Culturally Competent Mental Health Practice With Refugee Populations - PSY16

Culturally Competent Mental Health Practice With Refugee Populations

by Caleb Kim, PhD and Aimee Hilado, LCSW, PhD
(4.3 / 15 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Psychology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


A refugee is defined as a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.” In 2011, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that 15.2 million refugees, including 4.8 million Palestinian refugees, exist in the world. Practitioners must understand the experiences of trauma-exposed refugee populations and their related mental health issues as well as their socio-cultural-economic needs.


The purpose of this mental health of refugees continuing education program is to help social workers and psychologists understand the experiences of trauma-exposed refugee populations and their related mental health issues as well as socio-cultural-economic needs. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the experiences of trauma-exposed refugees and their respective mental health issues as well as socio-cultural-economic needs
  • Review common mental health symptoms and disorders among refugee populations
  • Examine current models of intervention and cultural considerations in clinical practice

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including psychologists and social workers.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Advanced
Target audience: Psychologists

Course Originally Released on: 9/25/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/26/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/25/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Bruce S - Pittsburgh, PA  ·  Jun 13, 2018
I was disappointed in the quality of this course. The coverage was superficial. The description of the disorders was basic and fundamentally copied out of the DSM-5. The discussion of treatment modalities was superficial and unrealistic. Doing psychoanlytic therapy with refugees is not practical. And the handling of the cultural aspects similarly seemed superficial. There is mention of being culturally sensitive and noting religion, cultural beliefs and using culturally-appropriate ancillary treatment. But I found this obvious. The questions on the quiz were so fundamental that you didn't have to read the material. E.g., what is a symptom of depression? I did not find this course useful or enlightening.
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Pamela D - Golden, CO  ·  Apr 09, 2018
interesting and informative
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Samara B - Kensington, MD  ·  Mar 17, 2018
excellent overview of refugee definition and related issues
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Lynne M - Laurel, MD  ·  Mar 15, 2018
A good introduction to the topic.
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TAWANDA S - Norristown, PA  ·  Dec 21, 2017
very informative and good information.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50