Reflective Self Practice in Refugee Resettlement

Presenter: Dr. Clare Pain, MD, FRCPC, D.Sc (Hons)
Date: February 18, 2015

Webinar Content
Refugee clients undergoing resettlement (or due to migration or pre-migration circumstances) can display significant stress. These stressors may not indicate a need for psychiatric intervention; service providers can often address clients' stressors by facilitating supports to meet clients' psychosocial needs. It is important, therefore, for service providers to assess their own skills and comfort level in working with clients who, in the process of resettlement, display intense emotion when either recounting loss or trauma, or discussing current resettlement distress.
Learning objectives
Following this presentation, audience members will be able to:
  • Discuss the importance of self-assessment as a constructive tool to advancing professional practice and capacity-building
  • Recognize the importance of assessing their own skills and capabilities in supporting clients experiencing distress
  • List some of the emotions service providers may feel as a result of client distress and ways this might affect the client - service provider dynamic
  • Recognize that the process of gathering relevant information about clients' needs and circumstances may involve their disclosing emotionally-intense experiences.
Presenter Biography
Clare Pain is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto; Consultant at the Canadian Center for Victims of Torture (CCVT); Co-project director of the Toronto Addis Ababa Psychiatry Project (TAAPP) (; and Coordinator of the University of Toronto-Addis Ababa Collaboration Program (TAAAC) (  She received an honorary PhD from Addis Ababa University in 2014, for her work in mental health. Dr. Pain's clinical focus is on the assessment and treatment of patients, including refugees, who continue to suffer from the effects of psychological trauma. She has lectured and taught on various aspects of psychological trauma including trans-cultural aspects and global mental health. She has published a number of articles including two books: "Trauma and the Body: a Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy" with Pat Ogden and Kekuni Minton (Norton 2006); and "The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic" an edited book with Eric Vermetten and Ruth Lanius (Cambridge University Press 2010).
In addition to having presented a webinar for the Refugee Mental Health project, Clare serves as one of the Subject Matter Experts for the project's online course and Community of Practice (CoP).

Clare Pain