Serving Immigrant Families.
Virginia Department of Social Services. James Madison University. Department of Psychology.
Virginia Child Protection Newsletter
Vol. 90 , p. 1-6
Virginia Child Protection Newsletter (VCPN)
James Madison University Department of Graduate Psychology MSC 7401
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
This newsletter focuses on child protection services for immigrant families. It begins by reviewing the different types of immigrants, some of the effects of immigration, the process of migration and trauma and challenges at each stage, and models for understanding the immigration process. Typical conflicts with acculturation are explored and key considerations for service provision are reviewed. The concept of cultural competence and culturally competent practice are explored, as well as the difficulties in training staff to be culturally competent. Thinking points for service providers are then discussed, including the need to ensure all clients with chronic somatic symptoms be screened for a history of trauma and for social needs to be considered as preventative measures in addition to psychological and psychiatric treatment. Finally, the use of language interpreters, key services needed by immigrants, and future directions for child welfare and child protective services to accommodate the differing needs and presentations of immigrant and refugee populations are addressed.
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