Immigrants & Refugees 101: A Roadmap for Effective Helping

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Join us for a panel discussion and conversation around fundamental topics relating to working with immigrant and refugee clients

Date & Time:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration:

Admission:

No cost: Please register

Location:

St. Catherine University, Mendel Hall room 106. 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN. *NOTE: Free parking available in most lots after 5 pm

Contact hours

Certificate of Attendance provided:  1.5 contact hours

The MSW Area of Emphasis in Practice with Immigrants and Refugees (AEIR) Scholars will host a public panel to support social service providers who want to know more about the basics of serving immigrants.

Join us for a panel discussion and conversation around fundamental topics relating to working with immigrant and refugee clients such as:

  • What barriers do immigrants and refugees face in seeking help to resettle in Minnesota?
  • How does my clients’ immigration status impact which services they are eligible for?
  • How can I adapt my helping approach to meet the unique needs of immigrant and refugee clients?

Download the flyer to share with others: Immigrants&Refugees101_PDF

Panelists

Bula Atomssa is the Social Work Unit Supervisor at Hennepin County Office for Multicultural Services, where he has worked since 1999. He holds an MSW from the University of Minnesota, and a BSW from Metro State. He has pre-social work degrees from Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Belgium.

Nancy Avila '13 MSW is an outpatient therapist at Family Life Mental Health Center in Coon Rapids. She was previously employed at The Family Partnership (TFP) for two and a half years providing outpatient psychotherapy to clients out of the former Brooklyn Park and current Lake Street locations. Before her time at TFP, Nancy worked at Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) as a family case manager, a school-linked mental health provider, and a sexual assault psychotherapist who provided outpatient psychotherapy and facilitated domestic violence support groups for women and children. 

Renuka Jayatunge, an immigrant from Sri Lanka, will share her experiences navigating resettlement needs and what she has found to be most helpful from the immigrant perspective.

 

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.

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