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Building Foundations of Understanding: Stories, Challenges and Hopes of Newcomer Immigrant Youth

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The “push” factor for children leaving their home countries vary, though it is well-documented that the majority have experienced protracted loss, intense community and/or family violence and overwhelming fear and worry.  The lack of reliable, consistent relationships during this critical developmental period in addition to numerous stressors before, during and after the migration process put them at even higher risk for emotional and behavioral challenges.

This initial seminar, as part of a series provided through the PACTS/La Puerta Abierta collaboration, will provide a foundational understanding of immigrant youth who have more recently arrived to the U.S., and discussing ways that we, as providers, can be responsive and most effective in developing and delivering trauma and culturally-informed behavioral health support within our community programs.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of “newcomer immigrant youth”;
  • Increase understanding about the demographic changes in the newcomer immigrant youth community and implications for community providers;
  • Describe the relationship between the migration experience, legal and social status in the U.S. and risk for socio-emotional difficulties in youth;
  • Increase/operationalize an understanding of the complex challenges facing many immigrant youth and families through the migration experience– particularly from the perspective of trauma and resilience; and
  • Identify three ways to improve practice approaches that serve the needs of immigrant youth.
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PACTS agency staff

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Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend entire presentation and submit an evaluation to receive credits.