Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Reducing Refugee Mental Health Stigma by Leveraging Refugee Community Leaders to Educate Providers

The National Partnership of Community Training is pleased to present the webinar:

Reducing Refugee Mental Health Stigma by Leveraging Refugee Community Leaders to Educate Providers

Refugees face many stressors adjusting to life in a new country. This webinar will focus on reducing the stigma around mental health issues from providers and within refugee communities by leveraging refugee community leaders to engage with providers and relevant agencies.
The objectives of this webinar are to:
  1. Discuss strategies for reducing mental health stigma within refugee communities
  2. Discuss strategies for reducing mental health stigma by providers
  3. Understand the benefits of establishing partnerships between community leaders and mental health clinics
  4. Understand the benefits of performing outreach to state and health coordinators, as well as to agencies, to advocate for refugee mental health issues
This webinar is presented by:
  • Parangkush Subedi, MS, MPH, Health Policy Analyst at the Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • Nancy Kelly, M Ed, Public Health Advisor at SAMHSA

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  • Parangkush (PK)  Subedi, MPH, MS, is a health policy analyst who joined Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in early July from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  At the health department, he served as a refugee health coordinator, facilitating the evaluation and treatment of infectious diseases among newly arrived refugees and immigrants.  Previously, he worked at a refugee resettlement agency (HIAS-PA) in Philadelphia, overseeing initial health screening of refugees as a case manager and health coordinator.  Mr. Subedi has been actively involved in mental health and suicide prevention activities for Bhutanese refugees in various cities.
  • Nancy Kelly, M Ed has had 30 years of experience in the field of education. Ms. Kelly is currently employed as a public health advisor at SAMHSA. She works for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Before arriving at CMHS, she served as a project director and senior training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center, Inc. Ms. Kelly was assigned to work with the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention providing training and technical assistance on the Safe Schools/Healthy Students project and the Tribal Youth Program. She served as Project Director for the Improving Mental Health Assessment and Service Delivery for Youth Expelled from Schools in California study funded by the California Endowment Fund. Ms. Kelly also served in grant programs related to substance abuse prevention and intervention, mental health prevention/early intervention, academic success, violence prevention, and social/emotional well-being.

Building Awareness, Skills & Knowledge: A Community Response to the Torture Survivor Experience

The National Partnership for Community Training, in collaboration with Tennessee Office for Refugees/Catholic Charities, will be hosting a training on July 22-23, 2015 in Nashville, TN for providers who serve the immigrant, refugee, asylee, and asylum-seeking populations.

Many professionals, such as social workers, teachers, doctors, nurses and mental health clinicians, may not have been trained in, and are generally unaware of, the specific issues, treatments and referral needs that survivors of torture can pose. 

This training includes presentations from nationally-recognized experts in the torture treatment field from the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture and the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.

There is no charge for the training, but registration is required.

Please register by Monday, July 13, 2015.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.


Working with Interpreters: Service Provision with Torture Survivors

Work with interpreters should be grounded in best practices, with creativity and flexibility to fit the context. Cross-cultural and trauma-informed skills are critical in interpreted services with traumatized refugees. We can anticipate, manage, and address challenges faced by refugees, interpreters and service providers. Through the use of case examples from the field, this webinar will address how to provide and fully utilize interpretation, modes and styles of interpretation, best practices and challenges.
Participants will gain skills in:
  1. Conducting effective, culturally-informed, and trauma-informed services through interpretation
  2. Identifying and addressing challenges related to interpretation
  3. Training interpreters and care providers in use of interpretation
The objectives of this webinar are to:
  1. Enhance provision of services to traumatized refugees of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  2. Increase awareness, knowledge and skills of service providers working with traumatized refugees
  3. Offer strategies for more effective communication when using interpreters
  4. Offer participants best and promising practices for working with torture survivors

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Addressing Mental Health, PTSD, and Suicide in Refugee Communities webinar

Refugees face a broad range of challenges that can make them more susceptible to mental health difficulties, including PTSD, depression, and suicide. Awareness of Western medical-based diagnoses is fundamental, but providers must also be aware of the ways that distress is manifested or verbalized by their clients, and feel empowered to provide culturally appropriate treatment or referrals.

The objectives of this webinar are to:

  1. Enhance the capabilities of providers in recognizing and meeting refugee mental health needs,
  2. Assist social service providers in responding to recent increases in suicide attempts in the refugee community
  3. Present indicators, warning signs and prevalence of PTSD, depression, somaticization and suicidal ideation
  4. Present evidence-based interventions for addressing PTSD, depression, somatiicization and suicide

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Working with Refugees with PTSD

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can manifest as a result of experiencing, witnessing, or perpetrating torture or trauma. According to the CDC, PTSD along with Major Depression are the most common health issues experienced by refugees (2012).

The objectives of the webinar are to:

1. Enhance provider-client relationships and create more successful outcomes with refugees with PTSD
2. Provide an in-depth understanding of PTSD symptomatology and its impact on the survivor
3. Empower providers in making their own clinical decisions in the moment

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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. [Read more…]

Refugee Mental Health Bibliography

This bibliography is an effort to compile prominent research and literature on refugee mental health, from general information to screening and assessment processes, effective interventions and best and promising practices in therapy, clinical treatment and culturally specific modalities. The purpose of this bibliography is to provide an available resource for scholars, researchers, service providers, students, and community members who work and provide care to refugees and asylum seekers.

Refugee Mental Health Bibliography

Group Treatment at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture: Rationale, Processes and Development

The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT) has been among the leaders at providing supportive and culturally syntonic group interventions for their client base of torture survivors and traumatized refugees for the past 16 years.  One of PSOT’s pioneering group therapists, Dr. Hawthorne Smith, speaks about the rationale behind the initial group interventions at PSOT. He describes some of the techniques and processes that have helped make the group modality one of the more successful methods of service provision at this clinic. He discusses ways in which group participation has facilitated further program involvement by clients in other domains. He also describes the more recent development of a psycho-educational orientation group for newly arrived PSOT clients. A description of challenges and responsibilities for the group leader segues into a discussion of future directions for this promising modality of treatment. [Read more…]

Emergency and Psychological Preparedness: Supporting Survivors and Ourselves During Crises

Many patients and staff have been affected by the tragic events in Boston. The first thing to remember is that we have a common bond with our clients/patients, because we are all affected in one way or another. The presenter, Dr. Richard Mollica recommends how to prepare for and respond to the emotional and physical effects when working with survivors of torture and trauma.

In addition, the webinar, “Emergency and Psychological Preparedness: Supporting Survivors and Ourselves During Crises” addresses emergency preparedness and how agency staff can assist clients with their physical and psychological needs when an emergency occurs. The presenter has vast experience in responding to similar tragic events, the effects on individuals previously affected by violence, and the best practices in responding to the symptoms of retraumatization.

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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. [Read more…]

Webinar: Identifying and Reinforcing Resiliency in Torture Survivors

Much has been talked about the idea of resiliency and trauma. What exactly is resiliency and self-sufficiency? How do we recognize it, define it, promote it and measure it while working with traumatized individuals and torture survivors?

Kristen Guskovict will discuss what resiliency looks like in trauma survivors, and the personal resources that facilitate it.

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