Common Bond Institute

Bi-Regional Cross-Training Project

Bi-Regional Cross-Training Project


Psychosocial Services to Refugees

A Bi-Regional collaboration between professional groups to provide culturally adapted psychosocial treatment services to the refugee populations in countries hosting refugees.

Sponsored by:
Common Bond Institute,
International Humanistic Psychology Association

in partnership with:
Michigan State University,
and in cooperation with
an international consortium of professional organizations

Partner event of:
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 together from societies hosting refugees to provide training and orientation in cultural competency to service providers assisting Middle Eastern refugee populations. The goal is to increase local capacity to provide effective direct treatment services, and 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.The project enlists trauma therapists from from CBI’s Social Health Care training network 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 host communities outside the Middle East, 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 to officially launch in 2017.

For further details contact:
Steve Olweean, Director of Common Bond Institute

Ph/Fax: 1-269-665-9393, Email:
12170 South Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan 49034

Donate to Support This Humanitarian Effort

Make a Tax Deductible Donation (for U.S. taxes) in support of providing these critical services to refugees through our partner non-profit organization: International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)