Short Biography Anna Maria Mora
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Anna Maria Mora
Anna Maria Mora: Immediate Past President, Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists (TTAP).
A trained teacher, she worked at primary and secondary levels. She became one of a group of locally-
trained Guidance Officers to form a Guidance Unit for Secondary Schools and published a booklet of
poetry written by teenagers titled “Youth in Search of Self.” This booklet is lodged at the Library of
Congress. After fourteen (14) years in the Government Service, she was accepted and completed a
Master of Arts and Master of Education in Counselling Psychology at Columbia University in New York
City, with emphasis on counselling adults and adolescents from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-
economic backgrounds. She returned home and found youth services sadly lacking in communities.
Mariama Children’s Museum & Teen Turf: the Counselling and Activity Center for Children and
Adolescents came into being. It is a non-judgmental, caring, safe, community-based space for young
people to gather, learn and dream. It is mostly self-funded and in its twenty-seventh year. Anna Maria
received a fellowship from the Dutch Government to study “Development, Law and Social Justice: A
Human Rights Perspective” at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.
A published author, with two books “Parents are you listening?” and “Children are you listening?-“The
Importance of Balance in Life and Being a Success.” This latter is a Workbook for Children and Teens. A
Carnival Band was produced in 2016 using traditional hand-held stilts to teach youth the importance of
balance. She produced a video, which is used as a youth-training video, under the title: “Our Culture
Must Teach Positive Values.” Anna Maria is also a regular columnist in local newspapers and
magazines, discussing issues which affect family life, children’s rights, youth, their personal-social
development and potential for success, as they journey to adulthood.
She presented at IAC’s Conference 2004, Jamaica, on the “State of Guidance and Counselling in Trinidad
and Tobago,” and received the Hans Z. Hoxter Fellowship to attend IAC’s conference 2012, Manila, and
The Philippines where she presented the paper: “Counselling to Advocate for the Human Rights of
Children and Young People.” Anna Maria believes that mental ill-health which is plaguing our world
today, can be addressed and resolved through the process of counselling. In the Caribbean, counselling
is still not accepted as the avenue through which citizens can make wise choices and change the course
of their lives, and their countries’ development. I think that education is the key to creating awareness
of the power of counselling to effect change personally and regionally. Mass media must become our
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