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June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
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Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
Overcoming past and present traumas through family resiliency: “we see it as mental well-being not mental health”. - Charity Mokgaetji Somo

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Overcoming past and present traumas through family resiliency: “we see it as mental well-being not mental health”.
Presenter: Charity Mokgaetji Somo (University of Georgia, USA)
Co-Author: Desiree Seponski 
Introduction: Refugee families face incredibly traumatic experiences at home, during relocation to and resettlement in the host country. Researchers and interventionists focus on challenges to family health without paying attention to how these families have shown the ability to bounce back from adversity and become resourceful to themselves and their community. 
Methods: We conducted a needs assessment on the mental wellbeing of refugee families by facilitating two focus group discussions, 1) with refugee center stakeholders, 2) with refugee community stakeholders. The aim of the focus groups was to engage these stakeholders around the mental health outcomes of newly arriving refugees in the United States as well as to conduct a summative evaluation of the refugee responsive series that was previously implemented by the researchers. The data was analysed through content thematic analysis in order to classify the information into themes that will inform the mental wellbeing intervention program in that community 
Findings: The overarching theme was that it is better to refer to mental health as mental wellbeing; mental health implies pathology while well-being does NOT confine families to a diagnosis. Among several themes that emerged, participants reported that they have indigenous cultural ways they implement to adapt to overcome their traumas.   


Charity Somo

University of Georgia

Wednesday June 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Century City Conference Centre Western Cape Town, South Africa

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