Screening and Interviewing with Refugees: Understanding Trauma and the Mental Health Needs

Date(s) - Friday, February 17th, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Webinar Presented by APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology)
Presenters: Elizabeth Carll, PhD, Carl Auerbach, PhD, and Betsy Gard, PhD

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This webinar is the first of a series of free skills building webinars focused on providing trauma informed mental health services to address the needs of the growing number refugees, immigrants, and internally displaced people worldwide. Information about participating and being listed in the Refugee Mental Health Resource Network, an APA Division 56 interdivisional pro-bono project will be presented. Strategies for working with refugees and agencies will be discussed including a framework for understanding the mental health and trauma needs associated with each stage of the refugee experience. Interventions ranging from community to individual for gender-based violence, mental health challenges, and victims of torture will be described. This webinar will provide a helpful foundation for the March 3, 2017 webinar on conducting asylum evaluations. This FREE webinar series is open to the public and is being hosted by Division 56 Trauma Psychology of the American Psychological Association. The webinar will be followed by an opportunity to ask the presenters questions.


Elizabeth Carll, PhD is president of the APA Trauma Psychology Division and chairs the interdivisional Refugee Mental Health Resource Network. Dr. Carll serves on the executive committee and is a former chair of the United Nations NGO Committee on Mental Health and has developed a variety of disaster/crisis management programs.

Carl Auerbach, PhD is professor of psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University. He codirects,
with Dr. William Salton, the Yeshiva Asylum Project, that trains graduate students to work with asylum seekers. He was a Fulbright Fellow teaching and conducting research at the Rwandan National University.

Betsy Gard, PhD is an adjunct faculty member at the Emory University Department of Psychiatry. She is the manager for Disaster Mental Health for the Georgia Region of the American Red Cross and is mental health consultant for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that responds to humanitarian crises.


This webinar is eligible for 1 CE credit at the following costs:

APA Div. 56 Members: $15 for 1 CE credit
Non-Members: $25 for 1 CE credit
Students: $5 for 1 CE credit

(Free for all others, but must still register via link above.)

Division 56 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 56 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For registration questions, contact Veronica Allen, APA Division Services Office at [email protected] or 202.336.6121.