Forced migration and displacement are at a record high. Refugees and asylum seekers are individuals with a history of displacement and are increasingly represented in rehabilitation practice. Many refugees and asylum seekers present with history of physical and mental trauma and have complex rehabilitation needs. It is important that rehabilitation providers be equipped to address the complex needs of this population using approaches that are trauma-informed, strength-based, and cognizant of their migration trajectories. This course will bring together an interdisciplinary team of experts to summarize relevant frameworks and treatment approaches to facilitate clinical care with this population as well as share successful programs for community rehabilitation and service-learning.
Objective 1: Articulate how experiences of displacement and forced migration affect the rehabilitation needs of refugees and asylum seekers.
Describe the principles of Trauma-Informed Care and articulate how these principles can be applied to different rehabilitation practice settings
Identify strategies and resources to initiate and sustain meaningful community rehabilitation programs with refugees and asylum seekers
Identify strategies to initiate and sustain service-learning experiences involving refugees and asylum seekers