ERIC Number: EJ963235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Using Group Work to Rebuild Family and Community Ties among Displaced African Men
Akinsulure-Smith, Adeyinka M.
Journal for Specialists in Group Work, v37 n2 p95-112 2012
The number of refugees and asylum seekers admitted to the United States has grown, with significant numbers arriving from sub-Saharan Africa. Given this reality, it is important that mental health professionals are equipped to provide culturally relevant services. This article describes the development and implementation of a group treatment model for African male forced migrants in a large urban hospital. Therapeutic techniques that draw on African cultural traditions in order to rebuild lives, reduce symptoms, recreate familial and community connections, and support adjustment are discussed. Suggestions for future treatment and research to address African refugee mental health needs are highlighted.
Descriptors: Health Needs, Mental Health Workers, Mental Health, Foreign Countries, Cultural Relevance, Refugees, Program Implementation, Program Descriptions, Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Programs, Black Studies, African Studies, Intervention, Group Therapy, Group Dynamics, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; United States