Meeting the Mental & Physical Health Needs of Immigrants, Refugees & Asylum Seekers in Maine
Friday, October 19, 2018 from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Portland, Maine
363 Maine Mall Road
Portland, ME 04106
For Immigrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, leaving their countries to come to the United States is only the beginning of their struggles. For mental health and medical providers to be effective, we need to understand and address the mental and physical stressors that arose from their displacement and beyond.
This program will give participants a greater understanding of the multiple challenges these groups face, the impact on physical and mental health their journeys can have, and provide guidance for how best to care for this unique population.
If you want to be prepared to treat or work with these groups, then this is the program for you. Just click on the link below to register or to RSVP.
Schedule, Topics and Presenters
7:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Introduction & Conference Overview
- Anne Hallward, MD, DFAPA, Executive Director, Safe Space Radio
- David Moltz, MD, DLFAPA, Founding Director, The Consultation Project
Overview of Different Health Needs Between Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, Ph.D. is the Refugee Health Coordinator for the State of Maine. She received her Ph.D. in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, with a Secondary Field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She has conducted both international and domestic research projects focused on understanding human health and biology.
Cultural Issues in Addressing Mental Health and Working with Interpreters
Deqa Dhalac is the Human Service Counselor for the City of Portland Social Services Division and works closely with survivors of torture, including refugees and asylum seekers that are seeking assistance from the City of Portland’s Refugees Services Program.
A Primer on Islam for Western Physicians
Rana Dagher, M.D. Until recently, Dr. Dagher worked for Maine Behavioral Healthcare, treating Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Dr. Dagher speaks Arabic, and she hails from Lebanon, a country with a similar culture to Iraq and Syria. Her country was torn by war trauma for 15 years and she lived through it from beginning to end, giving her an intimate knowledge of the issues and challenges that confront the people whom she treated.
Immigrant Rights and How the System Weighs “Credibility” in a Way that is Impacted by Trauma and Cultural Differences
Marpheen Chann, J.D. is a first-generation, LGBT Asian-American based in Portland, Maine. He is an advocate, thinker and writer on issues impacting the LGBTQ and immigrant and refugee communities. He owns and operates his own political and digital strategy consulting firm working on state and local campaigns in Maine and serves on the board of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center.
Psychological Evaluations as Part of the Asylum Application Process
Charles Mitchell, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist. He is the Medical Director of Catholic Charities Counseling Services and for many years maintained a private practice in Portland. Dr. Mitchell was previously a member of the clinical faculty of Tufts and UVM medical schools. He has had a longstanding interest in cross-cultural issues and the psychiatric struggles of documented and undocumented immigrants.
PTSD and Trauma Systems Therapy
Molly McMahon, LCSW, is the Director of Social Work at Greater Portland Health. She earned her degree in social work from the University of Southern Maine. Trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she has worked with children, adults and families throughout her career, focusing on how best to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services.
Sarah Ferris works with Project SHIFA (Supporting the Health of Immigrant Families and Adolescents) which was developed to provide culturally appropriate school-based mental health care for Somali youth and their families.
“Cup of Courage” Safe Space Radio Award presented by Anne Hallward, MD, DFAPA
Panel on Women’s Health Challenges
Djima Ainan is a Case Worker for Jibouti Community Services where she works with immigrants to help connect them with the services they need. She become an American citizen last November and has been in the US for 8 years.
Regina Phillips, MSW is the Grants and Community Engagement Coordinator for Westbrook School Department. Previously she managed the City of Portland’s Refugee Services program where she supervised a multi-cultural/multi-lingual staff that provided case management, housing, employment, life skills and other services to new Americans. In addition, she ran the city’s homeless family shelter.
Panel on Men’s Health Challenges
Claude Rwaganje is the Founder and Executive Director of PosperityME: The Center for Financial Education formerly known as Community Financial Literacy, a refugee owned non-profit organization based in Maine with a mission to empower, through education and counseling, members of refugee and immigrant communities to invest themselves to build financial stability, careers, businesses and wealth. He was born in the Democratic Rep of Congo and became a refugee in Central Africa in the early 1990s.
Alain Nahimana, originally from Burundi, is now the Executive Director of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. Previously, he served as the Coordinator for the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC) and as the President of the Burundi Community Association of Maine.
Kifah Abdulla is a poet, artist, writer, performer, teacher, activist, and world citizen. Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, he spent over eight years as a prisoner of war in Iran. Kifah Abdulla has built a home for himself in Maine, but his journey to the United States was not without personal sacrifice.
Target Audience: Physicians, therapists, advanced practice nurses, nurses, social workers, allied health professionals, public health professionals and anyone who works with immigrants and refugees.
Hotel Information: This conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland, ME 04106. A block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland at a special rate of $149.00 per night. Reservations for this event will be made by individual attendees directly with our reservation’s center at 1-800-560-7753. Please be sure to mention MAPP when making your reservation. They do require that all reservations be accompanied by a deposit or credit card guarantee equal to one night’s room rate plus 9% State Occupancy Tax no later than Monday, September 17, 2018. Requests for reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis only and the special group rates may no longer be applicable.
Accreditation Statements: Physicians & Nurse Practitioners: 7.0 AMA PRA Category I Continuing Medical Education Credits will be applied for through the Maine Medical Education Trust.
The American Medical Association has been designated by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a pre-approved sponsor and provider of continuing professional education activities for psychologists. The program is eligible for 7.0 hours of credit.
Social Work and Counseling Professionals: These boards do not preapprove continuing education activities. It is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure continuing education activities conform to the requirements as outlined in their responsive board rules and to be able to document qualifying hours specified on their certificates.