Immigrants and refugees leave their homes for unfamiliar destinations in search of better lives for themselves and their families. Despite challenges, most immigrants and refugees lead healthy lives and contribute greatly to American society. However, many have experienced significant trauma as well as profound loss and emotional distress as they adjust to life in the United States. The prevalence of mental health conditions, especially posttraumatic stress disorder and depression is high, particularly among refugees, a subgroup of immigrants who have been displaced forcibly and have often experienced severe trauma. Emotional wellbeing is critical to overall health. Our program aids in the social and emotional adjustment of immigrants and refugees in need. We provide mental health services with culturally informed approaches, educate healthcare providers about caring for immigrants and refugees, and increase professional and public awareness of the needs of immigrants and refugees.
Transition can be difficult, as immigrants and refugees adjust to new schools, work environments, and American culture, often with an added burden of lacking adequate resources to meet their most basic needs. Additionally, many of our clients continue to suffer from trauma that they experienced in their home countries or during migration. We provide mental health services with culturally sensitive approaches to aid the stability, social, and emotional adjustment of immigrants and refugees. Our therapists aim to help those in distress to recover a sense of individual well-being, and to improve relationships among family members. Our psychiatrists assist with diagnostic evaluation, offer judicious prescription of psychiatric medication when indicated, and sometimes conduct therapy themselves. We recognize that many refugees don't know what services are available to help them get settled. We offer extensive case management services, helping immigrants and refugees navigate and access the complex healthcare and social services systems. While some of our providers have facility with certain languages, we most often rely on the help of our pool of trainer interpreters to aid in communication with our clients.
We provide interprofessional and interdepartmental teaching in Immigrant and Refugee mental health at CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Our students include psychiatry trainees, social work interns and faculty in the department of psychiatry. We provide case consultations with providers in other medical specialties, including internal medicine, pediatrics and neurology.
We have highly skilled, culturally informed psychiatrists, a psychologist, and social workers on our team who have extensive experiences working with refugees and immigrants along with our interpreters who speak a host of different languages.