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Volunteer Trainings and Opportunities

Baseline Education for Community Based Welcome of Refugees and Asylum Seekers Southern Vermont Working Communities Volunteers Education Action Team

 

Community sponsorship is the core of community-based resettlement and, we believe, a successful and sustainable program. This model is the heart of southern Vermont’s work  to resettle refugees and asylum-seekers. 

 

This fall, the Volunteer Education Action Team is offering a Baseline Training  Course built on the experience of communities and organizations in successfully welcoming  newcomers. We believe these principles and practices are the same for volunteers working directly with any resettlement approach from Welcome Corps, to Asylum Seekers, to agency-based resettlement. 

   

Volunteers will complete a series of online learning modules, followed by discussion groups virtually or in person. While the curriculum is available virtually at any time, our goal is to enhance that experience by providing context for the work, connections among volunteers, and opportunities for discussion and peer learning. 

 

The ‘Baseline Training’ Course is meant to meet three needs:

  • Introductory education for first time volunteers,  covering how to welcome refugees, how volunteer teams work, necessary milestones, boundary setting, and setting goals for teams and refugees.

  • More advanced education for experienced volunteers, such as cross-cultural communications, anti-racism, sustaining both refugee success and team energy.

  • Building networks and connections that will enable on-going support for volunteers and teams, mutual learning, information about changes to refugee policy, practice and reality. 

 

For more information on the course and registration please see the summary below. 

 

 

What is the Volunteer Education Action Team?

 

The Volunteer Education Action Team is convened by Working Communities of Southern Vermont. The team includes: 

  • CCL Welcome Fund and SHARe, Martha Tecca, Core Team Member

  • CASP, Cristi Carretero, Volunteer

  • Working Communities of Southern Vermont, Alex Beck, BDCC, Initiative Director

  • BDCC, Jen Stromsten, Director of Programs

  • St Michaels Refugee Resettlement, Jeff Lewis, Cosponsorship Leader

 

Our vision is a resilient, networked learning community of volunteers supporting and welcoming refugees, asylum seekers, and their families coming to the region. The goal of the Volunteer Education Action Team is to create and sustain a welcoming, growing, diverse community with a robust workforce, stimulating schools, and rich community life. Please join these programs for this opportunity to work and learn together from national experts, and from one another.

 

Recent Activities:

July 2023 Upper Valley Summit: New Pathways & Best Practices in Community Based Resettlement 

 

Upcoming Activities:

Diversity Equity and Inclusion training (previously offered to resettlement staff and volunteer leaders): winter 2023 training for community volunteers to be announced fall 2023.

 

Baseline Volunteer Education: SoVT WC Volunteers Education Action Team

 

The curriculum to be used is Community Sponsorship Essentials curriculum, designed by Refugee Welcome. Refugee Welcome is a joint project of the U.S. resettlement community for the purpose of education, training, and technical support of community resettlement. The local course will be run like a book club - participants do homework (online modules), then participate in discussions virtually and in person. 

 

INTRODUCTION & REGISTRATION*

Informational Zoom Meetings: October 3, 1-2pm (second date TBD)

 

Registrations to be completed by by October 9:  

  1. Click here to register to access the online essentials curriculum

  2. Click here to register for the course, including discussions and gatherings 

 

PART I: FUNDAMENTALS

LESSON 1: Sponsorship 101

Homework - By October 13, do the Sponsorship 101 Module at refugeewelcome.org

October 13 at 1 pm and 7 pm: Virtual kickoff Webinar and breakout discussions

 

LESSON 2: Key Mindsets

Homework - By October 20, do the Key Mindsets Module at refugeewelcome.org

October 20-27: Convene regional small groups (organized by subregional cosponsor leadership / Volunteer Education Action Team) to do the Group Discussion Module 1 together* 

 

PART I Group Convening 

Friday, Oct 27, in person, all participants, Location TBD


 

PART II: IMPLEMENTATION (DRAFT SCHEDULE)

LESSON 3: Support Area Deep Dives

Homework - By November 3, do the Support Area Deep Dives Module at refugeewelcome.org

 

November 3-10: Meet with your cosponsor team to do Group Discussion Module 2 together or attend regional webinars facilitated by Volunteer Education Action Team 

 

LESSON 4: Program Details

Homework - By November 10, do the Program Details Module at refugeewelcome.org

 

Final Lesson (Optional) - Onwards and Upwards Welcome Corps certification 

 

PART II Final Convening: November 10, 9-11 am in person (single or multiple sites TBD), facilitated discussion Group Discussion Module 3

 

*Organizational meetings for cosponsorship leaders will take place September 12 & 27 by Zoom

For more information, contact Jack Spanierman jspanierman@brattleborodevelopment.com

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Connecting Cultures is coming to the Upper Valley to present:

 

Embracing Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylees through Trauma-Informed Care

 

Friday and Saturday October 27 – 28, 2023

 

9:00am – 4:30pm Friday, 6 CEs

9:00am – 12:15pm, Saturday 3 CEs

FREE (including CEUs)

 

Location TBD

 

 

Day #1 Description of Conference:

This six-hour training is for psychologists, social workers, and mental health professionals interested in gaining knowledge and clinical skills when working with refugees, immigrants, and asylees. Some experience with trauma-informed care is useful but not necessary. The training includes a combination of didactics, discussion, and activities. Conference participants will review the current global refugee crisis and mental health treatment for adults, children, and families. Conference participants will have the opportunity to gain in-depth practice with ten modules of the Chronic Traumatic Stress Treatment (CTS-T) for refugees and survivors of torture and utilize a language-free mobile mental health application as a component of CTS-T. Cultural considerations when providing services are highlighted throughout the training.

 

Day #2 Description of Conference:

This three-hour training is for psychologists, social workers, and mental health professionals interested in gaining knowledge and clinical skills when working with refugees, immigrants, and asylees. Some experience with trauma-informed care is useful but not necessary. The training includes a combination of didactics, discussion, and activities. Cultural considerations when providing services are highlighted throughout the training. Conference participants will review vicarious trauma and resilience emphasizing strategies to move beyond self-care when working with traumatized populations. Strategies for trauma stewardship will also be reviewed. Finally, conference participants will learn about the Multidisciplinary Assessment Profile (MAP) and an overview of conducting a psychological asylum evaluation. 

 

Learning Objectives:

Day #1

 

  1. Participants will understand the difference between refugees, asylees, and immigrants

  2. Participants will be able to identify cultural considerations when providing mental health services to New Americans

  3. Participants will learn the four tiers associated with Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugee Youth (TST-R)

  4. Participants will gain knowledge regarding the Western-defined mental health diagnoses most assigned to refugees

  5. Participants will learn how to work with interpreters when providing services

  6. Participants will understand how to implement the Chronic Traumatic Stress Treatment (CTS-T) and the NESTT mobile mental health application that accompanies the Treatment

 

Day #2

 

  1. Participants will gain knowledge regarding the impact of vicarious trauma

  2. Participants will learn self-care strategies when working with refugees and survivors of torture and gain knowledge about trauma stewardship and vicarious resilience

  3. Participants will understand the components of the Multidisciplinary Assessment Profile (MAP) and learn an overview of how to conduct psychological asylum evaluations.

 

 

Note Regarding CEs:

Those who attend the full workshop and complete the APA Evaluation form will receive nine continuing education credits. Those who attend Friday only will receive six continuing education credits. Those who attend Saturday only will receive three continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the full day's workshop. Those signing in more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving before the workshop is complete will not be eligible to receive CE credit. Additionally, we are unable to issue partial CE credits. This is an APA requirement and non-negotiable. 

 

Please email Kimberlyknowltonyoung@gmail.com to sign up and reserve a spot.  Space will be limited by the size of the venue. 

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