A Trauma-informed Understanding of Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
Hosted on August 16, 2021, this training was delivered by Tigest Coleman, Strengths-Based Training Officer, Switchboard; Beth Farmer, Senior Technical Advisor for Safety, Education and Wellness, IRC; and Dr. Suzan Song, Director of Child/Adolescent and Family Psychiatry, George Washington University Medical Center.
This webinar uncovers key concepts related to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in the context of refugee resettlement service delivery. It describes 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. It 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.
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.
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