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The Refugee/Immigrant Experience

  • 15 Mar 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • William James College 1 Wells Ave, Newton, MA 02459


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Title of Presentation:  The Refugee/Immigrant Experience

Description of Presentation: Presentation will provide an overview of the refugee/immigrant experience prior to and during migration in addition to core stressors upon resettlement in the U.S.  Attendees will learn about the effects of trauma with a particular focus on ways in which trauma exposure during childhood can impact learning.  Assessment strategies for English language learners will be introduced.  In addition, the concept of cultural humility will be explored as well as barriers to healthcare for refugee/immigrant families.  Finally, strategies to address identified barriers and enhance engagement will be unpacked.

Goals of Presentation: See objectives below:

  • Objective 1:   Enhance understanding of the refugee/immigrant experience prior to, during, and after migration.
  • Objective 2:  Consider aspects of trauma in a refugee/immigrant family’s experience and its impact upon functioning.
  • Objective 3:  Enhance understanding of the needs of English language learners to inform assessment strategies.
  • Objective 4:  Understand the importance of cultural humility and its role in healthcare.
  • Objective 5:  Recognize barriers to healthcare for refugee/immigrant families, and acquire strategies for engaging these families in care.

Presenter’s Name:  Emma Cardeli, Ph.D.

Brief Biographical Sketch:  Dr. Emma Cardeli is a Research Associate at the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center (RTRC) at Boston Children’s Hospital, an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and a licensed clinical psychologist who has many years of experience working with traumatized children, adolescents, and adults utilizing a wide range of trauma-informed treatment modalities across multiple settings.  Dr. Cardeli provides training and clinical consultation to various agencies across the United States that are interested in integrating Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees into their clinical service models.  In addition, she is currently Principal Investigator of a research project in Jordan focused on investigating the mental health and psychosocial support needs of war-wounded, Syrian refugee youth in order to inform future intervention development. 

Presenter’s Name:  Luna Mulder, Psy.D.

Brief Biographical Sketch:  Dr. Luna Acharya Mulder is a clinical psychologist and has more than a decade of experience working with children and families with severe mental health disorders in the Boston Public Schools. She has provided therapy to children with significant emotional disabilities, including post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. She has also conducted psychological assessments to children with learning disabilities. Dr. Mulder is Bhutanese and, in addition to her training and experience in working with traumatized children, brings intimate knowledge of Bhutanese culture, language, and the refugee experience. In 2007, for her dissertation, Dr. Mulder interviewed Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, who were torture survivors living in refugee camps. She joined the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center (RTRC) at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2012 as a consultant and is now a psychologist helping implement Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R)



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Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA)
1 Wells Avenue,  Suite 007.
Newton, MA 02459

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