Adapting Trauma Interventions for Refugee Families.
Gewirtz, Abigail H. Mohammad, Johara. Orieny, Paul. Yaylaci, Fatima Tuba.
United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
University of Minnesota. Department of Family Social Science.
Vol. 7, No. 2 , p. 2-3
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This article discusses how children may be impacted by the trauma faced by their refugee parents and how evidence-based parent training intervention can improve parenting. It describes a Minneapolis-St-Paul program that has been working with Somali and Oromo mothers to modify and pilot the Parenting Through Change program. The intervention teaches problem solving, teaching through encouragement, effective discipline, positive involvement, and monitoring of children. Key modifications to the curriculum and lessons learned are discussed, and guidelines for working with refugee populations are shared.
intervention; trauma; refugees; parent education; evidence based practice; guidelines