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Building Trauma Aware and Caring Schools in Support of African Immigrants, Refugees, and Undocumented Students

Building Trauma Aware and Caring Schools in Support of African Immigrants, Refugees, and Undocumented Students 


 


He who learns teaches. ~ Ethiopian proverb 


Workshop Overview


 


An African Immigrant, Refugee and Undocumented school student’s experience of complex trauma (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect, violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school attendance, behaviors, engagement and learning experiences which can negatively impact their educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviors can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators. Consequently, it is highly imperative to understand the role of trauma in behavioral, social, and cognitive problems and in creating a school environment where African Immigrants, Refugees, and Undocumented Students affected by trauma can succeed.


This workshop is designed to help teachers, school social workers, counselors, school librarians, school nurses, volunteers, agencies and service providers working with immigrants, refugees, and undocumented students in the school system to recognize and respond appropriately to trauma so that the school system will not re-traumatize them. Information about available resources and community services/supports will be provided.


 


Target Audience


Nurses | Social Workers | Mental & Behavioral Health Care Practitioners |Other Health Care Professionals | Health Educators | Librarians & Library Staff | Parents of Children with Special Needs | Individuals seeking information on health literacy & ways to partner with entities offering such programs


 


Program Outline 


 

8:00am – 8:30am

Registration/Continental Breakfast             

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome from Dr. Tolulope Ola, MPH                  

8:45am – 10:00am

Tanya Young, MA, LPCC. RSS Program Manager, Radias Health, Minnesota 


 


Topic - Building a trauma-informed approach for young children of refugees, immigrants, and undocumented persons

10:00am – 11:00am

Kingsley Chigbu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of St Thomas


 


Topic - Special Considerations for Trauma Assessment with African Migrant Children and Adolescents.

11:00am – 12:00pm

Lunch

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Dr. Richard Oni, Director of Training & Services, Progressive Individual Resources, Inc.


 


Topic - From Trauma-Informed to Trauma Response: The Need for Building connections with Immigrant and Refugee students to reduce Trauma.

1:00pm - 1:15pm

Break

1:15pm – 2:30pm

Nelly Torori, MSW, LISW, Program Consultant, Culturally Specific Behavioral Health Services, Behavioral Health Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services.


 


Panel Discussion - Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity in Response to Trauma in Schools.


 


Panelists 


Mark Sander, PsyD, LP. Senior Clinical Psychologist, Hennepin County, Director of School Mental Health, Hennepin County and Minneapolis Public Schools. Minneapolis, Visiting Scholar, Wilder Research.




Farah Hussein, M.S. LAMFT. Mental Health Therapist, South High School: School-Based Clinic.




Mary Her, LICSW, LPCC. Clinical Supervisor, Amherst Wilder Foundation School-Based Mental Health Programs.

 

 


Demetria Turnage, CEO. Turnage Therapeutic Services, Inc.




Chelsea Williams, MPH. Extension Educator, Health and Nutrition, University of Minnesota Extension.


2:30pm - 2:45pm

Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Samuel M. Woldu, Ph.D.


 


Topic - The Impact of Trauma on African immigrant & refugee school children in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Closing Remarks

 


 


Topic: Building a trauma-informed approach for young children of refugees, immigrants, and undocumented persons.


 


Abstract: Research has dispelled the myth that infants and toddlers are too young to experience the effects of trauma. There is a gap in providing trauma-informed care via the early childhood education system for young children 5 years of age and younger. There is a need for interagency systems development and planning at the state level between school, healthcare, and refugee resettlement systems on how to better support the mental health of young children. Most of these children occupy a very unique position as they may have firsthand experience of trauma, witnessed violence, experienced flight, and persecution. While other children may be born in the US to refugee, immigrant, or undocumented parents and by secondhand experience the trauma of post-migration stressors such as discrimination and the fear of deportation. Unfortunately, young children from refugee, immigrant, or undocumented families are at a higher rate of not being enrolled in early childhood education programs. Children under age 5 are more vulnerable to both the short and long term effects of trauma, due to rapid brain development. It is important to have community engagement and education strategies that would be able to attract and retain families. Trauma can have significant negative consequences across generations; addressing gaps in services available to young children of immigrants, refugees, and documented persons will have a positive and long-standing impact on society.


 


Learning objectives:


 


1. Participants will develop an increased awareness of the need for trauma-informed services for young children of immigrants, refugees, and undocumented persons.



2. Participants will explore potential strategies to improve and expand support for these children.


 



 


 


Topic: Special Considerations for Trauma Assessment with African Migrant Children and Adolescents.


Abstract: African migrant children and immigrants constitute a considerable number of service recipients in schools. Cultural, trauma, and other social exigencies usually confound the objective assessment of these children and adolescents. Using a hands-on model driven by case studies, this workshop will equip practitioners and professionals on the arts and science of assessment with African migrant children and adolescents.


Learning Outcomes:


 1. Participants will examine the complexities of assessments with African migrant children and adolescents.


2. Participants will assess how to derive and implement reliable and valid tools and regimens for assessment with African migrant children and adolescents.


3. Participants will consider clinical and policy implications of assessment and trauma with African migrant children.



 


Kingsley U. Chigbu, Ph.D. is an assistant professor, and the doctoral program assessment coordinator at the University of St Thomas, School of Social Work. His expertise/research focuses on violence, trauma and vulnerability prevention and intervention. Dr. Chigbu has worked with and studied African migrant children and adolescents in clinical and non-clinical settings. 


 


Topic: The Impact of Trauma on African immigrant & refugee school children in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.


 


 


1) Participants will be able to identify African immigrant, refugee and undocumented students experiencing trauma.


 


2) Participants will be able to evaluate the impact of trauma on academic, behavioral and relationship challenges among African immigrants, refugees and undocumented students in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.


 


3) Participants will be in a position to provide support, be sensitive to the needs of such students, and share trauma-informed strategies with people in the school environment including teachers, nurses, administrators, staff, bus drivers, school crossing guards, and parent volunteers.


 


 


 


Topic: From Trauma-Informed to Trauma Response: The Need for Building connections with Immigrant and Refugee students to reduce Trauma.



Abstract: Building Connection is a non-clinical, humane approach and strategies that teachers can use to support all students who are struggling especially the African Immigrants/refugees and their families who have experienced trauma. The demographics of Minnesota classrooms are Changing and Becoming increasingly Diverse, but the Diversity itself does not guarantee that different Cultural Groups are included in the system. While some schools and School Districts in Minnesota have implemented great programs to encourage inclusion and intercultural understanding, there are others that offer Little in the way of practical or pedagogical accommodations for our new or recent Minnesotans. There is a significant gap in both teacher’s preparation and school readiness to support Successful Integration, particularly the African Refugee, Immigrant Students, and their Families. Teachers may even inadvertently contribute to the struggles of students or their re-traumatization, simply by not knowing about their Pre-migration or Trans-migration experiences.




Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will learn different strategies on how to build connections with African immigrants, refugee students, and their families.



2. Participants will learn more cultural communication styles and understanding to work with African immigrant and refugee students and their families.


 



 


CE Hours for Board of Psychology is 5.25; Board of Marriage and Family Therapy 5; Board of Social Work 8; Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC and LPCC) 5. 


 


Progressive Individual Resources (PIR) CANCELLATION POLICY: PIR thanks you for registering to attend our Workshop. We understand that unforeseen situations arise and you may need to cancel your registration. If you are unable to attend, a substitute individual is welcome to attend in your place but PIR must be notified in writing (email is acceptable) with the name and contact information for the person who will be attending.


Refunds for paid events are issued per the following: A full refund of 100% will be issued if you cancel more than 7 days prior to the date of the Workshop. No refund or credit will be given if you cancel less than 7 days prior to the Workshop.


 


PHOTO PERMISSION POLICY: Professional photographs and/or videoing may occur at the Workshop. Your image may be used in PIR printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the internet.


 


If you have questions about our cancellation policy or concerns about your image being used, please contact Dr. Richard Oni at africanmentalhealthsummit@gmail.com