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Providing Psychological Support for Refugees and Displaced Populations

June 24, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

A free webinar co-sponsored by the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the TCSPP Office of Continuing Education


Providing Psychological Support for Refugees and Displaced Populations

Friday, June 24th, 2022

9-10:30AM PST / 11AM-12:30PM CST / 12-1:30 PM EST


When attended in full, this program offers 1.5 CEs for Psychologists, 1.5 IL CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers, and 1.5 BBS California CEUs for Counselors, Social Workers, and LMFTs.


Workshop Description:
Displacement from home and community produces a myriad of health and mental health problems. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress are widespread in displaced populations. Factors influencing the wellbeing of the displaced include: 1) the nature of the conflict or emergency that led to displacement, 2) ways in which the journey during displacement exacerbates the crisis, including detention and refugee camps, 3) ways in which gender, age, religion, language, class, economic position and cultural factors influence the emotional burden of displacement, and 4) the climate of the host community. In 2022, the world is watching as approximately 4.6 million civilians have fled Ukraine and an additional 7.1 have left their homes in Ukraine for safety and survival, adding to the global population of displaced human beings.

This free webinar will highlight the conditions and needs of refugees and other displaced populations and introduce several approaches to providing support and care for refugee populations in the current Ukraine crisis as well as with other refugee populations worldwide. The presenters will describe their experience with providing mental health care for refugees, including the use of mind-body therapies such as hypnosis. In addition, presenters will highlight current initiatives to create new supports and effective interventions for refugees.

Workshop Learning Objectives:
After attending this introductory level workshop, participants will:

  1. Describe the mental health and physical health consequences of displacement from home and community, including increased incidence of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress in displaced populations.  
  2. Compare and assess the structures and systems used by organizations that support migrant mental health in the US, and their adequacy for current displaced populations.  
  3. Describe effective emotional and psychosocial interventions for refugees and displaced persons.
  4. List the use of hypnosis, imagery, and hypnosis-related interventions for emotional distress in refugee populations.  

Presenter Biographies:

Donald Moss, Ph.D., Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health, Saybrook UniversityDonald Moss is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Pasadena, CA. There he has initiated graduate programs in integrative and functional nutrition, applied psychophysiology, wellness coaching, mind-body medicine, and most recently integrative social work. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with an MA and PhD in psychology from Duquesne University and is nationally certified in biofeedback, neurofeedback, and hypnosis.  Dr. Moss is the education chair of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) and manages their professional hypnosis webinar series. He is the ethics chair and international certification chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He served as president of SCEH, president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, and president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

Barbara McCann, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Mental Health Counseling and Hypnosis Endowed Chair, University of WashingtonBarbara S. McCann PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Mental Health Counseling and Hypnosis Endowed Chair at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her clinical psychology practice is at Harborview Medical Center, where she treats individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, and insomnia. She teaches medical students and psychiatry residents therapeutic communication strategies, cognitive behavioral therapies, and hypnosis, and has received numerous teaching awards. She has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters.  Dr. McCann is President-Elect of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and Certified as an Approved Consultant by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She serves on the Board of Editorial Consultants for the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 

Breeda McGrath, PhD, Associate Campus Dean for Online Programs, The Chicago School of Professional PsychologyBreeda McGrath is a higher education leader and Associate Campus Dean for Online programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she supervises over 30 graduate programs including international psychology, organizational leadership, behavioral economics, behavior analysis, forensic psychology, counseling, and psychopharmacology. As a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist, Breeda is a board member of the Peace Psychology and International Psychology divisions of APA and a school crisis prevention and intervention trainer. She also serves as a board member on the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants in Chicago and provides consultation and training for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Originally from Ireland, Breeda collaborates with international colleagues in Indonesia, Senegal, Greece, and India.

Carl (Callie) Hattingh, Clinical Psychologist, Director Ericksonian Institute of Sydney AustraliaCarl (Callie) Hattingh is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Sydney, Australia. He is the Co-chair of the Crisis Intervention Committee of ISH and ESH. Carl is on the Board of Executives of the International Society of Hypnosis, the President Elect of Ego State Therapy International, the founding President of the Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, as well as the Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of SydneyHe received the Fuma award for his contribution to Promoting Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in South Africa, is a past Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA). He has been a trainer, keynote speaker and faculty member.  Carl has organised the Contemporary Approaches to Trauma congresses in South Africa and is a registered supervisor and trainer with Ego State Therapy International (ESTI), as well as a registered Somatic Experiencing for Trauma Practitioner (SEP).

Kathleen Long, MD, MBChB MPH DRCOG, President, European Society of Hypnosis, Glasgow, Scotland  – Dr. Kathleen Long attended Glasgow University and graduated in 1976. Her background includes generalist medicine and extensive experience within the Scottish NHS as a manager and medical director. She trained in hypnosis in 1982 and developed rapid reversal therapies for patients in general practice, trained health professionals in the NHS, Educators and also worked with athletes. She has been a member of BSMDH(S) since 1982 and has served several times as President and Secretary of BSMDH(S) She has been teaching hypnosis for many years and developed the basic course curriculum for BSMDH(S) in hypnosis for doctors and dentists. She has delivered workshops in many different countries and has served on the board of the European hypnosis Society (ESH) for 11years and is currently the President of the ESH. Kathleen is co-chair of the CIC.

Program Standards and Goals:
This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Workshop Schedule (Shown in CST):
11:00 am – Event Begins

12:30pm – Event Ends

Registration and Fees:
This program is offered free of charge.


Ahmad, F., Shakya, Y., Li, J., Khoaaja, K., Norman, C. D., Lou, W., Abuelaish, I., & Ahmadzi, H. M.  (2012). A pilot with computer-assisted psychosocial risk-assessment for refugees. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 12, 71–77. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6947-12-71 

American Psychological Association (2019). 2019 APA Immigration and refugee policy statement. https://www.apa.org/about/policy/immigration-refugee-policy.pdf 

American Psychiatric Association (2020). Stress and trauma toolkit for treating undocumented immigrants in a changing political and social environment. https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/cultural-competency/education/stress-and-trauma/undocumented-immigrants#top 

Infomigrants (2018). Amnesty Netherlands uses hypnosis to show migrant trauma. https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/7373/amnesty-netherlands-uses-hypnosis-to-show-migrant-trauma  

Kroening, A. L. H., & Dawson-Hahn, E. (2019). Health considerations for immigrant and refugee children. Advances in Pediatrics, 66, 87-110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yapd.2019.04.003  

Liem, A., Natari, R. B., Jimmy, & Hall, B. J., (2021). Digital health applications in mental health care for immigrants and refugees: A rapid review. Telemedicine and e-Health, 27(1), 3-16. https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2020.0012  

Morina, N., & Nickerson, A. (2018). Mental health of refugee and conflict-affected populations: Theory, research and clinical practice. Springer.  

Nayeri, D. (2019). The ungrateful refugee: What immigrants never tell you. Catapult. 

Silove D, Ventevogel P, & Rees S. (2017). The contemporary refugee crisis: An overview of mental health challenges. World Psychiatry. 16(2), 130–9. https://doi.org/10.1002/wps.20438 

Song, S., & Teichholtz, S. (2022). Mental health facts on refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of forced displacement. American Psychiatric Association. Mental-Health-Facts-for-Refugees.pdf (psychiatry.org) 

Tomita, A., Kandolo, K. M., Susser, E., & Burns, J. K. (2016). Use of short messaging services to assess depressive symptoms among refugees in South Africa: Implications for social services providing mental health care in resource-poor settings. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 22, 369–377. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X15605406 

UNHCR (2022). Mental health and psychosocial support. The UN Refugee Agency. https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/mental-health-psychosocial-support.html#:~:text=Through%20UNHCR’s%20Child%20Protection%20programming,are%20led%20by%20community%20members.  

van de Wiel, W., Castillo-Laborde, C., Francisco Urzúa, I., Fish, M., & Scholte, W. F. (2021). Mental health consequences of long-term stays in refugee camps: Preliminary evidence from Moria. BMC Public Health,21, 1290. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11301-x  

WHO (2021). Mental health and forced displacement. World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-health-and-forced-displacement  

Zheng, P., & Gray, M. J. (2014). Telehealth-based therapy connecting rural Mandarin-speaking traumatized clients with a Mandarin-speaking therapist. Clinical Case Studies, 13, 514–527. 

Continuing Education:
Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, hypnosis practitioners, University faculty and students. Members the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


June 24, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
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