Switchboard is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar open to all refugee service providers, whether working at state agencies, resettlement agencies or affiliates, or other organizations. Please circulate this announcement widely among your colleagues!
A Trauma-informed Understanding of Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
Monday, August 16, 1:00-2:30PM ET
What will this webinar cover?
There is a growing interest in promoting mental health and psychosocial support for refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian immigrants. This webinar will uncover key concepts related to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in the context of refugee resettlement service delivery. It will describe how unique traumas and adversity impact the health and wellbeing of newcomers during forced migration and resettlement, and address special considerations faced by vulnerable populations.
Is this webinar for me?
This webinar is aimed at front-line and management staff of organizations who are interested in exploring best and promising practices related to mental health and psychosocial support programming in the context of refugee services. It will be applicable to staff engaged in designing and implementing practices and interventions with the primary goal to improve the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of refugees. Mental health clinicians are welcome to participate, but please note that this webinar will be most applicable to non-clinical service providers.
Why should I participate?
After participating in this 90-minute session, you will be able to:
- Identify core concepts related to MHPSS pertaining to the resettlement context;
- Understand the impact of pre- and post-migration traumas on the health and wellbeing of forced migrants;
- Apply guiding principles of trauma-informed and culturally responsive practices in your work;
Describe the current climate of refugee services and its impact on the health and wellbeing of refugees, asylees, and forced migrants.
Tigest Coleman, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of experience working with refugees, immigrants, and other forcibly displaced populations in direct service, supervisory, and management positions. Prior to joining Switchboard, Tigest worked at Lutheran Community Services (Seattle, WA) in ORR’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program, where she provided countless client-centered consultations, guidance, and recommended resources for clients, staff, and various community agencies.
Beth Farmer, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over three decades of experience working with marginalized and vulnerable populations, including over a decade of experience in the field of refugee mental health. She has helped design and deliver holistic integrated programming to survivors of torture, asylum seekers, returning prisoners of war, and unaccompanied refugee minors. Beth currently serves as IRC’s Senior Technical Advisor: Safety, Education and Wellness within the Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration unit.
Dr. Suzan Song, MD, MPH, PhD, is the Director of Child/Adolescent and Family Psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center. She provides consultation on refugee mental health with a specialization in issues including depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, relationship, and school/work stress. With a public health background, Dr. Song's holistic approach includes incorporating family/relationships and school/work information into the life of each person and encourages clients to be active participants in treatment.