Clinical practice with Burmese refugee populations: Examining migration context, mental health needs, and culturally sensitive practice
This three-hour workshop examines the context surrounding the mass displacement of communities from the Rohingya Burmese to neighboring countries over the last two decades, current numbers of displaced Rohingya Burmese globally and arrival trends of Rohingya in the United States entering through the U.S. Refugee Program. The presentation explores the current mental health trends among newly arrived Rohingya refugees and cultural understandings of mental health from the community. Culturally-sensitive approaches to engagement and assessing needs will be explored as well as a discussion of treatment approaches and specific strategies that have been understood as most impactful and useful within the Rohingya Burmese community. Additionally, the workshop will explore the role of the interpreter as a cultural broker and critical communicator in the therapeutic process. The day ends with general lessons for engaging trauma-exposed refugees and additional resources for clinicians in the field.
Space is limited. Registration required.