Alternative Mental Health Therapies
Presenter: Vince Pietropaolo, M.A
Date: August 28, 2013
Refugees often face significant physical and mental health challenges before, during and after displacement and migration. Traditional western therapies to treat mental health disorders may present barriers and adherence issues because of social, cultural and linguistic barriers.
This presentation will examine alternative and adjunct therapies bridging the chasm between traditional and non-traditional approaches to mental health treatment. Incorporating a variety of treatment options will assist to increase access to mental health services for refugees suffering from mental health disorders and hopefully enhance the efficacy of treatment outcomes.
Vince Pietropaolo, M.A., is the General Manager of COSTI Family and Mental Health Services. In his current position he has works with ethno cultural communities in program design, development and implementation in the areas of mental health, domestic violence and problem gambling. Vince currently sits on the York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee, CAMH Problem Gambling Advisory committee and the Ontario Resource Group on Gambling, Ethnicity and Culture and The North York Specialized Courts Advisory Committee.
Vince has presented on the issue of Domestic Violence, Men's Violence and Problem Gambling at conferences in the United States and Canada. He has guest lectured at York University and Ryerson University.
In addition to having presented a webinar for the Refugee Mental Health project, Vince also served as a Subject Matter Experts for the project's online course and Community of Practice (CoP) during the 2012-13 year and presented a webinar on PTSD.