, Ph.D. Candidate, Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, School of Education
Rozy Manazo, Licensed Psychologist (El Salvador), Servicios de Psicologia de Chalatenango
Cristina Starr – On-ground coordinador in El Salvador
Clare Norelle, Licensed Community Yoga Teacher, Greenroot Yoga LLC
Hannah Fry, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Yahara House
This project grew from relationships and networks developed through decades of work by the Madison-Arcatao Sister City Project. In 2017, a delegation to El Salvador explored medical, educational, and rehabilitation needs of persons with chronic illness and disability and survivors of decades of war by listening to community members. Based on the findings of the delegation and stated desire of leaders and community members in Arcatao, this project will fully implement a relevant, culturally responsive, and sustainable mental health promotion program in the community of Arcatao that was co-developed with community partners. This project will implement long-term, sustainable mental health promotion supports in the region by 1) Supporting Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) training opportunities for local practitioners; 2) Scaling the mental health promotion project to two additional Salvadoran communities; and 3) Creating a generalizable model of localized mental health promotion programs.