The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project’s online course is a self-directed training where you will learn how to identify and address immigrants’ and refugees’ mental health needs through interactive and practical learning activities. The course focuses on applicable promising-practices and will guide you in addressing the promotion, treatment and support of the mental health of immigrants and refugees.
Two streams of the online course will be offered: (1) settlement and social service providers stream (2) health care providers stream.
Course for Settlement and Social Service Providers
This course stream is intended for settlement workers or social service providers in Canada, who in their current training or current role conduct needs assessments, provide settlement/social service information, and facilitate referrals. Participants in this stream may include service providers such as: community outreach facilitators, housing counsellors, employment facilitators, or family support workers, for example.
Course for Health Care Professionals
This course stream is intended for settlement workers or social service providers in Canada, who in their current training or current role conducts mental health screening/assessment, diagnosis, or treatment/therapy, and are comfortable with basic clinical language. Participants in this stream may include service providers such as: physicians, nurse practitioners, or psychologists/psychiatrists, for example.
*social workers, among other professionals, may benefit from each stream. However, you should chose the stream that is most relevant to your individual trainings, roles and responsibilities.
This new course will offer a comprehensive overview of immigrant and refugee mental health, focusing on subgroups at risks. It will provide in-depth discussion on how context and culture influence mental health and mental illness, as well as providing sample tools and resources for use in various practice settings, and offering evidence-based strategies and interventions to help you provide better services and supports to different immigrant and refugee populations. You will find practical examples of promising and innovative practices effective in improving outcomes for different groups of immigrants and refugees such as African and Caribbean, East Asian or South Asian communities, as well for youth, women, elderly and LGBT individuals.
The course is designed to provide a uniquely interactive learning experience where you can consult with experts in the field, share ideas and experiences with hundreds of service providers from all over Canada, and learn strategies you would use on-the-job. Using cutting-edge, online learning technology, the course will offer a balance of background information, current research evidence, practical information and video demonstrations.