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Restoring The Haitian Psyche: Mapping Mental Health Programs in Haiti

Summit Organized by Rebati Sante Mentale Inc, in collaboration with University of Miami, School of Education and Human Development,

Coral Gables American Psychiatric Association (OMNA) on Tour

June 7-8, 2013


In response to the earthquake of January 12, 2010 in Haiti many organizations on the grounds in Haiti and abroad were galvanized to confront the challenges of mending a broken country, as well as the wounded mind and body of Haitians traumatized by the earthquake. Recognizing the potential for redundancy of plans or projects by various organizations to address the unmet mental health needs of Haitians, and the risk of development of culturally incompetent programs to address such unmet needs, various stakeholders from Haiti, United States, and Canada came together at The first Haitian Mental Health Summit (HMHS) at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, from June 26th to June 27th, 2010 to address such challenges. Rebati Sante Mentale Inc, was created out of the groups that came together for the summit. Rebati Sante Mentale Inc, (www.rebati.org) is dedicated to continue to develop a sustainable collaborative effort to maximize the mental health well being of Haitians living in Haiti, the US, and Canada. The second Haitian Mental Health Summit will showcase activities of Rebati Sante Mentale since the first summit. The second summit also intends to continue to work towards finding sustainable strategies to restore the Haitian psyche and map existing mental health services, and education and training programs in Haiti.


The Second Haitian Mental Health Summit will once again bring together practitioners, researchers, educators, and policymakers for the following objectives: 

1. Share the work that Rebati Sante Mentale Inc is doing with partners in Haiti to address the unmet mental health needs in Haiti

2. Identify individuals or groups who are currently implementing sustainable mental health programs in Haiti and map such programs

3. Generate an actionable list of recommendations from participating organizations about effective mental health strategies for different regions of Haiti that can support initiatives by the minister of health to execute on best methods for addressing unmet mental health needs in Haiti.

Contributors from Haiti, the United States, Canada and other nations are invited to submit abstracts that address the following:

  1. Models of mental health capacity building
  2. Methods for mapping sites for mental health services
  3. Development of mental health training and education programs in Haiti
  4. Models for integrating mental health care in primary care practices
  5. Role of culture and religion in seeking mental health services and in the recovery process
  6. Mental health programs reaching out to children, youths, and teachers in the school system 7) Prevention or support system for providers at risk for compassion fatigue syndrome
  7. Sustainable funding resources to build an effective mental health system in Haiti
  8. Effective administration, management and implementation of mental health services
  9. Mental health and stigma: education, media and public policy implications.


Abstracts must be submitted by completing the abstract template and emailing it to RebatiSM@gmail.com no later than Friday, March 15, 2013.

Notes for Potential Presenters:

• Topics of presentation must be consistent with the conference theme and objectives.

• Presentations should be appropriate for and sensitive to a diverse audience.

• Abstracts must describe the content of the session and method of teaching, and identify

• There is a 750-word limit for abstracts (body text), 75-word limit for the program booklet, and a 125-character limit for titles.

• All correspondence relating to abstracts must be in the name of the main author who will be the primary contact point.

• Abstracts should be double-spaced and use 12 point Times New Roman font.

• Presenters will receive a Notification of Acceptance by April19, 2013.

• All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference program booklet and website.

• Presenters will be asked to provide their PowerPoint slides prior to the conference. PowerPoint presentations will be shared with conference attendees and posted on the Rebati Sante Mentale website at www.rebati.org.

Please submit your abstract by email to RebatiSM@gmail.com no later than Friday, March 15, 2013.

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The Summit will take place on Friday, June 7, 2013, at The University of Miami, Coral Gables. Attendees of the summit will have the opportunity to attend OMNA on tour program on June 8, 2013.


There is no charge for the Summit. Summit materials, continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Presenters will be responsible for the costs of their transportation, and accommodation, and conference registration fee. If accepted, the primary presenter will be responsible for contacting all secondary presenters to sign the Acceptance Agreement Form.

Rebati Sante Mentale Inc, will provide an LCD projector, screen, computer, flip chart, markers, and microphone for all presentations. For more information, please contact us at:

Additional information about the summit and Call for Abstracts is available on the Rebati Sante Mentale website at http://www.rebati.org.