Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Overcoming A Violent Past: Understanding the Prevalence of Domestic Violence in Post Conflict Communities

The connections between community violence abroad and domestic violence in the United States are evident by the experiences of domestic violence that some refugee families experience. This webinar will explore how the violence experienced and witnessed abroad integrates itself into the day-to-day lives of refugees, asylum seekers and torture survivors in the United States. The presenter, Serena Chaudhry, will use a case example to explain how the resettlement process can present increased challenges for the structure and well-being of the family.  At the end of the webinar participants will be able to identify commonly associated symptoms such as depression and anxiety, be introduced to possible interventions and learn how to facilitate a cross-cultural conversation regarding domestic violence.

Serena Chaudhry, LMSW, MPH, RYT has worked with survivors of torture, war trauma, trafficking and domestic violence for more than 15 years both domestically and abroad in; Texas, Maine, New York, Pakistan and Liberia. She has also participated in disaster relief work in El Salvador and on the Gulf Coast Post-Hurricane Katrina. She has worked in collaboration with the International Trauma Studies program housed at Columbia University in New York City, as well as with the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston. She currently provides counseling services in New Orleans, Louisiana and volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights providing psychological evaluations for asylum cases. She integrates traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with more holistic approaches to healing such as meditation, mindfulness, breath work and yoga and has found the latter to be highly effective in cross-cultural sessions. Serena received her Master of Social Work and Public Health from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in December 2001.

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