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Florence Saint-Jean is the executive director of Global Trauma Research. Under Florence’s leadership, GTR has two main initiatives: The Trauma Center at Haitian American Community Coalition (HCC) and The Trauma Project. The Trauma Center serves underrepresented people in NYC and tackles major issues, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, gender/ sexuality, relationship issues, immigration, undiagnosed mental illness, and grief for Haitian-Creole-, French-, and Spanish-speaking residents. Florence’s staff works with churches, community centers, and politicians to bring satellite support groups to people who are not ready for counseling. Florence is most proud of GTR’s international work via The Trauma Project—a training program for doctors, nurses, teachers, and religious leaders in developing countries. In the past 4 years, Florence and her team have trained over 400 laypersons.
Florence recently completed a post-doctoral certificate at Harvard Medical School in global mental health: trauma and recovery. Florence also earned a B.A in psychology and English, a M.S. degree in mental health counseling, and a Ph.D. in executive counselor education and supervision. Florence is a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor.