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NMSU's International Training Program teaches new perspectives of psychology

The way psychology is practiced varies between countries. With the development of the International Training Program, New Mexico State University professor Ivelisse Torres Fernandez is now able to train students and other professionals in education and psychology, sharing her knowledge and learning from them at the same time.

Though the program is still in the development stages, Fernandez has had the opportunity to train school counselors, teachers, other psychologists and NMSU doctoral students in child and adolescent mental health issues.

"For every educator I train or get in contact with, there will be at least 30 students who will be impacted by that," Fernandez said.

Fernandez received a grant to hold a symposium over the summer to teach the Strong Kids curriculum, which teaches children in preschool to 12th grade how to identify and express feelings, stress and anger management, as well as solve problems and other emotional and social matters. Professionals from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Mexico came to the free, two-day event.

"I've always strived to make a difference in children's lives," Fernandez said.

Her goal with the program is to develop a more global view of psychology that acknowledges the diverse social, cultural and political factors that impact the provision of mental health services in the U.S. and abroad.

"The goal with this international initiative is to be able to bridge and make connections with other countries in order to provide tools that will help them suffice the mental health needs of children and their families," she said