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Diversity I: Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health: Towards Cultural Competence in 2016

  • 15 Apr 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - 1015 15th Street, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005


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The DCPA Center for Learning & Professional Development 


Dr. Yeshahwork Kibour & Dr. Nahid Aziz


Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health: Towards Cultural Competence in 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Coffee & Check-in begins at 8:30 AM

(3 diversity CE credits for psychologists)

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will have an understanding of the general landscape of mental health issues encountered by refugees and immigrants via exploring APA practice guidelines for working with this population. 

2. Participants will understand the art of integrating client's immigration background, including, pre- and post-immigration experiences into developing a culturally competent diagnostic picture and treatment options.

3. Participants will understand data points in need of considering when conducting psychological assessments with refugee and immigrant populations, including the influence of language and culture in the determination of a diagnosis.

The presenters will draw from scientific literature, mass media, client stories, and their 30 years of combined professional experiences to explore mental health issues among refugee and immigrant populations.  This presentation will outline mental health consequences of the sociopolitical factors that produce the refugee/immigrant experience.  Contextual factors that facilitate culturally and linguistically appropriate delivery of mental health services will be explored by analyzing the influence of culture on symptom presentation, establishment and maintenance of therapeutic alliance, and selection of effective treatment approaches.  The audience will have adequate information to understand the context surrounding clients that present for treatment and become familiar with questions that arise when attempting to adapt mainstream trauma treatments to this vulnerable population. Additionally, the presenters will review essential elements of APA’s presidential task force on immigration entitled “Working with Immigrant-Origin Clients An Update for Mental Health Professionals.”

"The District of Columbia Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The District of Columbia Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content."

 There is no corporate support/payment for this workshop.

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