Specific populations and issues

There has been considerable interest in how to promote emotional health and wellness among specific refugee groups such as children and youth or LGBTQ populations. 


Youth and children


Implementation research on impact of family loss and separation on refugee youth

Dr. Akm Alamgi, Manager, Quality and Accountability Systems; and Scientist, Research and Evaluation Department of Access Alliance, December 15, 2021.

Rethinking how schools might better include the parents of recently-arrived refugee children and youth

Dr. Jerome Cranston, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Wednesday August 21st, 2019.

Supporting newcomer children’s wellbeing through creativity and play

Vanessa Currie, Executive Director of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Dr. Kathleen Manion, Associate Professor at Royal Roads University, and Laura Wright, Professional Practitioner and Research Consultant, May 28th, 2019.

Promouvoir la résilience identitaire des enfants immigrants et réfugiés

Dre Ghayda Hassan, Psychologue Clinicienne/ Professeure, Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Mardi, 30 Avril 2019.

Use of the emergency department as a first point of contact for mental health care by immigrant youth in Canada

Dr. Natasha Saunders, Clinician-Investigator, Division of Pediatric Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, February 26th, 2019.

Innovation in Child Welfare: Introducing the Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence

Liz Okai and Danielle Ungara, Team Leaders, Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence, November 21, 2018.

Syrian Youth Mentor Initiative: Cultivating social-connectedness, linguistic acquisition and vocational goals

Hsain Al-Shihabi and Sarah Mikhaiel, Youth Mentors, Canadian Mental Health Association, September 25, 2018.

Being a refugee and victim of domestic violence: Towards an intersectional understanding of the duality of the experience of violence

Ghayda Hassan, PhD, psychologist and professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), June 20, 2018.

Comprendre les deuils des jeunes réfugiés afin de mieux les accompagner

Dre. Garine Papazian-Zohrabian, membre de l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec, Le 18 Mai 2017.

Vulnerable sector settlement services: Best practices promoting resilience with Syrian refugee children & youth

Kathryn Khan, B.Ed., manager of Child and Youth Settlement and Fadi Hamdan, BSc., youth outreach coordinator; both of the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, Mar. 22, 2017.

Helping Syrian refugee children cope: Providing psycho-educational support 

Ghayda Hassan, PhD, psychologist and professor, Université du Québec à Montréal  (UQAM), Feb. 27, 2017.

Finding their way: supporting Syrian refugee children & youth through SWIS work

Nabila Al-Dobaye and Sabrin Daghaishe, SWIS workers, North York Community House, Nov. 9, 2016.

Motivational Interviewing as a mental health approach for youth

Stacy De Souza, CYW; Youth Worker,Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Services, CAMH. November 4th, 2015.



A Gender-Based Violence Settlement Sector Strategy - Working Together Across Canada

Erin Whitmore, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association (EVA) of Canada; Kathryn Bates-Khan, Project Manager, Gender-Based Violence Project, YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth; Valérie Auger-Voyer, Strategic Engagement Coordinator EVA Canada; Nina Condo, Executive Director, Elmwood Community Resource Centre; Maria Alvarado, Counselor, Elmwood Community Resource Centre; Margarita Pintin-Perez, Senior Coordinator, End Gender-Based Violence, OCASI. February 8th, 2022.

"Together Apart" - Bridging the Gaps

Amy Deschamps, Manager of Transitional Housing, YWCA Hamilton and Renee Hall, VAW Counsellor, YWCA Hamilton, July 23rd, 2020.

Newcomer young men: Tips for engagement in social and recreational programming

Burke Brokenshire, Child and Youth Programs Coordinator (Acting), Association for New Canadians, November 13th, 2019.

Every Woman Matters!

Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, January 30th, 2019.

Masculinity and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Vince Pietropaolo, MA; General Manager, Mental Health Services Program, COSTI Immigrant Services, June 22, 2016.

Exploring masculinity: Challenges faced by refugee men in resettlement

Vince Pietropaolo, MA; General Manager, Mental Health Services Program, COSTI Immigrant Services, Oct. 14, 2015.

Culture et violence familiale: nuancer entre le besoin réel d'être protégé et le profilage discriminatoire des familles immigrantes/réfugiées

Dr. Ghayda Hassan, professeure de psychologie, UQAM. December 10th, 2014.

Understanding Domestic Violence: Interventions for perpetrators

Vince Pietropaolo, MA, General Manager of Mental Health Services, COSTI Immigrant Services. November 12th, 2014.

Expectant Refugee Women: How service providers can support pregnant refugee women

Vanessa Wright, NP-PHC, MScN, Nurse Practitioner, Crossroads Clinic. October 22nd, 2014.

Exploration of Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence in the Refugee Population 

Vanessa Wright, NP-PHC, MScN, Nurse Practitioner, Crossroads Clinic. December 18th, 2013.



Syrian transgender refugees: Introduction to factors affecting wellness 

Vince Pietropaolo, MA, General Manager, Mental Health Services Program, COSTI Immigrant Services, June 16, 2017.

LGBTQ+ Newcomer Youth Experiences: Mental health impacts and effective support 

Elvia Maria Peñate, Community worker and Adanyi Phillip, Settlement worker; Griffin Centre, Dec. 7, 2016.

Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of LGBTQ Refugees

Dr. Margaret Robinson, Community Based Research, CAMH & Andre Smith, Program Assistant, Health Systems and Health Equity Research Group, CAMH. February 26th, 2014.

Specific issues


Supporting the mental health and resettlement of Afghan refugees

Hamidullah Akbari, Registered Psychotherapist, New Beginnings Clinic, CAMH, and Asma Sleihat, Registered Clinical Social Worker, New Beginnings Clinic, CAMH. February 22nd, 2022

Survivors of Daesh genocide: The physical and mental health conditions of resettled Yazidi refugees and implications for best practice

Nour Hassan, BHSc (Hons), Research Assistant with Refugee Health YYC Research Program at the University of Calgary's O'Brien Institute for Public Health, November 23rd, 2021.

Working with newcomer seniors and their mental health issues

Baldev Mutta, Founder and CEO of Punjabi Community Health Services, June 10th, 2020.

Studying migration with an occupational science lens

with Atieh Razavi Yekta and Anne-Cécile Delaisse, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia, July 14th, 2021.

Supporting the mental health of refugee claimants

with Jill Edgington Kirby, Program Manager, Centre for Refugee Resilience, CCIS and Sherri Shergill, MA, CCC, Clinical Supervisor for the Centre for Refugee Resilience, May 18th, 2021.

Reducing health care barriers for uninsured clients without OHIP

Rebecca Cheff, Researcher, Wellesley Institute, September 30th, 2020. (Hosted in partnership with HEIA).

Myth Busting the Interim Federal Health Program

Kathryn Jarrett-Ekholm, Director of Health Program Integrity and Control, IRCC and Michael Mackinnon, Senior Director of Migration Health Policy and Partnerships, IRCC, March 22nd, 2019.

Shame and Aberoo: Understanding mental health stigma in the Middle Eastern community

Poran Poregbal, MA, RSW, RCC, group therapist, Cross Cultural Clinic, Vancouver General Hospital, Dec. 6th, 2017.

Supporting Armenian Syrian refugees: Unique needs and challenges

Jeanette Gevikoglu, BA, LLM, board member, and Maida Icliates, BSc, founder, Armenian Family, Nov. 15th, 2017.

Strategies to support the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees with disabilities

Yahya El-Lahib, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Oct. 25th, 2017.

Refugees with mental illness: IRB guidelines for the refugee determination process

Preeti Adhopia, MA, Board Member, Immigration & Refugee Board (IRB) of Canada, Aug. 16th, 2017.

Syrian refugees six months after arrival: resettlement factors affecting mental health and well-being

Mahmoud Allouch, Syria Program Coordinator, Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT), Aug. 10, 2016.

Pasttime or problem? Video & computer gaming

Negar Sadeghi, MA, Therapist, Trainer and Multicultural Specialist with the Problem Gambling Service, CAMH, Feb. 3, 2016.

Is Canada still a place of refuge? Changes to refugee health

Dr. Meb Rashid, Medical Director of the Crossroads Clinic, Women's College Hospital and Vanessa Wright, NP-PHC, MScN, Nurse Practitioner, Crossroads Clinic, Women's College Hospital, Jan. 28, 2015.

Information Session on Problem Gambling

Negar Sadeghi, MA, Therapist, Trainer and Multicultural Specialist with the Problem Gambling Service, CAMH. July 31st, 2013.

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