Studying migration with an occupational science lens

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

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Occupation (i.e. daily activities) is central to migration, settlement, and integration processes. Indeed, immigrants' new environment implies a number of changes and challenges in their daily occupations. Conversely, engagement in meaningful occupations (including but not limited to employment) supports immigrants' well-being as well as the development of a sense of belonging in the receiving country. Drawing from examples of various occupation-centered studies, this presentation will address how a focus on immigrants' daily occupation can contribute to a deeper understanding of migration, useful for policymaking and community practices.

Join us for a 30 minute presentation, followed by a 30 minute Question & Answer session.

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Atieh Razavi Yekta

PhD student – is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her doctoral project focuses on the intersection of technology (HCI), occupational science, and migration. She is a graduate trainee in the Collaborative Research Training Experience Program and a member in the Centre for Migration Studies at UBC.

Anne-Cécile Delaisse

PhD student – completed her MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences in the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on people’s occupations (i.e. daily activities) in the context of migration, using qualitative methods and taking a critical lens. For her Master’s thesis, she completed a critical ethnography about French-speaking immigrants' participation in Francophone community sites in Metro Vancouver. Her doctoral research will examine transnational practices and belongings in the Vietnamese diaspora in Vancouver and Paris.

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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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