Bi-Regional Cross-Training Project
Psychosocial Services to Refugees
A Bi-Regional collaboration between German, Jordanian, and Lebanese professional groups to provide culturally adapted psychosocial treatment services to the refugee populations in each country.
Common Bond Institute,
International Humanistic Psychology Association
in cooperation with:
Friends of Asylum in Freiburg, Michigan State University,
and an international consortium of professional organizations
Parliament of World’s Religions and Charter For Compassion
A project of the CBI’s Social Health Care Training Program
Arising out of the massive and growing refugee crisis in both regions, a collaborative cross-training initiative.
The project brings psychosocial treatment professionals from Jordan and Lebanon to Germany to provide training and orientation in cultural competency to German service providers assisting Middle Eastern refugee populations to increase local capacity to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems addressing multiple needs of large populations in crisis; particularly health care and mental health care needs. It also offers training and orientation to working with large groups and communal trauma. Training and orientation is provided by an international team of experts in the field working with the same refugee population in the Middle East.
In turn, the project enlists trauma therapists from Germany in the SHC training faculty to assist in training a progressively growing local pool of skilled psychosocial service providers and agencies serving refugees and at-risk members of the local society.
This collaborative project is based on mutual support and shared purposes in assisting refugees and asylum seekers in successfully integrating into a new, fruitful, and productive life in Germany, while also helping to emotionally heal refugees recover within their home culture and reduce the need for them to flee the Middle East.
Groundwork for creating and beginning the 1st stages of this initiative is currently being developed, and the project was officially launched in November, 2016 in Freiburg, Germany at the International Conference on the Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Middle East.
For further details contact:
Steve Olweean, Director of Common Bond Institute
Ph/Fax: 1-269-665-9393, Email: Solweean@aol.com
12170 South Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan 49034