Rethinking Refugee Trauma and Mental Health
Friday May 24: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
How are refugees adjusting to life in the US - given the current political climate? Research from multiple disciplines reveals that humans not only need each other to survive but also to thrive. However, we live in a world that divides us along lines such as gender, race, class, religion, and ableism making it harder to connect.
Many of us assume that our current world is a natural progression of human nature, and therefore the only possibility. We privilege western models of mental health that focus its lens on individual capacities. This approach often ignores macro-level influences that shape such capacities.
This Olio addresses some of the assumptions made in the field of psychology on trauma and healing and argues for a multidisciplinary approach to have a more comprehensive understanding of macro-level forces and how they impact individual capacities. How we conceptualize trauma and healing is embedded within particular historical, political, social, and economic contexts. Using dynamic systems thinking allows us to situate this knowledge in its particular context, trace how these constructs have changed over time and reveal different possibilities of how we might effectively make lasting changes to our approach toward mental health.
Teacher: Kim Nguyen is a doctoral student at City University of New York in the Critical Social and Personality Psychology program and a research associate at sexgenlab.org. She currently teaches at Pratt Institute and Hunter College. Kim graduated from the Human Development and Social Intervention Master’s program at New York University (NYU) and her research interests are in gender studies (particularly masculinity), child development within sociohistorical and cultural contexts, social justice with a critical lens, political war trauma, and decolonizing healing practices. Kim is interested in the different ways in which social injustice and power dynamics dehumanize and disrupt our ability to connect with one another (and ourselves) and therefore, heal from war-related trauma. Kim was also the project manager for the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity, a think-and-do tank based at NYU and the education program coordinator for the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College Columbia University.
Complimentary beer by our presenting partner Sixpoint Brewery.
Sixpoint’s motto is “Beer is Culture,” to highlight the human trajectory—the earliest human civilizations were founded upon the cultivation of cereal grains for making beer. Sixpoint aims to perpetually inspire the art, creativity, and collaboration generated through beer by acknowledging the history of the craft, while forging ahead to inspire culture in a modern setting.