USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Mental Health

Mental Health and the ESL Classroom
The Mental Health and the ESL Classroom manual outlines concrete steps that an ESL teacher can implement to make their classroom a more effective teaching environment, as well as a welcoming space for refugees.

Lessons from the Field
The Lessons from the Field manual outlines issues and resources in refugee mental health.

USCRI'S Connections publication existed to promote "best practices" in cross-cultural mental health services.  Connections ran from June 2000 - August 2002.

August 2002  - Resources from IRSA's 2002 Mental Health Conference including:

(1) The Resilience of the Human Spirit, by Dr. Bernhard Kempler
(2) Training Institute Summaries
(3) Presentation with Contact Information and Literature References

April 2002  - Articles in this issue include:

(1) The Body as Voice: Somatic Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy with Survivors of War and Torture
(2) Theatre and Healing: Creative Approaches to Addressing Trauma of Forced Relocation
(3) Telling Our Stories: A Morning of Renewal
(4) Poetry and Journaling: A Chance to Express What Can't Be Said
(5) Music and Healing
(6) The Use of Art as a Stress-Management Technique
(7) AYONG: A Resurrection of an Art Form and the Human Spirit

December 2001  - Articles in this issue include:

(1) When We All Became Displaced People: Reflections on the Aftermath of 9/11
(2) Refugee Flashbacks After September 11
(3) A Response to Dr. Tran: The Many Lives of Trauma
(4) Living with Uncertainty: A Refugee Experience
(5) The Use of Art Making in Addressing Fears and Anxiety of Children After Traumatic Events

September 2001 - Articles in this issue include:

(1) Introduction and Spotlight on Alliance Members
(2) Outside Trainers Offering a New Perspective to a Region
(3) Trainings Available from Alliance Partner Agencies
(4) National Trainings and Workshop Projects: Lessons Learned

August 2001  - Articles in this issue include:

(1) An Interview with Joy Connell: Lessons from the Field
(2) Mental Health Interpreting: A Mentored Curriculum
(3) A Day in the Life of Marie Jose
(4) Language Culture, Memory Intertwined
(5) Skilled Interpreters are Essential for Meaningful Communication

September 2000 - Articles in this issue include:

(1) Detention of Asylum Seekers: U.S. Law and Policy
(2) An Interview with Gay Harter: Assisting Detained Asylum Seekers
(3) The Impact of Trauma across Generations
(4) The Captive Voice: Detention through the Eyes of a Volunteer Visitor

June 2000  - Articles in this issue include:

(1) Group Therapy as an Intervention with Refugees
(2) Reflections on a Community Model of Refugee Mental Health Work
(3) Center for Victims of Torture Assists Rural Community as it Rallies around Healing and Support for Refugee
(4) The Torture Victims Relief Act

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