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Counterpoints Arts

Monday 20 June 2022

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm




Connect: North Korea






Enabling Resilience: Mental Health Practice in Refugee Communities is Connect: North Korea’s event programme on and for mental health. The events will bring together participants from refugee backgrounds, academia, service provision, and policymaking to collaborate and discuss policy and practice in mental health services for refugee communities.

In this launch event - Enabling Resilience: Lessons from Community Mental Health Support for Syrian Refugees - and to mark Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, we're bringing together 2 specialists who have worked with Syrian refugees - Amanda Aoun and Dr Vivian Khedari DePierro - together to share their experiences in developing a culturally sensitive approach to therapeutic engagement when training refugees to deliver mental health programming.

They will be exploring:

1) Their methods in developing programmes for community mental health, including training refugees to implement mental health programmes.
2) Power dynamics between people who train and people who are trained.
3) Whether a western-cultural bias needs to be thought about when working with non-white, non-European refugees in therapeutic engagement and how the discourse shaped their work with Syrians.


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