Trauma-Informed Care Principles for Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum-Seekers

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this training has been POSTPONED to June 1, 2018. All confirmed registrations will be honored on June 1st. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monica J. Indart, Psy.D.

Course Description:
The current global refugee crisis is fueled by long-standing issues that reflect economic, political and public health realities and failures. These failures have led to unprecedented rates of psychological trauma – trauma which includes experiences of torture – for many of the refugees forced to leave countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Eritrea, to name but a few. These families risk their lives – and the lives of their children – because they see no other means of survival. Lost in the chaos of this crisis are the driving forces of justice. This full day workshop will review essential principles and evidence-based practices for meeting the needs of refugees, immigrants and asylum-seekers from a perspective that integrates trauma-focused care with social justice principles. Cultural contexts will be examined, from a phenomenological perspective, that help us empathically understand what it means to be a refugee in the epicenter of an unprecedented global crisis.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify major areas of psychosocial needs for separate but related groups: recent refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers
  2. Assess the need for trauma-informed assessment measures and processes
  3. Identify current evidence-informed practices for working with these distinct groups
  4. Describe the need for clinician wellness and self-care in working with highly traumatized groups

About the Presenter
Monica Indart is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides an array of clinical and consulting services for crisis, disaster and trauma-related issues. She helped establish and served as co-director of Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (Doctors Without Borders) Psychosocial Care Unit, a specialized unit providing support and consultation to humanitarian aid workers.  Dr. Indart has provided consultation, program development, and evaluation, and professional training to the United Nations Secretariat, UNDP, and UNICEF in areas of crisis and trauma response, peer support, staff care and emergency preparedness.  She has volunteered with HealthRight International’s Human Rights Clinic since 2002, providing psychological evaluations for asylum seekers, as well as program development, consultation and training services.

Dr. Indart maintains a private practice, specializing in the treatment of severe trauma, grief and loss, including survivors of torture, suicide and homicide. She has been an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University for the past fifteen years, and is a graduate of that program, earning her Psy.D. in clinical psychology in 1994.   Her clinical and research interests include adaptation to severe trauma across the lifespan, traumatic grief, cultural narratives of traumatic experiences, and intergenerational trauma.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Date:   April 27, 2018  Time: 9:00am-3:35pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m.
The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.


9:30 – 10:40am Introduction & Overview
Psychosocial Needs of Refugees, Undocumented Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers
10:40 – 10:45am Morning Break
10:45am – 12:15pm Trauma Informed Care: Essential Principles
Trauma Informed Assessment: Case vignette and Small Group Exercise with the RHS-15
12:15 – 1:00pm Lunch break
1:00 – 2:15pm Adapting Evidence-Informed Interventions for Refugees, Immigrants and Asylum Seekers
2:15 – 2:45pm Case Study Vignette: Small Group Exercise
2:45 – 2:50pm Afternoon break
2:50 – 3:35pm Self-Care for Trauma Clinicians: An Ethical Imperative
Wrap-up and evaluations

 Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health professionals. This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 clinical and 1 social and cultural competency continuing education clock hours.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #1831 from 4/5/2018 to 4/5/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical 4, Social and Cultural Competence 1.

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.
Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at

Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until April 13, 2018. Cancellations must be made by April 20, 2018.

Registration is full. To register for the WAIT LIST, please click here.

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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