This project has hosted webinars since 2012 to promote learning, information sharing and to stimulate conversation on topics that we hope are relevant to your practice. Many of the archived webinars are part of the former project, the Refugee Mental Health Project. Since September 2017, webinars have encompassed the expanded scope of newly-arrived immigrants and/or refugees.
Our webinars are one-hour sessions that include a 30-minute presentation by professionals in the settlement, social or health services sectors followed by a 30-minute question and answer session where we encourage you to ask questions, pose scenarios and to generally discuss your practice with these experts in the field.
Holding the Bowl: Best Practices for 2SLGBTQI+ Support Groups
With Robin McGeough (he/him), Gender Equity and Sexual Diversity Coordinator, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
The number of 2SLGBTQ+ immigrants and refugees arriving in Canada is only increasing. However, sizeable gaps exist for them to access mental health services that understand the intersection of queerness, race and immigration. To overcome isolation and barriers to accessing formalized mental health services, peer support groups are an integral element for increasing belonging and well-being for 2SLGBTQ+ immigrants and refugees. Founded in 2020, the Q+ Crew has become a foundational program for the Inter-Cultural Association (ICA) to support, and learn from, 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers and refugees in Victoria, British Columbia.
Note that webinar recordings contain the presentation of the topic only; the question and answer session is not recorded.
Specific populations and issues
These webinars highlight strategies for supporting particular immigrant and refugee groups, or highlight specific issues in supporting immigrant and refugee mental health.
Support and treatment considerations
These webinars will focus on specific considerations for providing effective treatment to recent immigrants and refugees.
Successful or promising practices
These webinars outline innovative and unique approaches/programs for supporting the mental health of newly-arrived immigrants and refugees.