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Building the Foundation of Trauma-Based Treatment with Refugee Clients

By: | posted on: Feb 16, 2018

Date(s) - 02/16/2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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The LaSalle School


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Alliance for Better Health and Better Health for Northeast New York


The Capital Region has a growing population of refugees from Burma, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Sudan, Somalia and other countries where war and strife have forced people to flee for their lives. Behavioral and mental health providers in the region have found themselves challenged by the severity of trauma some refugees have experienced, and by discomfort related to cultural competence and the use of interpreters. This training is a first step toward remedying those problems.

Please note:

This training is free and there are only 50 spaces available. We have limited the class size so clinical skills can be taught effectively.  

We ask that you register ONLY if you are a social worker, licensed mental health or related mental health provider who provides direct therapy to refugees AND can attend the training for the entire day. 

We will work with the trainers to bring them back for a second training day if demand warrants, and on a training for other professionals who don’t provide psychotherapy but work directly with local refugees.

Please note: this event is not appropriate for teachers and others without previous social work or psychological training and who are not currently practicing in the field, or supervising those who are. 

Training Description

This day-long training will be provided by two psychologists from the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture with extensive experience treating survivors of torture and refugee trauma. They will address the impact of refugee trauma on individuals who have fled violence, and provide a holistic therapeutic approach to aiding the refugee patient and specific therapeutic techniques for working with this population.

Learning objectives 

  • Discuss the core concepts of safety, community and strength-based treatment as underpinnings of effective treatment of survivors.
  • Identify the biopsychosocial consequences of refugee and war trauma on the individual.
  • Utilize specific therapeutic techniques to facilitate a clinical approach that is evidence-based, effective, and culturally salient.
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