CRM, Sierra Leone, Trauma Team, child mental health, global mental health, global service
I have always enjoyed travelling. I have travelled the world by air, sea, and land--each providing its own unique perspective and experience. Some of my earliest memories are of plane rides, greyhound bus treks, the rhythmic cadence of trains hastening down the track, and cramped road trips across the country. The pleasure and vacation trips were always fun, but what I enjoyed most was travel with a mission and purpose. One of my first trips of this nature was in the early nineties, when as a teenager I travelled to Bucharest, Romania to help build a church.
CRM, Trauma Team, global mental health, global service
#FlashbackFriday: International Behavioral Health Trauma Team offers community resiliency training to St. Vincent & the Grenadines
In December of 2013, the small island nation of St. Vincent suffered a devastating flood. With only a handful of psychiatrists and psychologists supporting the entire nation, access to behavioral health was limited and the government soon realized that it would need to train some of its citizens in crisis response.
CRM, fundraiser, global service, samoa
The School of Behavioral Health has developed an advanced practicum and applied research experience in Samoa for our master’s and doctoral students. During this process, partnerships have been developed throughout Samoa that will result in mutual benefits for the participating agencies in Samoa and students from Loma Linda University.
CRM, Trauma Team, community resilience, recovery
On November 8, 2018, Paradise, CA suffered the worst forest fire in California history. Eighty-six individuals tragically lost their lives and over 15,000 structures burned. In total, almost 50,000 people were displaced. The Paradise Adventist Church was destroyed and the Adventist Health Feather River hospital sustained heavy damage. A few months later, the church requested the support of the Loma Linda University International Behavioral Health Trauma Team (LLUIBHTT).
CRM, SIMS, global service, social work
During the summer of 2018, directly following graduation festivities, I was honored to be a part of a team that traveled to Angola, Africa, to provide health education via health fairs and medical assistance, as well as community-building and networking for the future. Before the trip began, there were many planning meetings held on how best to serve the people of Angola, specifically in Bongo, Huambo, and Luanda. In the wonderful group I was with, the mental health team, our main focus was to provide mental health support utilizing the Community Resiliency Model (CRM).