Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Strengthening the Congolese Community: Background, Resettlement, and Treatment

The ongoing refugee crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the result of almost 16 years of violent conflict and unrest. By the end of 2012, over 2.4 million Congolese had been internally displaced and close to 500,000 had become refugees*. Ongoing instability in what is considered one of the most violent and war torn regions in the world has led to large scale trauma and torture.

Since 2000, the United States has resettled almost 12,000** refugees from the DRC, which is comprised of 250 ethnic groups and 700 languages. The diversity of the DRC makes it difficult to generalize about the abilities of the Congolese refugees coming into the US; however this webinar offers some valuable background on the country and the conflict, up-to-date resettlement information, and best, promising, and emerging therapeutic practices.

“DR Congo – Levels of Conflict” presented by author and Amnesty International DRC country expert, Dr. Thomas Turner assists those working with the Congolese to sort out the multitude of conflicting claims surrounding the DRC. Participants gain knowledge of the political and social history of DR Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya.

“Working with Refugees from the DRC” presented by Associate Director for Resettlement and Integration at Church World Service, Sandra Vines gives participants a greater understanding of general resettlement related specifically to the Congolese. Participants are able to identify challenges impacting behavioral health and three ways in which they can adjust their daily practice in order to maximize services to the Congolese.

“Rien n’ est facile, mais tout est possible:” psychological treatment with Congolese survivors of torture presented by Clinical Director at Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, Dr. Hawthorne Smith  provides information on the profound emotional challenges associated with the multiple traumas and ongoing displacement experienced by Congolese refugees, as well as explores and highlights some effective approaches and interventions geared toward facilitating healing, connection and self-sufficiency. Participants learn assessment, interpersonal engagement, as well as trauma-informed and culturally relevant service provision.

See below to view the webinar.


Download a PDF of the slides here.

Download the Information Guide here.

  *  Refugees International  
**Office of Refugee Resettlement 
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