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Working with Refugees in the Clinical Context: Legal, Ethical, and Practical Advice

Earn 6.0 CEUs (pending approval from AAMFT)

The cost is $60 for members and $120 for non-members. Lunch is included in the cost of registration.

Workshop Description:

In 2016, around 1 in 113 people around the world were forced from their home by armed conflict. This includes over 14 million refugees and nearly 2 million asylum-seekers or asylees. People fleeing from violence and persecution are particularly vulnerable to the effects of resettlement given the intersection between unique risk factors and increasingly restrictive immigration policies in the United States. To that end, considerable evidence suggests that both refugees and asylees experience high levels of physical (e.g., sexually transmitted infections and malnourishment) and psychological (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use problems). These unprecedented developments require marriage and family therapists to evolve by augmenting their clinical skills to meet the unique needs of refugees and asylees. The purpose of this interactive clinical workshop is to help marriage and family therapists in Minnesota, which is among the top refugee resettlement destinations in the United States, become familiar with different aspects of displacement while embracing an ethos of human rights advocacy in their clinical practice. By integrating evolving public policies and best practices, the content will focus on examining the global displacement crisis with implications for clinical practice. The presenter will focus on identifying refugees and asylees in the clinical setting, performing a comprehensive diagnostic assessment and treatment plan, and applying a trauma-informed approach to existing systemic interventions.

Presenter Bio:

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Damir S. Utržan is a licensed marriage and family therapist who earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University. As a practicum intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center, a program of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, Dr. Utržan performed comprehensive psychological evaluations for asylum-seekers detained by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. He earned a doctorate in family social science, specializing in couple and family therapy with a human rights minor, from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Utržan further specialized in treating the effects of politically-sanctioned torture by completing a doctoral internship in the Psychological Services Unit at the Center for Victims of Torture. He also completed advanced doctoral training in primary care at the North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Utržan is an expert witness/psychological evaluator for the Advocates for Human Rights, an international organization dedicated to protecting international human rights standards and enforcing the rule of law. As a former fellow of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota Law School; and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program, his scholarly interest is on the intersection of traumatic stress (i.e., psychological trauma); its effects on individual and relational functioning, and human rights. Dr. Utržan has lectured on immigrant and refugee mental health topics, including clinical workshops at national and international conferences.

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the current global migration crisis to their clinical practice.
  2. Perform a comprehensive and trauma-informed diagnostic assessment.
  3. Develop a comprehensive and trauma-informed treatment plan.
  4. Educate professionals and laypersons on clinical implications of legislative acts, and in doing so, identify relevant resources for clients (e.g., refugees and asylees).
  5. Advance the marriage and family therapy field by advocating for a systemic approach to treating the devastating effects of displacement and resettlement.

Date & Location

Fri February 2, 9:00am - 4:00pm

St. Mary's University (pending approval)

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Fri February 2, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Presenter(s): Damir S. Utržan, Ph.D., M.S., LMFT Post-Doctoral Fellow, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Department of Pediatrics University of Minnesota Medical School
A rapidly shifting sociopolitical landscape makes understanding different aspect of displacement and resettlement imperative to clinical practice. The purpose of this interactive clinical workshop is to help marriage and family therapists in Minnesota, which is among the top refugee resettlement destinations in the United States, become familiar with different aspects of displacement while embracing an ethos of human rights advocacy in their clinical practice.