Friday, January 19th, 2018

POSTPONED: Individual Identities: LGBTI Refugees


Please note these trainings have been postponed. NPCT will be in touch with any updates.


These trainings have been postponed. NPCT will be in touch with any updates.


Webinar Objectives

1) Discuss the importance of acknowledging and supporting individual identities among refugee populations, specifically LGBTI identities
2) Explore culturally responsive approaches for resettlement staff working with LGBTI refugees
3) Describe trauma informed and LGBTI affirmative practices that service providers can incorporate

Case Study Objectives

1) Offer therapeutic approaches and recommendations when working with refugee clients who have identified as LGBTI
2) Discuss cultural nuances among refugee groups that may influence engagement and access to mental health services

Submission Guidelines*

Submit your case study today! These presentations will focus on the clinical aspects of your cases, offering therapeutic modalities and techniques. To help foster an intimate dialogue with our subject matter expert, space is limited to 40 registrants.

When registering, submit a brief description of a case example that includes working with a refugee client who may identify as LGBTI and/or face challenges related to sexual orientation or gender identity. Submission can be of a current or former client and should include the following basic information:

  • Age
  • Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
  • Country of origin
  • Date of arrival to the U.S.
  • Immigration status
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Client strengths
  • Client challenges
  • Client community/familial supports
  • Mental health concerns
  • Focus of treatment
  • Brief description of your primary concern/challenge

*Please avoid sharing identifiable client information (full name, alien ID, etc.) to protect client privacy rights.

Subject Matter Experts

Isabelle Darling, LCSWA

Isabelle Swan-Mae Darling is the contracted Clinical Lead serving as a mental health consultant for the National Partnership for Community Training Program. Isabelle was raised in New York, educated in Massachusetts, and currently resides in North Carolina. Isabelle has worked with refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of torture for over 15 years. After receiving her BA at Hampshire College, where she focused on the racial identity development of African refugees, she worked in various roles advocating for communities impacted by trauma. Her passion working with survivors of trauma has brought her across the globe where she assisted behavioral health teams in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, co-organized an international conference on social development in Uganda, and served as a Case Manager, group facilitator, and Interim Director at the refugee resettlement site International Institute of Lowell. Isabelle Darling received her MSW from Simmons College with a specialization in trauma treatment. Her social work education focused on the survivor of torture experience through her work with the Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights at Boston Medical Center. Isabelle Darling is a forever student of those that face violence and choose a path of peace.

Edward Alessi, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Alessi’s research aims to improve understanding of stress and trauma among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations and enhance clinical practice with LGBT and other marginalized populations. His research has been published in journals such as Psychological Trauma, Child Abuse & Neglect, Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Research, and The Journal of Sex Research. Dr. Alessi’s most recent study explored trauma and resilience in LGBT individuals who obtained refugee/asylee status in the United States or Canada due to persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. He served as guest editor for the Clinical Social Work Journal’s first special issue on Clinical Practice with LGBTQ Populations. Dr. Alessi has also been recognized by Rutgers students for his teaching. He received the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award four years in a row (2013-16) and the Innovative and Creative Teaching Award in 2012. A clinical social worker since 2001, he has worked primarily in outpatient mental health and has been an independent practitioner since 2004.

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