Thanks for the great interest many of you have expressed in gaining additional training and experience to serve the refugee community around Alaska!
We have good news! Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (Issa Spatrisano, Director) has received a Social Justice Fund grant from the Alaska Community Foundation to continue to develop the Working Alongside Refugees in Mental Health (WARM) trainings in collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage (Sara Buckingham, Faculty). Beginning in Fall 2019, we will offer free Continuing Education (CE)-eligible trainings as well as start a series of “lunch and learn” consultation groups. We aim to have a video of our first full-day training (Working Alongside Refugees in Mental Health: Clinical and Cultural Considerations, first offered in person in January 2019) available online soon for those not able to join us.
To help us further develop our program, we invite mental health providers to participate in a short individual interview to share their experience and thoughts about refugee mental health services. Participation is voluntary. The interview will take about 30 minutes and you may participate from any location via phone or videoconference. Interviews will be conducted by Dr. Sara Buckingham and members of her research team in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
To participate, you must: (1) be a mental health practitioner or graduate student in a mental health-related field, (2) be at least age 18, (3) speak English, and (4) have experience providing mental health-related services to at least one forced migrant client, like a refugee, asylee, or asylum-seeking client. If you are interested in participating, please click on the providers tab and fill out the contact form.