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Tools and Documents to Support Immigrant and Refugee Children
Tools and Documents to Support Immigrant and Refugee Children

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Children of Immigrant and Refugees: What the research tells us
(Updated May 2011)

What is the research telling us about the children of immigrant and refugee students in our schools? Learn about it in this updated and just released fact sheet “Children of Immigrant and Refugee: What the research tells us”.  This fact sheet provides a guide to school and mental health professionals on how to build and foster a culturally competent and accessible school community that can lead to immigrant and refugee student success.  It includes information on the impact of language and culture on mental health service delivery in schools, the impact on access to care and includes a list additional resources and information.

Presentation:

Innovations and Cultural Adaptations: Some Key Lessons for Effective School Mental Health Programs. The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools and Dr. Clea McNeely, Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2010.

Previous Webinar presentations:

Promising Models for Funding and Sustaining School Mental Health Services to Immigrant and Refugee Families. May 2010. (Audio recording)

Audrey Tucker powerpoint slides, Successes and Challenges in Program Sustainability

Mark Sander powerpoint slides, Promising Models for Funding and Sustaining School Mental Health Services for Immigrant and Refugee Students

Grace Valenzuela powerpoint slides, Caring Across Communities Collaborative

B. Heidi Ellis. Treating Traumatized Immigrant and Refugee Youth - Part I. Presentation. December 2009.

Judith Cohen. Treating Traumatized Immigrant and Refugee Youth - Part II. Presentation. December 2009.

Audio recording of Treating Traumatized Immigrant and Refugee youth.

Luis Zayas. Understanding the rise in suicide attempts in Latina teens. Presentation. May 2009.

Audio recording of Understanding the rise in suicide attempts in Latina teens.

Yeshashwork Kibour. Language issues when working with refugees and immigrants in the health/mental health field. Presentation. March 2009.

Audio recording of Language issues when working with refugees and immigrants in the health/mental health field.

Eileen Kugler. Helping immigrant and refugee students achieve success: Partnering with families to support student mental health needs. Presentation. February 2009.

Audio recording of Helping immigrant and refugee students achieve success: Partnering with families to support student mental health needs.


Mental health interpretation

Margaret Whitsett. Mental Health Interpretation: Recommended Standards and Best Practices. Fall 2007.

Margaret Whitsett. Mental Health Interpreter Table: Where to find training? What type? What's the cost? January 2008.

Margaret Whitsett. Tips for Mental Health Interpretation: Practice-Based Guidance for Working with Interpreters in Mental Health Settings. January 2008.


Screening and assessment

Dina Birman and Wing Yi Chan. Issue Brief #1: Screening and Assessing Immigrant and Refugee Youth in School-Based Mental Health Programs. Spring 2008.

Building the capacity of school communities to help immigrant and refugee children and their families

Eileen Gale Kugler and Olga Acosta Price. Helping immigrant and refugee students succeed: It's not just what happens in the classroom. Washington, DC: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, School of Public Health and Health Services, The George Washington University.

New York University Child Study Center: Curriculum for teacher training and consultation.

New York University Child Study Center: Manual to assist parents in learning how to teach children about culture in a way that will help them understand who they are, feel proud of who they are and help them do well in school. An ethnic socialization process.


Prevention and mental health services for immigrants and refugees


UNC School of Social Work: A mental health group intervention for adolescents responding to chronic stress.

World Relief – Chicago: Hibbard consultation model: An approach to working with refugee children in an elementary school.

World Relief – Chicago. Mental health screening and assessment tools available for work with immigrant and refugee children and their families.