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Refugee Mental Health Training

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World Relief Seattle

Kent, WA 98032

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World Relief Seattle is excited to host a training on refugee mental health lead by Beth Farmer, the director of the International Cousneling and Community Services, a program of Lutheran Community Services. This training will focus on the mental health needs of the refugee and asylee population, and ways volunteers can navigate this subject while walking alongside their refugee friends.

Refugees can be at higher risk for developing mental health problems as a result of experiencing war, persecution, and oppression in their country of origin. The cumulative effects of fleeing to safety, leaving one’s home, living in refugee camps, being in constant transition, feeling in limbo, resettling in a new country, and living in social isolation, compounds mental health issues among refugees.

Unfortunately, many refugees do not seek or receive mental health services for a variety of reasons: they may not acknowledge mental illness as a problem; they are not familiar with seeking help for mental illness; or they are unable to find culturally-appropriate mental health service providers.

Beth Farmer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She directs the Pathways to Wellness project and is also the director of Refugees Northwest, which runs a mental health center for refugees in King County, WA. She has over 20 years experience as a social worker in both direct service and system change. She has received numerous awards for her work including most recently the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award.

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