Refugee Mental Health & Complex Trauma

FEBRUARY 24, 2021 | 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Approved for 3 Continuing Education Hours

Level of Course | 100 Introduction

This introductory-level workshop will describe common stressors, adjustment difficulties, and behavioral health concerns experienced by refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries due to persecution, armed conflict, and/or war. This training will describe behavioral health assessment and treatment services offered within an interdisciplinary Immigrant & Refugee Health Clinic serving patients from Bhutan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Eritrea, and Democratic Republic of Congo, among other countries. In addition, evidence-based treatments adapted for refugee populations will be described within an integrative framework for treating complex trauma and depression in vulnerable populations. Clinical discussion and case examples will be used to illustrate cultural adaptations and challenges that may be useful to consider when working with refugee populations. Course participants will be able to ask questions via webinar chat during the Q&A portion of the course.


  1. Identify common stressors and adjustment difficulties throughout the refugee migration trajectory.
  2. Identify common barriers to accessing and utilizing behavioral health services.
  3. Name two evidence-based treatments that have been adapted for and used with refugee populations.
  4. Identify common behavioral health concerns experienced by refugee populations.

Presented by Laurie Greco, PhD

Vice Chair of Behavioral Health @OSU’s Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Laurie Greco is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a behavioral health clinician and educator. Dr. Greco is co-founder of the OSU Immigrant & Refugee Health Clinic and Vice Chair for Behavioral Health in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is an international trainer and consultant in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is trained and certified in evidence-based treatments for trauma such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy. Dr. Greco has published over 30 articles and book chapters and co-edited a book on mindfulness-based interventions. She also developed two widely used measures of mindfulness and acceptance that have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours. Evaluation must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.

This training is approved for CE social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for counselors and specialists in domain C8, P7, and P8.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. You may request an accommodation or inquire about accessibility as part of the Zoom registration process. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.

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Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068.