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Cultural considerations to support children from migrant and refugee backgrounds’ mental health and wellbeing

May 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Webinar series: Focus on infant and child mental health

Presenters: Liz Gordon and Julio Alejo

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm AEST.   Find your time zone

Practitioners’ personal values and beliefs about parenting and child-rearing can influence their ability to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of children and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Evidence suggests that reflexive practice could generate greater support and understanding of children and their families from diverse cultural backgrounds.

This webinar will explore the importance of ‘culturally competent’, ‘culturally curious’ and ‘child-focused’ practices along with examples of organisational initiatives and practice approaches.

This webinar will assist practitioners who work with migrant and refugee children and families in health, education and social and community services through:

  • describing some of the challenges that children and families who have settled in Australia experience, both pre- and post-settlement
  • considering the extent to which practitioners need to develop ‘expert’ cultural understandings to work effectively with families from cultures other than their own
  • exploring the extent to which practitioners, in order to work effectively, need to have an awareness of how their own beliefs, values and assumptions are shaped by culture
  • describing how respectful, collaborative and curious conversations with children and families can help them:
    • reconnect with skills and wisdoms
    • reconnect with their community and cultural traditions
    • respond to the problems they are facing.