Estonian Refugee Council launches a series of events for mental health professionals to enhance psychological support for refugees
Within the framework of the Estonian Refugee Council mental health project, a three-part workshop will take place in the autumn. It is aimed at psychologists/psychiatrists and other mental health specialists who may come into contact with refugees in their work and would like to improve themselves in this field. Mads Ted Drud-Jensen from Denmark and Antti Klemettilä from Finland, who specialize in promoting the mental health of refugees, will be sharing their knowledge and experience.
In Estonia, the provision of needs-based psychological assistance to refugees has encountered linguistic and cultural obstacles and prejudices; the training helps to shed light on the problem and also to create a network of people interested in the topic.
The workshop will take place on October 21, November 4, November 18, 2021, every day from 13:00 to 15:30 in English and the topics are as follows:
1. Giving context: resettlement and refugees - the challenges of staying in a new country
2. Methods and tools: working with refugees on mental health and trauma
3. Approaches: intercultural competences and interdisciplinary cooperation
Please let us know your wish to participate in the workshop by e-mail: email@example.com
Mads Ted Drud-Jensen is a sociologist and senior adviser in the Integration Department of the Danish Refugee Council. He has worked on human rights, migration, refugees and integration in Denmark and internationally for the past 13 years. Drud-Jensen regularly conducts training on integration and mental health for various professionals working with refugees.
Antti Klemettilä is a psychologist and psychotherapist who has worked in the field of refugee mental health. In addition to his work as a therapist, he is involved in several research and development projects that promote the mental health of Finnish asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. He is currently working as a project manager in the Finnish Board of Health and Welfare and is the chair of the Finnish Association of Psychologists' Working Group on Intercultural Psychology.
Project activities are funded by the US Embassy.