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Date(s) - 19/04/2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Royal West Campus


Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth and Their Families

This workshop is based on a research program conducted in three Canadian provinces that examined best practices and programs to support the integration of refugee and newcomer youth. Jan Stewart will present and discuss a newly published book “Bridging Two Worlds” that came out of that research.

Educators, settlement workers, career development practitioners and anyone working front line with immigrant and refugee youth and their families including secondary, post-secondary, Indigenous institutions, healthcare, justice, ethno-cultural, faith groups, etc).

Within the education sector this workshop will be valuable for those teaching in Indigenous institutions both for the benefit of teachers and students who face some of the same challenges as newcomers, but also because it will provide them with insights on the interface between newcomer and indigenous students.

– trauma-sensitivity/mental health awareness;
– career development.
– social determinants of health;
– refugee characteristics;
– building personal and community connections;
– teacher/counsellor self-care;
– culturally responsive practice;
– peace and sustainability;

Findings related to best-practices for supporting refugee and newcomer youth in
Canada will be shared and recommendations for policy and practice will be discussed.

Facilitated by:
Dr. Jan Stewart, is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Winnipeg and currently the Acting Dean of The Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health. Jan is the lead investigator of a three-year national research program to examine best practices for supporting refugee and newcomer youth. She is the lead investigator of a provincially-funded research program exploring the mental health needs and challenges for refugee youth and a SSHRC funded study on the settlement, education and psychosocial needs of Syrian refugees in Canada.

With over 30 years of teaching, research, and field experience, Jan has achieved expertise working with children and youth who have been affected by conflict, trauma, violence, abuse, mental health issues, neglect, and human rights violations. Jan is the author of The Anger Workout Book for Teens, The Tough Stuff Series, The STARS Program and Supporting Refugee Children: Strategies for Educators. Her new book, Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth was released in January 2018.

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