BRYCS webinars are a free and efficient way for you to participate in valuable training that will assist you in serving refugee and immigrant children, youth, and their families. Trainings such as these often fit into your busy schedule and can eliminate travel expenses. Best of all, there is no cost to participate!

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Archived Webinars

"A Woman's Country"? Addressing the Fears and Misconceptions Impacting the Cultural Adjustment of Refugee Families

BRYCS Consultant, Goli Bellinger, MSW, LCSW-C, will focus on strategies to raise awareness  and invite acculturation discussions on family safety within the refugee service provider and educational communities.  There will be emphasis on how to identify and connect to refugee goals in order to better connect to fears and rising family conflict and tension after immigration. The webinar also includes an introduction to Situational Couples Violence, as differentiated from Classic Domestic Violence.

Child Abuse Issues with Refugee Populations (PART I)- Recognizing Suspected Child Maltreatment in Culturally Diverse Refugee Families

This webinar is for refugee resettlement and other refugee professionals who do not have a background in child welfare. Participants will learn about the types of child maltreatment and how to recognize child maltreatment in refugee families, considering cultural factors.

Child Abuse Issues with Refugee Populations (PART II)- Refugee Resettlement and Child Welfare: Working Together for Child Protection

This is a follow-up to the first webinar on recognizing child maltreatment, and is also for refugee resettlement and other refugee professionals who do not have a background in child welfare. Refugee resettlement participants will gain information on mandated reporting as well as learn how to work with their local child welfare agency to help strengthen refugee families.

Child Friendly Interviewing: Dos & Don'ts

This webinar is for service providers working with families and young people from refugee and immigrant communities who would like to improve their interviews with youth. Participants will learn about best practices and tips for how to make interviews more child-friendly and less intimidating for children. Suggestions for how to do so with a limited or non-existent budget for child welfare supplies will also be discussed.

Child Victims of Human Trafficking: Outcomes & Service Adaptation within the URM Program

Due to an increasing number of child victims of human trafficking being identified and in need of specialized care in the United States, a study was conducted on the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program (URM) in 2015 to look specifically at the outcomes of the child trafficking victims served. This webinar provides an overview of children and youth served, methodology, and discusses key findings on keeping victims safe in community-based care, child well-being, foster family selection and placement, and foster parent training and retention.

Community Conversations: An Introduction to Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

BRYCS' Community Conversations project aims to reduce the risk and improve the care of women and girls affected by FGC, particularly among refugee communities. BRYCS Consultant, Jenny Siegel, discusses the cultural roots, health consequences and risk factors of FGC. She also shares the impacted community's concerns and needs related to FGC, especially in their interactions with community providers (i.e. medical practitioners, resettlement staff, family members).

Creating Compassionate Schools: Supporting Unaccompanied Refugee Children

What is it like for an unaccompanied, undocumented child to be apprehended at the border, reunified and transitioned into the public education? During this webinar you will learn what happens when an immigrant child is taken into custody, the services available upon his or her release, and barriers with the education.  In addition, the discussion will include cultural affirming practices that child welfare agencies can incorporate to better serve this population.  Through video clips, case studies, group discussion, and a review of best practices, participants will gain a greater understanding of the strengths, and challenges facing these children and how to best meet their overall needs in an educational setting. In addition, best practices to support educational professionals to support them in working with this population.

Enrolling Refugee Children in U.S. Schools 

"He doesn't have a birth certificate."
"You have only lived in the U.S. for a couple of months."
"She is not the child's legal guardian."
"They don't have any previous educational documents."

This webinar focuses on the challenges of enrolling children into the local public school system and the current protections in place at the federal level such as Plyler v. Doe and the McKinney-Vento Act. Additional recommendations are discussed.

"I Have, "I Am," & "I Can": Serving Students with Interrupted Formal Education

This BRYCS webinar focuses on students with interrupted formal education: who they are and the challenges they face as they struggle to succeed in school and society. Professionals who work with SIFE learners will gain an understanding of where these students have been and why they may have gaps in their academic knowledge. Recommendations are given for both classroom interventions and community supports to assist these students close the academic gap with their peers and build internal resilience for long-term social and emotional health. This webinar is based on a book by the presenters: Students with Interrupted Formal Education: Bridging Where They Are and What They Need by Corwin Press.

Journey to Resettlement: Refugee Experiences in Countries of Asylum

If you encounter refugee families and children in your community, you may wonder what their lives were like just prior to arriving in the United States. What is it like to go to school in a refugee camp? How do urban refugees find work or medical care? What does the typical daily routine look like? Refugee resettlement is often a long process, and is a unique experience of hardship, triumph and hope. Learn about these experiences from two former refugees, Paw Ku from Burma and Suhad Khudhair from Iraq, as they give us a glimpse into their stories of migration. 

Integration Barriers: Perspectives from Refugee Youth

This webinar discusses the biggest integration barriers refugee youth face and is intended for resettlement service providers and school staff and counselors. Presenters share the findings and recommendations that came out of the U.S. Refugee Youth Consultation in February 2016. The methodology for how these barriers were found is also discussed.

Interviews for Suspected Child Maltreatment: Tips for Foreign Language Interpreters

This webinar is for people who interpret interviews related to child maltreatment, as well for those who use foreign language interpreters in conversations related to child abuse. The presentation outlines best practices for interviewing in these sensitive circumstances, lets interpreters know what they should expect in the content and process of an interview regarding child abuse, and will help interpreters avoid common errors that might invalidate an interview regarding child abuse.

*This presentation is meant to provide advice and orientation for those who interpret child abuse interviews and for those who use interpreter services in child abuse interviews. It is not meant to and should not be used in court to evaluate the quality of the interpretation of a child abuse interview.

Language Access and Schools: Federal Requirements and School Experiences

A joint webinar with the Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy (NCIIP) explores federal requirements for providing interpretation and translation in schools. The webinar also looks at how select school districts in Minnesota and Colorado have managed these requirements.

Managing Trauma: Tips for Supporting RefugeeTeens in Schools, Refugee Resettlement, & Other Contexts

This webinar builds off of BRYCS previous webinar on Understanding Trauma in Refugee Youth. Hugo Kamya, PhD, Professor  and Fulbright Specialist Roster Scholar at the Simmons College School of Social and Lisa Fontes, PhD, Senior Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts encourage you to reflect on your work and relationships with refugee teens. Participants will learn about some of the dilemmas facing refugee teenagers, how to converse helpfully and meaningfully with refugee teens, as well as ways to intervene more effectively with refugee teens, their families, and schools.

Muslim Refugee Youth: Stories & Strategies Addressing Discrimination & Bullying

Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise and affects Muslim refugee youth and families in unique ways. This webinar shares statistics and stories on bullying and discrimination among diverse Muslim youth. These stories are contextualized within a wider discussion on cultural competency when working with Muslim refugee youth and psychological and sociological concerns that this population may experience. This webinar provides best practices and recommendations for individuals, families, schools, and the wider community in meeting these challenges. BRYCS co-sponsored this webinar with the International Intercultural Center (ICC).

Promoting Equity and Excellence for All: Welcoming and Teaching Newcomer Children in U.S. Schools

BRYCS co-sponsored this webinar with with the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium. The presentation addresses the diversity, strengths and needs of the growing number of immigrant students with a focus on creating a welcoming and positive school climate and strategies for teaching content to English Language Learners.   A school system that recently transformed as a result of an influx of Karen refugees describes their experiences and "lessons learned" and resources for further information and technical assistance are provided.

Refugee 101: With a Special Look at Child-Specific Issues 

What questions do you most commonly get in your workplace or community about refugees and resettlement? Do you feel well poised to answer these questions and advocate for newcomers? In today's political climate, it is critical that we understand the refugee resettlement process, especially if working with this vulnerable population. This webinar aims to humanize the refugee experience and will cover some of the basics: what is a refugee and the push/pull factors of migration. Presenters discuss the pre-arrival process, including security measures, and post-arrival services. There is a special emphasis on child-specific issues.

School Orientation for Refugee Parents: Best Practices

Research has told us that one of the greatest ways to help a child be more engaged and succeed in school is by involving their parents or guardians. As educators, social service providers, or immigrant/refugee advocates, what ways can we incorporate some basic lessons and strategies on the United States' education system and ease the stress of adjustment for newly arrived refugee parents? Equipping parents with foundational parenting lessons, contact information for school representatives, and an understanding of local resources will help them to better support their child on the path to integration and success in school. In this webinar, 3 programs discuss their work to better orient refugee parents to the opportunities and challenges that their children will face in school.

Sex Trafficking of Minors: Know the Process, Look for the Signs 

This webinar discusses the process by which many minors fall victim to sex trafficking, as well as some of the signs and indicators that may point to a potential child trafficking situation. It is intended for service providers working with at-risk youth, teachers, school social workers, and for anyone charged with the responsibility for the safety of minors, including parents and guardians. It also addresses some of the prevalent misconceptions about child sex trafficking, as well as highlight aspects of the phenomenon that quite literally "hide in plain sight."

Strong Roots and Bright Futures: Promoting Successful Adjustment of Refugee Youth

BRYCS co-sponsored this webinar with the Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC). In this Webinar, Heidi Ellis, PhD, Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience, Boston Children's Hospital, discussed the risk and protective processes most critical to refugee youth adjustment; Lyn Morland, MSW, MA, BRYCS, provided effective family strengthening models that promote positive youth adjustment; and Dina Birman, PhD, BRYCS Consultant and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, discussed the latest research on mentoring for refugee and immigrant youth.

Study on Unaccompanied Children: Factors in Successful Integration

Join USCCB Foster Care and Family Reunification staff to learn about the findings from their study on factors in successful integration of unaccompanied children. Themes were gleaned from interviews with youth, caregivers, and case managers, as well as surveys from USCCB's network of foster care and family reunification providers. The presentation will address promising practices in case management and key service areas such as education and legal services, and the importance of youth strengths and relational support.

Supporting Newcomer Students through Parent Civic Engagement in Schools 

This BRYCS webinar provides resettlement staff and refugee community leaders with information on how refugees can become more civically engaged with their local school systems. Opportunities such as providing input on budgets and weighing in on school board policies and regulations are discussed. Learn about refugee parental rights, such as receiving information in a language one understands, that impact civic engagement. Finally, learn about the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how it may affect refugee students and families.

Supporting Unaccompanied Children in U.S. Schools

BRYCS co-sponsored this webinar with USCCB's Children's Services. With the new school year underway, communities nationwide will begin to notice a new population of undocumented children within their schools and may be perplexed at how to assist these children and their families. This Webinar provides an overview of current humanitarian crisis and information regarding school enrollment including some of the challenges and best practices. Finally, since many of these children have experienced some type of trauma prior to coming to the U.S., an introduction to trauma-informed education is provided.

To Speak or Not to Speak about Past Trauma: Shifting the Focus to the Present Impacts of Current Events and Assimilation on Immigrant Children

BRYCS Consultant, Goli Amin Bellinger, MSW, LCSW-C, focuses on how to assess and respond to a child's current difficulties arising from assimilation and tragic events in news reports.  An emphasis is placed on avoiding the experience of a toxic trauma story by completing it with stories of resiliency from the past and present.  The webinar includes how to recognize stress induced reactions in children and what to recommend to both children and their parents to support adjustment and healing.

Understanding Trauma in Refugee Youth: Pre-flight, Flight, & Post-flight

Refugee youth often face multiple traumatic experiences due to forced migration throughout their resettlement journey. With the aim of better understanding refugee trauma and mental health, this presentation offers a foundational knowledge of relevant theories; case vignettes illustrating refugee youth in the community, family, and school; and school-specific considerations.