CRCP2011 at a Glance


CRCP2011: Psychological Science & Well-Being: Building Bridges for Tomorrow

CRCP2011 was hosted by the Bahamas Psychological Association (BPA) under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), and the International Association for CrossCultural Psychology (IACCP).

Conference Highlights:


  • Number of participants: Over 350
  • Number of students: 100
  • Number of Countries represented: 37
  • Number of Nations/territories in the Caribbean represented: 20 (Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Dominica, French Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Number of Workshop Participants: Capacity Building: 38; Pre-Conference: 60; Community Outreach: 50

Programmes and Materials

  • Capacity Building and Pre-Conference Workshops
  • Scientific Programme, Speakers, and Materials
  • Community Outreach: Community Outreach Workshop and Public Lecture
  • Social Events: Welcome Reception, Opening Ceremony, Cultural Night

The Caribbean Region:

The Caribbean Region includes the islands of: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Eustatius, Saba, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Workshop Research Methodology

November 15, 2011 - 8:00-12:00Chair: Ishtar GoviaPresenters:

  • Ishtar Govia: Capitalize Population and Toolkit
  • Laura Kohn-Wood: Qualitative Approaches for Ethnocultural Groups
  • Kurt Geisinger: The Scholarly and Fair Evaluation of Tests and Assessments: English Language and Adapted Tests

Materials and handouts
Abstract:Research is integral to the development of Caribbean psychologies and the study of Caribbean populations and Caribbean issues. This workshop addresses the need for additional training in research methodology for Caribbean-related research issues through a presentation of foundational and intermediate issues, ndthrough involvement in pertinent hands-on activities.

Through describing and working with frameworks (methodologies), techniques (methods), and devices (tools), participants will learn about the importance of applying rigorous approaches to research topics/areas/constructs.
The workshop will be prefaced by a general orientation and will end with a discussion-based synthesis and application of the major issues examined during the workshop. The body of the workshop will be divided into three main segments, each facilitated by a different speaker.
• In the first section, attendees will be offered an overview of the issues endemic to Caribbeanrelated research and cross-cultural collaborations. They will also be presented with an opportunity to apply specific tools necessary for work on Caribbean populations and issues.
• The second segment will provide an overview of the theory and applications of qualitative strategies.
• The third segment will focus on test evaluation, offering a description of how to conduct test adaptation, particularly in the context of advances in reliability, validity, and test development work. In summary, participants will learn about and engage in application approaches and strategies with Caribbean-specific and Caribbean-relevant tools, qualitative methods, and test adaptation. In each segment, as well as in the larger group discussions, the workshop will focus on how to ensure that research methods and strategies integrate the realities of Caribbean and majority world contexts while maintaining the highest scientific standards. In doing so, the workshop aims to offer information, activities, and resources geared toward using research methodology to advance the exploration and understanding of Caribbean and international populations and issues. The workshop will provide a forum for enthusiasm and commitment to the development of sound methodological expertise that will enhance the quality of research in the Caribbean and on Caribbean and majority world populations and issues.Learning Objectives

  1. Increase awareness of the conditions in which Caribbean-based and collaborative research involving Caribbean populations and issues is conducted.
  2. Increase knowledge of how to initiate and maintain successful projects and collaborations with Caribbean-based data-collections.
  3. Increase knowledge of the rationale for and issues related to the use of specific qualitative approaches with ethnocultural populations.
  4. Understand the steps in creating and adapting tests and measures that are culturally valid and reliable.
  5. Increase knowledge of “how to” apply the main lessons on research in and with Caribbean and majority world contexts, qualitative strategies, and test adaptation to a research topic/ area/construct.


 Workshop: Regionalizing / Internationalizing the Psychology Curriculum

November 15, 2011 - 8:00-12:00
Chair: Ava Thompson


  • Omowale Amuleru-Marshall: Toward a wholistic or multi-specialty psychology: The challenge of history, culture and global health
  • Laura Johnson: Get Global: Internationalizing Education and Training in Psychology
  • Patricia Todman: Internationalizing Psychology Education and Training: The Psycholgoy Program at the University of the Virgin Islands

Materials and handouts


Psychology is an international discipline and there have been numerous calls to “internationalize” the psychology curriculum to include global and regional perspectives. This workshop aims to provide information, activities, and resources to advance international and Caribbean regional perspectives in psychology education and training among faculty and teachers of psychology. Information about the role and importance of international perspectives are presented from scientific, ethical, and practice standpoints.

Through a variety of instructional methods (presentation, discussion, assessment of current program needs, resources, and guided programme development) participants will learn about the importance and value of international and Caribbean perspectives in psychology education and practice training. Participants will learn specific strategies for ‘how to’ internationalize and regionalize via academic and practice-based avenues. Participants will identify programming needs and a plan for development within their own programme and setting.

In small, break-out work groups, participants will develop an aspect of their education and training programme to include international and regional perspectives. The different work groups will focus on 1) internationalizing academic endeavors including curriculum development, courses, study abroad and research; 2) diversifying clinical and mental health perspectives and training opportunities with multiple service settings; and 3) building international perspectives through collaborative models, specifically working within primary care settings and through a “global health for all” framework. Particular emphasis will be placed on the historical, cultural and developmental realities of the Caribbean region.The workshop will provide a forum for sharing resources and fostering l connections, enthusiasm and commitment to international and regional learning in psychology.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase awareness of the value and need for international and Caribbean perspectives in psychology education and training
  2. Increase knowledge about how international and Caribbean perspectives can be integrated into missions, learning goals, experiences and outcomes in different educational and training setting 
  3. Increase knowledge of ‘how to’ internationalize through education (e.g., courses, research), mental health intervention training, and use of a primary care framework
  4. Assess your/program’s status and possibilities for development 
  5. Develop one or more aspects to include an international and /or regional perspective in an existing programme 
  6. Increase enthusiasm and commitment to internationalizing and regionalizing the curriculum though discussions, fostering connections with others with similar interests, and sharing and/or accessing resources for ongoing opportunities

Workshop: Regionalizing / Internationalizing the Psychology Curriculum, Handouts and Materials



National and Regional Capacity Building

Chairs: Pamela Maras, Chair, IUPsyS Workgroup on National Capacity Building and Ava Thompson, Chair, CRCP2011 Organizing Committee

  • Agenda
  • Participants


Regionalizing / Internationalizing the Psychology Curriculum  - Chair:
Ava Thompson

Presenters: Omowale Amuleru-Marshall, Laura Johnson, Patricia Todman

  • Workshop description, learning objectives, and materials <link>


Research Methodology  - 8:00-12:00
Chair: Ishtar Govia

Presenters: Ishtar Govia, Kurt Geisinger

  • Workshop description, learning objectives, and materials <link>

Culturally Appropriate Treatment  - 1:00 - 5:00
Chair: Guillermo Bernal

Presenters: Guillermo Bernal, Ronald Jean Jacques, Blanca Ortiz-Torres

  • Workshop description, learning objectives, and materials <link>

Disaster Mental Health  - 1:00 - 5:00
Chair: Rita Dudley-Grant

Presenters:Chester Copemann, Karen Moore, Waveney Richards

  • Workshop description, learning objectives, and materials <link>



Workshop Research Methodology

Workshop Research Culturally

Workshop Disaster Mental Health





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