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Clinical practice with Congolese refugee populations: Examining migration c...

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Stanley Manne Research Institute

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This three-hour workshop examines the context surrounding the mass displacement of communities from the Democratic Republic of Congo to neighboring countries over the last two decades, current numbers of displaced Congolese globally and arrival trends of Congolese in the United States entering through the U.S. Refugee Program. The presentation explores the current mental health trends among newly arrived Congolese 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 Congolese 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.

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