The Intercultural Counseling Connection, in collaboration with Inspirit Counseling Services, presents a reprise of our "foundational" clinical training workshop on providing mental health services for trauma-affected asylum seekers, refugees, and other forced migrants. This workshop is based on the Lutheran Community Services Northwest guide "Walking Together: A Mental Health Therapist’s Guide to Working with Refugees."

For mental health providers with limited clinical experience working with forced migrants, this session is required for participation in the Connection’s training initiative and referral network. For counselors already involved with the Connection, this workshop offers a valuable opportunity for ongoing learning and exchange. 

Date/Time: Saturday, March 14th, 2020, 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. 

Location: Loyola Clinical Centers at Belvedere Square - 5911 York Road, Suite 100, Baltimore, 21212

Andrew Kritovich, MA, LMHC, GMHS, Deputy Executive Director of the Ukrainian Community Center of Washington, and formerly Program Director at International Counseling and Community Services, Lutheran Community Services Northwest; contributor to the LCSW resource "Walking Together," upon which this workshop will be based.

Workshop Description
This full-day training provides a foundational basis of knowledge for mental health professionals working with refugees, asylum seekers, and other forced migrants, with attention to both contextual and clinical considerations. The workshop’s initial portion examines the nature of the refugee experience, including pre-flight, flight, displacement and resettlement, and associated experiences of trauma, loss, and psychological and physical harm, as well as post-migration challenges related to acculturation and psychosocial adjustment. The second portion of the workshop explores ways in which these experiences and stressors may lead to or exacerbate mental health issues in refugee/forced migrant clients, and on specific approaches that mental health professionals can draw upon to work with refugee clients and families in holistic, culturally responsive ways. Presentation, case studies, experiential activities and group discussion are utilized. 

This training is presented in collaboration with Inspirit Counseling Services for co-sponsorship of continuing education units, and with the generous hosting support of the Loyola Clinical Centers.

6 continuing education units will be available for eligible clinicians.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will be free for members of the Connection clinical network (i.e., therapists who have accepted Connection pro bono client referrals). Members will also receive priority in registration. 

A fee of $75 will apply for all other registrants. You will be notified of acceptance to the workshop by separate confirmation email, at which time payment will be requested.

The Intercultural Counseling Connection network welcomes the participation of Maryland-licensed mental health professionals who are willing to accept at least one pro bono counseling referral per year through the Connection. If you are not already a Connection member, please consider becoming one!

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* 1. Your first name

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* 2. Your last name

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* 3. Your licensure and degree information

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* 4. Please indicate your agency/organization/clinical practice affiliation(s)

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* 5. Please provide your contact information (NOTE: Please be sure to include your preferred email address, as it will be used to contact you regarding workshop follow-up and details):

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* 6. Please briefly describe your experience doing trauma-informed clinical work.

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* 7. Please indicate any prior experience you have working with refugees, asylum-seekers, or other forced migrants or immigrants. (Current Connection network clinicians may indicate "Working with Connection client(s)".)

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* 8. Are you able to make a commitment to providing therapeutic services for at least one Connection (refugee, asylum-seeking, asylee or immigrant) client on a pro bono basis in the coming 12 months?

(Note: The Connection will provide trained interpreters whenever needed for therapeutic sessions.)

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* 9. Will you be seeking CEUs for this workshop?

NOTE: A limited number of workshop spaces will be available for graduate students in clinical mental health tracks who are available to volunteer as workshop aides. For more information, please contact Lauren Goodsmith at lauren.goodsmith@gmail.com .
This training workshop will be held at the LOYOLA CLINICAL CENTERS, BELVEDERE SQUARE:
5911 York Road, Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21212.

Additional details on location, parking, and access will be provided following registration confirmation.
Thank you for your interest in the Intercultural Counseling Connection initiative. For further information, please contact Lauren Goodsmith at lgoodsmith.connection@gmail.com or (410) 235-2465.