Friday, November 10, 2017

Understanding Trauma in Refugee Youth: Pre-flight, Flight, & Post-flight


As follow-up from today's webinar, please feel free to continue the discussion below!

Refugee youth often face multiple traumatic experiences due to forced migration throughout their resettlement journey. With the aim of better understanding refugee trauma and mental health, this presentation offered a foundational knowledge of relevant theories; case vignettes illustrating refugee youth in the community, family, and school; and school-specific considerations. http://brycs.org/webinars.cfm

23 comments:

  1. Additional language resources:
    You can also search the BRYCS clearinghouse (7k+ resources) by language http://www.brycs.org/clearinghouse/search_resources.cfm

    https://therefugeecenter.org/ RCO has many different languages available on their site. :)

    HealthReach (also found on BRYCS clearinghouse) offers translated materials related to health. https://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov/

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  2. Do any of you have experience about trauma informed approaches in early childhood and preschool settings?

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    1. IRC has a Healing Classrooms early childhood curriculum from Lebanon that might be of interest

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  3. How do you respect family roles that conflict with US cultural roles?

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    1. https://therefugeecenter.org/resources/teaching-refugees/ - These cultural background profiles from experts at RCO may help you be aware of differing cultural expectations and roles.

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  4. Can you talk more about how teachers can better identify when trauma is the issue. What are key signs they can look for? How can you differentiate between a child that is just 'acting up' or really struggling?

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  5. What advice to you have for refugee youth who only get 1 or 2 years of public education before they are "graduated"/kicked out?

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    1. Refugee Center Online has a free GED program for students in those settings.

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  6. Kansas City SchoolsNovember 10, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    One of the slides identified a stressor as being difficulty assessing students for learning disabilities. Do you have any resources or advice on navigating this barrier in the school setting?

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  7. I was curious if any of you notice benefit from formally assessing for PTSD in refugee youth in order to tailor services?

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  8. Are activities that encourage students to tell their stories beneficial, in general?

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  9. Lutheran Community Services NorthwestNovember 10, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    How can I understand and support a refugee youth who is timid to open up and express her feeling?

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    1. Many forms of therapy can be used, including counseling and Art therapy for a youth who is shy or timid. drawing, painting, visual arts, digital art, etc

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    2. You may be interested in a project we did a few years ago: http://www.brycs.org/youtharts/youth_arts.htm

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    3. BRYCS has also highlighted numerous programs within our promising practices database: http://www.brycs.org/promisingPractices/index.cfm that offer innovative ways to work with youth and their families

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  10. What is the first step getting mental health help for kids who clearly seem troubled?

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    1. I work with refugee families and when I find out kids has Truma I contact the school social worker and schedule screening,I attend the meeting to help in translation

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  11. What do you say/do with a youth URM who wants to go back home?

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  12. What advice do you have for refugee teens who think that their parent miss represent them in school. sure. I know a family with a child (14yrs). Whenever he had problem with his school mates, the child expected the parent to relate his frustration to the school authorities. However, they cannot speak English very well. It came to a time the child stopped telling his parent and began to fight for himself.

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    1. Stay tuned for BRYCS newest parenting handbook on Raising Teens in the US which includes conversations starters for teens and parents...the topic of parent involvement in school is covered. We hope this will be released by the end of November.

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    2. Catholic Charities, TrentonNovember 10, 2017 at 5:04 PM

      It could be helpful to have short videos that can help kick off these discussions with parents and youth, anyone know of something like this?

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  13. Students in our school are talking much more a bout experiencing racism. Are there recommendations for dealing with this? Some say coaches, for example, treat them differently.

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    1. Check out our resource list on this topic http://www.brycs.org/clearinghouse/highlighted-resources-bullying.cfm we also have an archived webinar and training module that you may find helpful. http://www.brycs.org/webinars.cfm http://www.brycs.org/modules.cfm

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