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 “I don’t see them in my practice”: The Ethics of Serving Refugee and Immigrant Survivors of Torture and Trauma presented by Josh Hinson, LCSW, LCAS and Laura Garlock, MSW || SLIDES || Printable handouts

Monday, September 21, 2015, 12-2 pmat the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  

When: Monday, September 21, 2015, 12-2 pm, with a catered meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

CEUs2 hoursLaura Garlock

Fees: $35/workshop (includes lunch). Free of Charge to UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office). Discounted rate for UNC SSW students and faculty taken at register. Free of charge for UNC SSW Staff. Additional $6 charge for psychologists for Category A credit. (Please bring $6 on the day of event.)

Registration: online pre-registration    (You may pre-register up until the day prior to the program.)

Description:  Research shows that refugees experience disproportionately high rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other stress-related disorders. Refugees also face a multitude of barriers to therapeutic services, including lack of culturally appropriate treatment and limited access to interpretation services. In this workshop, Josh Hinson and Laura Garlock will focus on the refugee experience in North Carolina, and explore our ethical obligation as mental health professionals to participate in their care. They will draw from the codes of ethics for social workers, counselors, and psychologists, which include language on providing quality services for all, honoring diversity, embracing multicultural approaches, and obtaining education to understand oppression with respect to ethnicity and immigration status. They will also provide information and resources on best practices for working with refugees in North Carolina.

Trainers:  Josh Hinson, LCSW, LCAS is a Clinical Instructor at the UNC School of Social Work, where he serves as Program Director for the UNC-CH Graduate Certificate in Global Transmigration. Josh began working with Cuban refugees in 1995 as a volunteer with Lutheran Family Services in Greensboro, NC. Since then he has worked with indigenous community development organizations in Mexico; with Latino farm workers in eastern NC; as a social worker at a rural county department of social services; and as a mental health and substance abuse counselor with Spanish-speakers. Josh is the Principal Investigator for the UNC Global Transmigration–Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative, a research project designed to assess the need for, feasibility, and acceptability of mental health services for refugees in North Carolina. The project began contracting with the North Carolina State Refugee Office in 2015 to provide mental health services to refugees in three counties.

Laura Garlock, MSW is the Program Coordinator of the UNC Global Transmigration–Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative (Refugee Wellness). She is a recent graduate of the UNC School of Social Work, and during her two years as a student there, she was a research assistant and intern with Refugee Wellness. Laura has been volunteering and interning with organizations serving international populations since 2008 – working with refugees, Latino newcomers, and battered immigrants in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, volunteering with working children and indigenous communities in Ecuador, and teaching English in French middle schools.

Handouts: All handouts for the event will be posted on the top of this event’s page.


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Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to 

  1. Identify at least 1 principle in their professional code of ethics that pertains to the issue of providing services to refugees in need of mental health services.
  2. Recognize at least 1 strategy that will allow mental health providers to use a mental health screener and work effectively with interpreters.
  3. Explain aspects of the refugee experience in North Carolina, including what is a refugee, and the multiple layers of potential trauma in the refugee experience.
  4.  Access an evidence-based refugee mental health screening instrument that is available in 14 languages.

Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and refund policies:  No refunds. You may transfer your place to a colleague. Please contact Deborah Barrett, Ph.D., LCSW at or (919) 843-5818 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and  may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  2 Contact Hours.  

The program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is offered for hours of category A continuing education credit.

Attendance Policy: – To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session. 

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at or 919-843-5818