Clinical Practice with Immigrants and Refugees
UST School of Social Work: 2008 – present
U of MN Graduate School of Social Work: Taught “Supervision and Consultation” 1989
St. Cloud St. University, School of Social Work: Taught “Introduction to Social Welfare” 1984
David Schuchman, MSW, LICSW, has been in the mental health field for over 33 years, 29 of which have been as a supervisor and manager. He was a mental health supervisor at Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in Minneapolis for 15 years. His primary role there was directing the provision of mental health services to Southeast Asians, Latinos and Somalis. For the last nine years there he developed, managed and supervised CUHCC’s Somali Mental Health Program. He is currently Director of Immigrant and Refugee Behavioral Health at Volunteers of America-Minnesota Mental Health Clinics. He teaches “Clinical Practice with Immigrants and Refugees” at the University of St. Thomas graduate school of social work. He has given numerous presentations on refugee and immigrant mental health with an emphasis on Somali mental health and is called on to consult about refugee and immigrant mental health. He has also presented on cross cultural health, communication and supervision. David has been on the Board of Directors of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota for eight years.
David has been a clinical supervisor since 1982. He has supervised a diverse group of clinicians, including Southeast Asian, Somali, African American, Native American, Caucasian and Gay/Lesbian. In addition he has supervised social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses and mental health practitioners. Since 1992 he has primarily supervised immigrant and refugee mental health/social services practitioners.
• McGraw Schuchman, D. and McDonald, C. (2004). Somali Mental Health. Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies. 4, 65-77.
• Starkey, M., Lee, H. K., Tu, C. C., Netland, J., Goh, M., McGraw Schuchman, D., & Yusuf, A. (2008). Only Allah can heal: A cultural formulation of the psychological, religious, and cultural experiences of a Somali man. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 33, 145-153.
• Egal Shidad (Somali mental health education video)
• Various radio and newspaper interviews on the subject of Somali mental health
See “Practice Experience” above.
Association Memberships & Affiliations:
American Orthopsychiatric Association, 1976 - present