Support and treatment considerations

Practitioners and experts in the field discuss specific treatment methods, modalities and considerations for treatment in these webinars. They include topics such as assessing and treating trauma, faith-based healing and alternative therapies.


Social media and the newcomer family

Andrew Lam, Program Coordinator, Family Wellness and Community Enhancement Program, Catholic Social Services, March 15th, 2021.

When helping hurts: Understanding the impact of vicarious trauma

Kari McCluskey, Facilitator, Vicarious Trauma and Resilience Initiative at Aurora Family Therapy Centre, April 15th, 2020.

Working effectively with interpreters: Working together to improve mental health outcomes across language barriers

Grace Eagan, Manger, Business Development – Language Services at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, March 12th, 2020.

Mental health screen for refugee populations

Vince Pietropaolo, general manager, COSTI Family and Mental Health Services, December 12th, 2019.

An introduction to trauma informed practice

Jenn Corbiell, Family Counsellor, Alberta Health Services, July 23rd, 2019.

Trauma and learning: Creating inclusive classrooms

Diana Jeffries, Education and Training Manager, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society, October 23, 2018.

Intergenerational cultural dissonance in Syrian refugees during resettlement

Vince Pietropaolo, MA; General Manager, Mental Health Services Program, COSTI Immigrant Services, Feb. 22, 2017.

Faith and healing: Incorporating religion in counselling Syrian refugee clients

Gilan Abdelaal, Clinical counsellor, COSTI Immigrant Services, Dec. 14, 2016.

What constitutes treatment? Re-thinking mental health practice for refugees

Dr. Clare Pain, Director of the Psychological Trauma Program, Mount Sinai Hospital and psychiatrist, CAMH New Beginnings Clinic for Refugees, Oct 12, 2016.

Addressing trauma: the effective use of narrative exposure therapy (NET) for refugee clients

Anne Mantini, PhD, Research Associate, Keenan Research Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, Sept. 21, 2016.

Tools and techniques for approaching a refugee client about mental health concerns

Vanessa Wright, NP-PHC, MScN, Nurse Practitioner, Crossroads Clinic, Women's College Hospital & Shannon McCready, MSW-RWS, Outreach Worker, Sojourn House. March 2nd, 2016.

Providing trauma counselling and support to newly arrived Syrian refugees

Gilan Abdelaal, MA, Trauma Clinical Counselor, COSTI Immigrant Services. March 16th, 2016.

La santé mentale des réfugiés syriens: Enjeux et conseils pour les stratégies d'intervention (en français)

Dre Ghayda Hassan, professeure de psychologie, UQAM; chercheure et clinicienne, Équipe d'intervention et de recherche interculturelle (ERIT). January 20th, 2016.

Reactions to war and systemic violence: differentiating distress from mental illness

Dr. Clare Pain, Director of the Psychological Trauma Program, Mount Sinai Hospital. January 13th, 2016.

Making the shift: an overview of a wholistic approach

Negar Sadeghi, MA, Therapist, Trainer and Multicultural Specialist with the Problem Gambling Service, CAMH, March 4, 2015.

How to Support Refugee Clients through their Hearing Process

Geri Sadoway, LLM, Staff Lawyer, Parkdale Community Legal Services. September 25th, 2013.

Alternative Mental Health Therapies

Vince Pietropaolo, MA, General Manager of Mental Health Services, COSTI Immigrant Services. August 28th, 2013.

Assessing and Treating Refugees Suffering from the Effects of Trauma

Dr. Claire Pain, Director of the Psychological Trauma Program, Mount Sinai Hospital. November 28, 2012.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and your Role as a Service Provider

Vince Pietropaolo, MA, General Manager of Mental Health Services, COSTI Immigrant Services. November 14, 2012.

Webinar topics

Webinar topics




Specific migrant populations and issues

Support and treatment considerations

Successful or promising practices