Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Refugee Youth and Families

The National Partnership for Community Training is pleased to present the following

Register Here for: Post-Webinar Discussion

(for school personnel)

Promoting Resilience and Reducing Risk Factors for Refugee and Immigrant Youth
July 26th, 2017
1:00 – 2:00PM ET



1) Define resilience as it relates to refugee youth and their families
2) Describe community-based and family-based clinical interventions for refugee youth and families
3) Share how to incorporate resilience-based activities into overall treatment of refugee youth and families

Post-Webinar Discussion

1) Share Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center’s Core Stressors of refugee youth
2) Discuss culturally appropriate, school-based mental health interventions effective for refugee youth

Invite a community partner to these audience-targeted opportunities that focus on challenges specific to individuals you may work with, such as nurses or school teachers, and offer culturally-sensitive skills for helping refugee clients/patients. To make the most of your valuable time, we encourage resettlement staff and mental health providers to selectively choose which of these trainings (in addition to NPCT’s monthly webinars) are most relevant to you or your community partners.

Space in the Post-Webinar Discussion will be limited to 40 registrants, to help foster an intimate dialogue with our subject matter expert.

Subject Matter Experts

Suzan Song, MD, MPH, PhD

Suzan J. Song is the Director of the Division of Child/Adolescent & Family Psychiatry and Associate Professor at George Washington University Medical Center. She recently moved from the Bay Area, where she was medical director of an intensive foster care clinic and a survivors of torture community-based clinic, and has been a humanitarian protection advisor in war-affected countries for 8 years. She is a former White House APIA fellow and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative fellow, with training from Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Amsterdam. Her work integrates clinical practice, policy, and research through commissioned projects for the United Nations. She has worked in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Haiti, and Burundi with current work in Syria, Jordan and the DR Congo. She has grants funded by the Department of Defense and Grand Challenges Canada, as well as commissioned projects for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and is focused on family-centered resiliency processes for survivors of extreme trauma.

Saida Abdi, MSW, LCSW

Saida Abdi, LICSW, MSW., M.A., is the Director of Community Relations, a clinical social worker, and expert in refugee trauma and resilience. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University and another Master’s degree in Communications from Carleton University and is currently pursuing her PhD at Boston University. She is a native of Somalia and a former refugee herself. Ms. Abdi has worked for more than 20 years in the area of refugee youth and families, developing school-based programs to support adjustment of refugee youth in resettlement and community-based research and intervention. For the past 8 years, she has worked at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center as a part of SAMHSA funded project to develop and implement refugee mental health interventions. She has organized trainings on the issue of promoting resilience and reducing risk behaviors among refugee youth for educators, policy-makers, clinicians and community leaders. She is trained in Trauma System’s Therapy and is an expert in building culturally responsive interventions.

Molly A. Benson, PhD

Dr. Benson is the Associate Director for Refugee Treatment and Services at the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. She provides oversight, training, supervision, and support for program activities focused on the development and dissemination of treatment interventions and resources for refugee children and families. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has experience providing evaluation and treatment to children and adolescents, including those who are refugees and youth seeking asylum in US. For several years she provided clinical services and supervision through the Psychosocial Treatment Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and currently she maintains a small private practice.