Mental Health Practice With Immigrant and Refugee Youth - A Socioecological Framework
Nearly 70 million people today are refugees or forcibly-displaced
migrants. More than half of them are children suffering from the
effects of dislocation and violence.
This book provides a framework to guide mental health providers who work with refugees and immigrants. The authors describe the unique needs and challenges of serving these populations, and offer concrete steps for providing evidence-based, culturally-responsive care. Using the socioecological model, the authors conceptualize the developing child as living within concentric circles that include family, school, neighborhood, and society, embedded within a cultural context. Mental health providers identify and provide targeted support to combat disruptions within any or all of these ecological layers.
Chapters examine the complex ways in which culture impacts the refugee experience, barriers to engagement in mental health practice and strategies for overcoming them, assessment, collaborative and integrated mental health interventions, and efforts to increase resilience in children, families, and communities. The book is an essential guide for mental health providers, and all who seek to help children in need.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1. Introduction to Refugees and Immigrants: Newcomers to the United States
- Chapter 2. Working Cross Culturally
- Chapter 3. Engaging Refugee and Immigrant Families in Mental Health Services
- Chapter 4. Assessment with Refugee and Immigrant Youth and Families
- Chapter 5. Outpatient Treatment Approaches with Refugee Children and Families
- Chapter 6. Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Models of Care
- Chapter 7: Refugees in Our Communities: Promoting Whole Community Resilience