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Global Psychiatry Dinner Series: "Creating Culturally Relevant Mental Health Interventions for Refugees through Research Partnerships”. Speaker: Saida Abdi, LICSW, MSW, MA.

Creating Culturally Relevant Mental Health Interventions for Refugees through Research Partnerships

Date
May 16, 2016
Time
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Pre-registration required?
No
Registration closed?
No

Location: MGH Bulfinch 225 (Trustees Room)

Saida Abdi, LICSW, MSW, MA, is a clinical social worker and expert in refugee trauma and resilience. She holds a master's degree in Social Work from Boston University, a master’s degree in Communications from Carleton University, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work at Boston University. She is a native of Somalia and a former refugee herself.

Ms. Abdi has worked for more than 20 years in the area of refugee youth and families, developing school-based programs to support adjustment of refugee youth in resettlement and community-based research and intervention. For the past 8 years, she has worked at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center as a part of a SAMHSA funded project to develop and implement refugee mental health interventions. She has organized trainings on the issue of promoting resilience and reducing risk behaviors among refugee youth for educators, policy- makers, clinicians and community leaders. She is trained in Trauma Systems Therapy and is an expert in building culturally responsive mental health services.