UNDERSTANDING PRE-MIGRATION CONTEXT AND SUPPORTING NEWCOMER FAMILIES WITH TRAUMA

This workshop will focus on giving a better understanding of the pre-migration experiences of immigrant and refugee families and youth, and will provide simple strategies to help them cope with trauma. Areas of discussion will include pre-migration experience, trauma in the context of newcomers, resilience and resources for immigrants.

Participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the pre-migration experiences of immigrant and refugee youth and children
  • Learn simple strategies for working with refugee families and youth

Upcoming Workshop(s): 

 

About Facilitator:

Karen Linschoten has been a counsellor/therapist at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers since 2002, providing counselling services for adults, youth and children from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. She also works as a mentor/counsellor at the Multicultural Health Brokers' Cooperative, providing case consultation and counselling services for families from refugee and immigrant backgrounds and is the Representative for Canada on the International Council for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims.

Participant Feedback:

"Very informative session, Karin did a wonderful job presenting the material - very knowledgeable and relatable."
"A highlight for me in the day was the personal stories of the participants."
"An insight I had was not [to] judge a behaviour without knowing a person's background and previous traumas."