Monday, August 17, 2009

Emotional Resiliency Resources while pursuing Higher Ed

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Former Foster Youth in Campus Support Programs,
December 2, 2008.

California College Pathways conducted a web seminar to provide ongoing learning opportunities and resources for professionals working with current and former foster youth. Mental health experts from Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside discussed the relationship between mental health support and educational attainment for foster youth in higher education. They shared their evidence-based approach to addressing the mental health needs of former foster youth on campus.

Information provided in the training included:
- Issues foster youth present when transitioning into college.
- Strategies for working with foster care with mental health needs (e.g. medication management, therapy).
- Signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- How to refer a student psychological services.
- Types of counseling and support resources are available on college campuses

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A sense of home in exile

Quote from the article A Sense of Home in Exile by Sandra Dudley:

"Materializing exile"
Displacement inevitably complicates and changes people's relationships with objects and places, as well as with each other. In order to live as 'normally' as possible within a new place, Karenni refugees seek to make it familiar in material ways...

-They are attempting to connect two points in space and time.
-They affirm their connections through the ritual of food, clothing and everyday activities.
-They are re-creating a sense of home.