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Strengthening Mental Health Support for Refugees in Virginia
Provided in Partnership with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)
September 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am ET
Providing treatment and supporting the mental wellbeing of refugee populations involves an understanding of intercultural modalities of care, language access, trauma associated with displacement and acculturation stress. Participants will learn about the refugee resettlement process and how refugee populations may interface with Virginia’s behavioral healthcare system.
There will be an emphasis on best practices when working with adults, children, refugee communities and a discussion on how to reduce barriers to care. Special consideration will be given to Virginia’s recently arriving Afghan refugees following the American military’s exit from Afghanistan.
- An overview of the refugee resettlement process and points of intervention for behavioral healthcare professionals
- Best practices for delivering behavioral health care services and supporting the mental wellness of refugees as they acclimate to the United States
- Common behavioral health challenges and protective factors among refugee populations
- Systemic and community barriers to accessing behavioral healthcare services
Freshta Taeb leads the Refugee Interventionists Program at Cornerstone Family and Marriage Intervention. She spearheads intervention sessions for clients with PTSD, anger management domestic violence and other behavioral health challenges. Additionally, she oversees a team that implements emotional wellness workshops for refugee teens and adults.
She is also the Managing Director of FT Translation Services. She has extensive translation experience through collaboration with media outlets such as Al Jazeera America and The New York Times. Recently Freshta began teaching Behavioral Health Interpretation courses to mental health providers and hosting an Afghan TV show that discusses community issues.
Before becoming an interventionist, Freshta advocated for individuals and families through her position as a director for an agency providing culturally sensitive services to underserved Middle Eastern and South Asian populations. As a subject matter expert, Freshta has advised and lectured on various topics relating to domestic violence, refugee rights, and holistic health. Please visit her website for more information: www.freshtataeb.com