ERIC Number: ED308435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-15
Reference Count: N/A
Culturally Sensitive Refugee Mental Health Training Programs.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Refugees Assistance Program - Mental Health Technical Assistance Center.
This report, based on a survey conducted during the summer and fall of 1986, identifies culturally sensitive training programs for professionals, paraprofessionals, and others who provide mental health services to refugees. An introductory section discusses the language, cultural, racial, experiential, and socioeconomic factors of refugee mental health and the problems of acculturation. After a description of the survey procedures, the two major categories of training programs are discussed: (1) agency-based programs and (2) university- or college-based programs. Agency-based programs are designed for employed or volunteer staff, and include both the "home grown" type, in which the provider agency designs and organizes its own training program, and the contracted type, in which agencies contract for training from a variety of resources, e.g., individual experts, specialized training institutes; continuing education programs; national associations; and governmental organizations. Within the agency-based category are also formal, comprehensive programs which engage the entire provider system and staff and the refugee communities in a single coordinated training effort; one example of such a program is briefly described. Next described is the university and college-based program category which emphasizes academic and professional or vocational development, including pre-service professional training and continuing education. Attached are the summary reports on selected refugee mental health training programs, a selected list of national and regional organizations, a brief concept paper on clinical training for refugee-specific primary care, and a selected bibliography on refugee mental health training. (TE)
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Intercultural Programs, Job Training, Mental Health Programs, Professional Training, Program Descriptions, Psychological Services, Refugees, Surveys, Training Objectives
Refugee Assistance Program--Mental Health Technical Assistance Center, University of Minnesota, Box 85, Mayo, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Refugees Assistance Program - Mental Health Technical Assistance Center.