Dr. Jennifer Coloma
Breakout Facilitator at the 2017 Teen Wellness Conference
Identity & Acceptance
Co-facilitator: Lety Arreola-Garcia
How do you explain to your parents that the world you're living in is not like theirs?
When mom jeans and skinny jeans collide, when dad grew up in a different time or place, free of hashtags... how do we communicate authentically while embracing our creativity with respect and awareness?
These are some of the questions we will focus on during this workshop. Reflecting on the theme of acculturation, we will use art as a canvas to break the mold. Join us as we map our cultural journeys toward empowerment and harmony!
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Dr. Coloma (from CHC) leads interdisciplinary teams and provides psychological assessments to get a better understanding of the child or adolescent's well-being and functioning, determine diagnoses, and provide recommendations. In addition, she offers mental health therapy services to families and children 0-18. Her focus areas are the following: developmental disabilities, trauma, anxiety, depression, and ADHD and Dr. Coloma places a special emphasis on the impact of culture. She takes a biopsychosocial approach to understanding internal processes and how they may impact interpersonal relationships and functioning.
Dr. Coloma has held positions in research departments with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Community Behavioral Health Services and the San Francisco Veterans Affair’s Medical Center. She completed her pre-doctoral internship with the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Services at San Francisco General Hospital. Recruited to stay within UCSF for her post-doctoral fellowship, she focused on ages 0-5 at the Child Trauma Research Program, offering Child-Parent Psychotherapy services to families that had experienced different forms of trauma. When it comes to her perspective on mental health, Dr. Coloma believes in empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard in working with her clients. She takes a focuses on strengths as well as difficulties and sees individuals for more than their presenting problems. In her free time, she enjoys teaching and mentoring, traveling, learning about pop-culture and trends, and spending time with friends and family.