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Models for Practice With Immigrants and Refugees

Models for Practice With Immigrants and Refugees
Collaboration, Cultural Awareness, and Integrative Theory

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April 2017 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Designed to establish a foundational framework for working with trauma-exposed immigrants and refugees, this important work introduces innovative approaches to address client mental health problems while supporting adjustment to life in a new country. This practice-oriented book emphasizes the relevance of Western approaches while reorienting Western concepts to be more culturally sensitive from a domestic and international perspective. Grounded in critical thinking and strengthened by an ecological systems perspective, the book presents six different models for applying and integrating Western theory and related practice strategies for working with individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, volunteers, and local workforces. 

Chapter 1: Defining the immigrant and refugee populations
Key terms

Assessment/Eligibility stage

Post Decision assistance


Reflection Questions

Case Study

Chapter 2: The context of migration: Pre-arrival, migration and resettlement experiences

The Migration Process

Pre-migration experiences

Experiences in transit based on immigration status

Post-migration resettlement: The refugee experience

Key elements of adjustment

Implications for the field

Case Study

Reflective Questions

Summative Points


Hilado & Allweiss
Chapter 3: Physical and mental health stabilization: The importance of wellbeing in the adjustment of new immigrants
Health Considerations

Mental Health Conderations

Lundy & Hilado
Chapter 4: Transnational practice as the client’s process: Reorienting practice with an integrative theoretical approach to practice with immigrants and Refugees
Defining Transnational Practice

Relevance of a Transnational Perspective for Direct Practice

Historical Perspective: A look back at perspectives applied to immigrants

Defining transnational practice as the client’s process

Western theoretical approaches: Current foundations for practice

Examination of methods for adapting practice methods to focus on transnational processes

Implications for professionals

Reflective Questions

Critical Thinking Exercises

Case Study

Summative Points

Chapter 5: The perception and experience of everyday discrimination among U.S. Immigrants
Group vs. Personal Discrimination

Contexts of Everyday Discrimination: The Workplace

Contexts of Everyday Discrimination: Neighborhoods and Communities

Coping with Discrimination: Forbearance or Confrontation?


Summative Points

Case Study

Reflective Questions

Chapter 6: Postcolonial feminist social work perspective: Additional considerations for immigrant and refugee populations
A Postcolonial Feminist Social Work Perspective

Risk Factors for Poor Mental Health Outcomes

Globalization and Global Inequality

U.S. Immigration Policies of Detention and Deportation

Mental Health Promotion through Collective Resistance and Empowerment

Resistance to Economic Insecurity

Resisting Deportation and Detention

Becoming Stronger Allies

Implications for Mental Health Providers

Chapter 7: Practice with Individuals
The Evolution of Practice with Individuals

Central themes when conducting therapy with trauma-exposed immigrants and refugees

Practice considerations with trauma-exposed immigrants and refugees

Culturally-sensitive direct practice with immigrants and refugees

Summative Points


Chapter 8: Practice with families
Literature Review

Relevance of the Family for Immigrants and Refugees

Stages of Migration

Common Problems and Potential Harm with Impaired Family Connections

Provider Response and the Application of Practice Principals

Lundy, Rodgers, Sanchez, Simon & Egan
Chapter 9: Support and psychoeducational groups for immigrant women: a working model
History and Focus of El Manual de Salud Emocional (Manual of Emotional Health)

Stages of Migration and Resultant Difficulties

Topics and Activities for the Immigrant Women’s Groups

Discussion and Implications for Future Groups

Goodman, Letiecq, Vesely, Marquez & Layva
Chapter 10: Community practice
The Meaning of Community

Why Community Practice?

Theoretical Foundations

Community “Best Practices”: Working in Partnership with Transnational Populations Collaborative and Community-Driven

Application of Community-Based Practices

Implications for Professionals Working in Community-Based Settings

Chapter 11: Organizational practice

The Cultural Mergence Model

Multilevel Elements of the Cultural Mergence Model

Application with Trauma-Exposed New Immigrants

Buller, Chankroesna, Socheat, Chanthao, Sreytha, & Hilton
Chapter 12: Preparing an local and volunteer workforce

Setting the context

Ecological Framework for analysis: An integrative approach to training

Setting the scene and planning and building the foundations for effective capacity building

Professional preparation prior to departure

Facilitating a Learning and Training Needs Assessment (LTNA)

Reflective Questions

Summative Points


Chapter 13: Defining Trauma; Practical application with vulnerable and trauma-exposed immigrant populations and survivors of torture
Refugee Trauma and the Challenges Facing Forced Émigrés and Transnational Migrants

Detrimental Effects of Torture

Multiple domains of marginalization

Interdisciplinary Treatment of Torture Survivors and Forced Émigrés


Fong, Wachter & Heffron
Chapter 14: Practice applications with women

Working with Migrant Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Human Trafficking

Working with Women Experiencing Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence


Chapter 15: Practical applications with LGBTQ immigrants
The Importance of Language

Defining sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression

Identity Formation and Practice Considerations

Sexual Identity: The Cass Model (1979)

A Context for LGBTQ Health

Theory to Practice Integration

The Gay Affirmative Practice Framework

Applying a trauma-informed lens when working with LGBTQ immigrants and refugees

Final Thoughts

Summative Points

Benson, Abdi, & Ford-Paz
Chapter 16: Practice applications with Immigrant and Refugee Youth
Children and Trauma

Migration, Trauma, loss and Displacement and Resilience among refugee and immigrant children

Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health Symptoms and Service Utilization

Barriers to Mental Health Care Access

Strategies for Improving Services for Refugee and Immigrant Children

Example of a culturally responsive trauma-focused treatment program for refugee youth

Case Study

Summative Points

Reflective Questions

Hilado & Lundy
Chapter 17: Maintaining critical consciousness, collaborative accompaniment and cultural humility: The common denominators of transnational practice

Relevance of pre-migration and post-migration experiences

The role of culture

Transnational Practice: A culturally-relevant approach to supporting immigrant and refugee clients.

Treatment modalities: Lessons learned

Specific needs among immigrant and refugee communities: Lessons learned

The common denominators of transnational practice

Collaborating and connecting: Building a transnational workforce

Reflective Questions

Lundy & van Wormer
Chapter 18: Social justice and implications for the field
The Current Migration Crisis

Social Work’s Rich History

Social Work is a Global, Human Rights Profession

Human Needs and Human Rights

A Structural Framework for Settlement Practice

War Refugees: Trauma Related to Terror and Persecution

Environmental Refugees: Trauma Related to Natural Disasters

The Plight of Immigrant Children in the United States

A Framework for Trauma-Informed Care

Implications for Social Workers

Micro Issues

Macro Issues

Reflective Questions


Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 4

Aimee Hilado Villalpando

Marta K. Lundy

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