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Lessons learned from setting a unique model of care and advocacy

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Join the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project's monthly webinar series!

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Vancouver Island Counselling Center for Immigrants and Refugees (VICCIR) offers a unique model responding to trauma and cultural clients' needs. Refugees, victims of torture and immigrants from diverse backgrounds, ages and ethnicities benefit from counselling services and support. COVID-19 has been a challenge and an opportunity to test this model in a telehealth environment working with a team of translators, counsellors and volunteers removing barriers for accessing mental health and reducing stigma.

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Ana Maria Pavon Marin, MACPshyc, MM, LLB.

Born in Spain and came to Canada eight years ago. Ana’s background includes practicing law as a Human Rights Lawyer working with immigrants and refugees, mediation, and counselling in private practice and for non-profit organizations. She has been sharing a professional and personal journey for more than 25 years with immigrants and refugees, non accompanied minors, and vulnerable populations. She is working as a registered counsellor at VICCIR (Vancouver Island Counselling Center for Immigrants and Refugees), an organization with whom she has been collaborating since 2015, and also volunteers as a restorative justice caseworker. Ana’s passion for human rights advocacy, cross-cultural issues, trauma, and resilience is a motivation for pursuing learning and contributing to these areas.

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This project is an evidence-based, capacity-building initiative designed to enhance your knowledge and skills as a settlement, social or health service provider, to appropriately respond to the unique mental health needs of new immigrants and refugees, and to foster inter-sector and inter-professional collaboration. The project will contribute to advancing the network of service provision for immigrants and refugees across Canada.

Through interactive online training, resources and activities, the project offers current research evidence, practical information on promising and innovative practices and video demonstrations on how to use specific tools and strategies.

Le Projet sur la santé mentale des immigrants et des réfugiés offre une formation, des outils et des ressources en ligne aux professionnels qui travaillent avec des immigrants et des réfugiés dans les domaines de l’établissement, des services sociaux et des services de santé. En y participant, vous pourrez enrichir vos connaissances, développer vos compétences, avoir accès à des outils et gagner de nouvelles stratégies à mettre en œuvre dans votre travail. Vous aurez l'occasion de communiquer et d'échanger des idées et des expériences avec des centaines de fournisseurs de services de partout au Canada ainsi que d’obtenir l’avis d’experts en la matière.

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