Presentation on theme: "Lessons in Innovation for Refugee Women, Children and Youth World Federation of Mental Health 2007 Conference Presenters: Kathleen Connors, Ph.D. –Georgia."— Presentation transcript:
Lessons in Innovation for Refugee Women, Children and Youth World Federation of Mental Health 2007 Conference Presenters: Kathleen Connors, Ph.D. –Georgia Coalition for Refugee Mental Health Monica McGannon, LCSW – DeKalb County Community Services Board Jeff Atkinson, LPC – Co-founder/lead Therapist- Attachment and Bonding Center of Atlanta, LLC
Summary of Pilot Program and Lessons Learned (Kathleen) Collaborative inter-agency orientation: DFCS, Juvenile Justice, Community Mental Health, Immigration, Private in-home therapy provider, Food Bank, Schools, Refugee Centers Collaborative Approach Partnering of professionals as a treatment teamComplimentary Training for treatment team (i.e., case workers, clinicians, interpreters, etc)- A must for all professionals involved in working with the refugee families. Seven different countries represented.
Treating Refugee Women (Monica) Women from 10-12 countries represented on caseload (Liberia, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Sierra Leon, Ethiopia, Sudan). Engagement session. Treatment interventions for Refugee Mothers. Transitioning of Families
Treating refugee Children (Jeff) Summary of demographics. Summary of Mental Health Disorders Summary of Outcome Treatment Interventions Cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, solution-focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Outreach to the school Hospital coordination Discharge Planning
Factors in success of treatment for youth Consistency in service delivery. Clients wanted to change. Parents supportive of Treatment Faith in therapist and outcome of treatment. Cultural Diversity training of providers. Pre-treatment improvement. Inter-agency treatment approach. Outreach to schools.
Kathleen Connors, Ph.D. –Georgia Coalition for Refugee Mental Health firstname.lastname@example.org Monica McGannon – DeKalb County Community Services Board email@example.com Jeff Atkinson, LPC – Co-founder/lead Therapist- Attachment and Bonding Center of Atlanta, LLC firstname.lastname@example.org 678-406-9707 Thanks for listening! email@example.com@dekalbcsb.org firstname.lastname@example.org