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Trauma-Informed Care: Working with Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers

Description: The course offers a foundation of information regarding implementation of Trauma-Informed Care with refugees and asylum seekers (otherwise known as Displaced Persons). Displaced Persons often face an array of stressors and trauma in their lifetime. Life in their home country, migration, and life in their new host country may be traumatizing or re-triggering. Using a trauma-informed approach can help prevent the potential of re-traumatization and help empower these individuals in any setting.

This online course offers the training in a video format. All course handouts can be viewed online, saved to your computer, or printed.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the role of trauma in the lives of refugees/asylum seekers/immigrants
  2. Describe how migration and relocation affects this population
  3. Identify implications for implementing trauma-informed care for this population
  4. Devise strategies on how to be trauma-informed in work with this population


Course Outline:

Two video modules include:

  1. Introduction to trauma-informed care and refugees/asylum seekers/immigrants
  2. Trauma and its impact on refugees/asylum seekers/immigrants
  3. Practices when working with this population that may be re-traumatizing and how to avoid re-traumatization


Handouts Located in the Materials Tab of the Course Site.

  • Course Outline
  • PowerPoint
  • Reading 1
  • Reading 2
  • Reading 3
  • Reading 4
  • Reading 5


Target Audience: This course is appropriate for all professionals and volunteers (doctors, nurses, caseworkers, administration, etc.) working with refugees/asylum seekers/immigrants and other displaced persons that are in need of foundational information on trauma and trauma-informed care. Courses in the certificate program are suitable for all levels of professionals.


Handouts: If it makes it easier for you to follow the course videos, we recommend you

print your handouts from the Materials section and have them available as watch the

video modules. PowerPoints and other handouts are in the Materials tab of the course. They can be saved to your computer or printed.


Course Availability: Your license for watching this Digital Seminar never expires.


Course Completion:

  • Upon completion of watching the videos and readings, you will need to complete the evaluation and course quiz.
  • Based on best continuing education practice, quizzes are included to verify your acquisition of knowledge. A score of 80% is needed to pass. You may retake the quiz if you do not achieve a passing score the first time.
  • Certificate of Completion: Upon successful completion of the quiz, you will be able to print your Certificate of Completion for this course that includes your name, and completion date.
  • CEUs:  Use the Credit tab of the course to view the CEUs included. They will print out on your certificate of completion when you finish the course.
  • Hours for the UB School of Social Work Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) Trauma-Informed Organization Certificate Program:  1 elective hour
  • Frameable Certificate of Completion for the Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Certificate Program: If you are taking the entire ITTIC certificate Program, please email sw-ce@buffalo.edu  when you complete the program requirements and you will be mailed your certificate of completion.

ADA accommodations: If you require supports for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us in advance by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or phone at 716-829-5841.

Customer service: We are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have. Please contact us by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or phone at 716-829-5841.

Sister Beth Niederpruem, LMSW

Sister Beth Niederpruem, LMSW, is a New York State certified teacher, licensed social worker, and a nun with a Master of Arts in Theology. She taught in elementary schools for 15 years and served as a professional development officer for 23 years in various not-for-profit and educational agencies. Since 2015, Sister Beth has been working as a social worker for Jericho Road Community Health in Buffalo, New York helping refugee and asylum seeking families to seek a brighter future.  Prior to this, she worked for five years at Vive La Casa, Inc. in Buffalo providing services persons seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. In 2015, Jericho Road Community Health Center assumed operations of Vive.


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