Full title: Anti-racist and anti-oppression approaches when working with immigrants and refugees
Presenters: Stefanie Cali, Education Specialist, Office of Health Equity, CAMH and Leo Edwards, PhD, RSW, Senior Diversity and Equity Consultant, CAMH.
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
The diversity of immigrants and refugees to Canada has increased substantially, leading to a racially and ethnically diverse population. Between 2011 and 2016, source countries for newcomers to Canada were from the continents of Africa and Asia. Recently, the country has received refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Health, settlement and social services are essential for newcomers' successful settlement and integration. Social services link new immigrants and refugees to essential services for their daily needs, and healthcare provides access to primary health and other health promotion programs. However, there is an inherent power differential that exits between the newcomer service user and service providers. How can providers deliver services in a mutually respectful relationship when the newcomer is from a different race, culture or class?
Join this webinar to learn about:
- Racism and its effects on mental health
- Intersecting identifies
- Power and privilege
- Working from an anti-oppression and anti-racism approach.
Stefanie Cali is currently an Education Specialist with The Office of Health Equity at The Center for Addiction and Mental Health. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has 14 years experience providing behavioural and mental health support to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in hospital, community, and residential settings. As a clinician, educator and consultant, she has facilitated numerous educational opportunities focused on a variety of behavioural and mental health topics for internal and external colleagues and stakeholders, mental health service consumers and students. She is passionate about the dissemination of educational and mental health information to support service users and their families and to increase professional practice knowledge and interdisciplinary interactions with other health care providers in clinical and community settings.
Leo D. Edwards is a Grenadian therapist, lecturer, and mental health consultant who now calls Canada home. Leo has more than 14 years of experience in the human service field. He completed his Bachelor of Social Work from York University, Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in Social Justice Education from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Leo has since been employed in several social and educational organizations. Leo is currently employed in a Senior Health Equity leadership portfolio at Canada's largest mental health teaching hospitals and one of the world's leading research centres. Also, he has a private practice providing psychotherapy, counselling and healing with Black and people of colour living with mental health and other life challenges. He is trained in Culturally Adapted Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CA-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, trauma-focused therapy and Narrative Therapy, to name a few.