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Refugee Mental Health

Jamie D. Aten (editor) Jenny Hwang (editor)

ISBN: 9781433833724

Publication Date: Feb 2021

Format: Paperback

An in-depth practical guide for mental health practitioners working across diverse theoretical orientations to provide mental health services tailored to the needs of refugees. Chapters outline research-supported psychological interventions that can be used in a culturally sensitive manner.

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This book is an in-depth practical guide for mental health practitioners working across diverse theoretical orientations to provide mental health services tailored to the needs of refugees. These needs are felt more keenly than ever as displaced populations continue to grow. Refugees often experience high rates of psychological distress, and appropriate mental health care services remain severely underdeveloped.

Chapters in this edited volume outline research-supported psychological interventions that can be used in a culturally sensitive manner. They cover important topics like cultural humility, issues in screening and assessments, and specific ethical dilemmas when working with refugees. The book explores the ways in which Western interventions such as cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, expressive therapy, and school-based programs have been adapted to serve resettled refugee populations.  

Strengths and limitations of these approaches as well as recommendations for incorporating more holistic frameworks in practice are discussed, providing mental health professionals with a better understanding of the psychological issues associated with the refugee experience and best practices for treatment.
Illustrations 21 figures, 2 tables
Pages 337
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 28 Feb 2021
Publisher American Psychological Association
Subject/s Social, group or collective psychology   Psychiatry   Mental health services   Care of the mentally ill   Refugees & political asylum   Psychiatric nursing  
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Refugee Mental Health, Jamie Aten and Jenny Hwang
  • Chapter 2. Primer on Understanding the Refugee Experience, Aimee Hilado, Emily Reznicek, and Samantha Allweiss
  • Chapter 3. Engaging Refugees With Cultural Humility, Laura E. Captari, Hadidja Nyiransekuye, Jolie Shelton Zaremba, Monica Gerber, Joshua N. Hook, Don E. Davis, Jesse Owen, and Daryl R. Van Tongeren
  • Chapter 4. Ethical Considerations and Challenges to Working With Refugees, Rachel Singer, Reness DeBoard-Luca, and Sombo Pujeh
  • Chapter 5. A Culturally Responsive Model for Modern Day Refugees: A Multi-Phase Model of Psychotherapy, Social Justice, and Human Rights, Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung
  • Chapter 6. Culturally Adapted Therapeutic Approaches: The Healing Environment and Restorative Therapy Model (H.E.A.R.T.), Richard F. Mollica, Eugene Augusterfer, and Nina Campanile
  • Chapter 7. Screening and Assessing Refugee Mental Health Needs, Alvin Kuowei Tay and Derrick Silove
  • Chapter 8. School-Based Mental Health Interventions and Other Therapies to Help Refugee Children Explore Previous Exposure to Trauma, Minal Fazel
  • Chapter 9. Treatment for Working With Refugee Families With Children, Aimee Hilado, Ann Chu, and Allegra Magrisso
  • Chapter 10. Peer, Group, and Community Strategies for Supporting Refugee Mental Health, Samantha Allweiss and Monica Connelly
  • Chapter 11. Integrating Indigenous and Traditional Practices in Refugee Mental Health Therapy, E. Anne Marshall
  • Chapter 12. Reflections on and Future Directions for Research and Practice in Refugee Mental Health, Jenny Hwang, Jamie Aten, and Kent Annan
Jamie D. Aten, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute and associate professor and Blanchard Chair of the Humanitarian Disaster Leadership program at Wheaton College. He is a disaster psychologist and disaster ministry expert. He has received more than $6 million in grant funding to study disasters, trauma, and faith issues around the globe and has been recognized with APA's Division 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) Margaret Gorman Early Career Award and the Mutual of America Merit Finalist Award. Aten also received the 2016 FEMA Community Preparedness Champion Award at the White House. He is the coeditor or coauthor of seven books, including 3 other APA titles.
Jenny Hwang, MA, is the managing director for the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College. She earned a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Boston College and a master's in international disaster psychology from the University of Denver. As a mental health professional, Hwang has worked with refugees from Burma, Iraq, Syria, Nepal, North Korea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Burundi. Her research interests include global mental health in context to disaster settings, human trafficking, cross-cultural communication, and refugee and immigrant mental health.

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