Improving Mental Health Services for Refugee and Immigrant Children and Families

Using Trauma Systems Therapy (TST-R) to Improve Engagement and Outcomes

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This webinar will focus on improving mental health services for refugee and immigrant children and families. Dr. Saida Abdi will present Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R), an intervention adapted for refugee and immigrant youth and families who have experienced trauma before resettlement and continue to face ongoing stressors. Special attention is paid to the intersection of trauma and culture. The presentation will include case examples and specific strategies that providers and systems of care can use to enhance service engagement and improve patient outcomes.

About the Presenter

Saida M. Abdi, PhD

Dr. Abdi is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. She is a clinical social worker and an expert in refugee trauma and resilience. Dr. Abdi has worked for more than 20 years with refugee youth and families in the diaspora. Her area of focus is building individual, family, and community resilience and improving systems of care responsiveness to the needs of refugee and immigrant communities. She is the co-author of the recently published book, Mental Health Practice With Immigrant and Refugee Youth: A Socioecological Framework (APA, 2019).