Episode 76 - Dr. Patricia Shannon: Peeling the Fear from the Past: Building Community Capacities for Healing Refugee Trauma as a Human Rights Strategy

Monday, July 25, 2011, 9:01:45 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Patricia Shannon discusses her research related to the impact of war trauma and torture on the mental health of resettling refugee communities. Our guest describes research on the state of mental health screening practices based on a recent national survey and findings from her recent focus groups on the mental health of Karen, Bhutanese, Oromo and Somali refugees. Dr. Shannon describes efforts to develop community capacity for meeting the mental health needs of refugees and how community based healing can be utilized as a strategy to address the larger context of international human rights.

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Average Rating: 5stars  refugee and lack of trauma care and services, Monday, April 22, 2013

By Danevia McGee :

Dr. Partricia Shannon practices at the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis. The podcast explores the gaps in service to our refuges the legally resettle in our communities. She states there are 70,000 refugees, of which 30% have diagnose able PTSD that has gone untreated. The most surprising thing to this worker is the way the public just overlooks this concern. Dr. Shannon states in her research she completed a survey’s of more than 40 states in which more than half admit there are no mental health services offered to refugees. One would think it would be due to the overwhelming resettlement of the refugees meaning, aiding them basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and medical needs. This was not the case; Dr. Shannon found that state and local aid did not feel the need for mental health services was of importance. This was shocking to this worker, it is clear that there is a need for culturally appropriate services for refugees. They have needs that go far beyond the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. Dr. Shannon furthers her research and work to motivate and engage community based agencies to come together to develop multidisciplinary teams that will reduce the overwhelming feeling that these service providers may have if sought out separately.

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Average Rating: 5stars  episode 76 review, Saturday, October 29, 2011

By Danielle :

Dr. Patricia Shannon did a great job in this podcast on Peeling the fear from the past: Building community capacities for healing refugee trauma as human rights strategy. In this podcast, Dr. Patricia Shannon discusses her research practice on the refugee population in relation to the trauma they bring from the camps to the U.S. and their mental health status. In her research, she addresses how service providers/social workers can help refugees settle in the United States successfully. In addition, Dr. Patricia Shannon also addresses the gaps in the service delivery system for the refugee population.

An interesting point that Dr. Patricia Shannon mentioned in her research is when she stated a refugee told her, “…we just need someone to talk to…” Some people may assume that the refugee population want to keep to themselves and not interact with other people outside their culture, but yet, these refugees are willing to talk. Furthermore, I agree with Dr. Patricia Shannon, many communities through the United States need to find ways in which they can pull together as a community, in a budget sensitive way and create strength base and wellness base community that are appropriate and de-stigmatizing. This will help refugees and immigrants settle in to the U.S. successfully and benefit the community to be open-minded and accepting towards other cultures. Lastly, Dr. Patricia Shannon states in this podcast that the refugee/immigrant population needs more research and more evidence base approaches. This is important because research can indicates a lot of beneficial findings and can prepare practitioners with a better service delivery system for their clients.

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