The Impact of Working with Forced Migrants in the Context of Clinical Supervision
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
Houston Hobby Airport
Houston, TX 77061
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Researchers, including graduate students and clinicians in the field, who work with refugees and asylum seekers, are exposed to narratives of torture, trauma, loss, and distress. This training highlights immigration and trauma and the importance of trauma informed care with recent immigrant population. Effective clinical supervision strategies and the importance of self-care will also be highlighted. This training is aimed to bear witness to the emotional impact that working with forced migrants may have on clinicians by describing the research and experiences of working with unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers. Clinicians working with this population need to be aware of the emotional impact of this type of work on trainees and supervisors alike and the inherent risk of vicarious traumatization. The presenters will propose that engaging in reflective practice and meaning-making processes may assist clinicians and those in training connect to and acknowledge the meaningful aspects of their work. These practices may counterbalance the difficulties of working with trauma exposed forced migrants in the United States.
- Participants will describe recent trauma and health research with immigrant populations in the US Mexico border.
- Participants will discuss and explain effective strategies in clinical supervision when working with unaccompanied minors.