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Trauma Recovery for Refugees & Immigrants
in Southern California

The problem

Trauma is a silent epidemic in our world. There are over 20,000 refugees from East African countries (Sudan, Congo, Somalia etc.) currently living in San Diego.

83% of them have endured traumatic experiences (e.g. forced evacuation, violence, kidnapping)
85% suffer from at least one symptom of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

The vision

To create a cost-effective, community-based program to address
PTSD and trauma among refugees and immigrants in Southern California.


Our plan

Given the scope of the project, we've split it into 5 phases.

Phase 1:  What is the rate of PTSD among refugees in San Diego?
Completed in December 2012.  See results »
Phase 1:  What is the rate of PTSD among refugees in San Diego?
Phase 2:  Educating refugee leaders on Trauma, PTSD & Recovery
Completed in October 2013.  Find out more »
Phase 2:  Educating refugee leaders on Trauma, PTSD & Recovery
Phase 3:  5-month pilot research project with 80 refugees
Scheduled for completion Summer 2015
  • Weekly 2 hour group sessions for 2 months, then monthly for 3 months, each led by 2 trauma-trained facilitators.
  • Each session includes Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE).
  • Progress of each refugee is closely monitored and evaluated by the research team from National University.
Phase 4:  Pilot wrap-up, evaluation and training of refugee leaders
Scheduled for late 2015
  • What worked?  What didn't work? How can we turn the pilot into a highly effective, sustainable, ongoing program for the refugee community? 
  • Provide Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) Certification Trainings and supervision to refugee leaders. 
  • Continue once a month trauma recovery groups post-research until refugee leaders are fully trained and certified.
Phase 5:  Full program launch
Scheduled for 2016
  • Mentor refugee leaders as they transition into their new roles facilitating trauma recovery groups.
  • Find the resources for a sustainable, ongoing program.
  • Launch program.

Trauma induced behavior cannot be rectified with the use of traditional crisis intervention techniques that depend on logical processing because trauma behavior is an illogical, instinctual response not under the control of the rational brain

David Berceli, Ph.D.


The team

  • Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
  • Anshul Mittal, Operations Director, Living Ubuntu
  • Abdi Mohamoud, Executive Director of Horn of Africa
  • Chuol Tut, Executive Director of Southern Sudanese Center of San Diego
  • Jan Parker, PhD, LMFT, CBT, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, National University
  • Charles Tatum, PhD, Lead MA in Human Behavior, Department of Psychology, National University
  • Brenda L. Shook, PhD, Program Lead Faculty, Department of Psychology, National University

Living Ubuntu is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a focus on mind-body issues, specifically health and well-being, and the effects of stress, trauma and compassion fatigue. We seek to increase awareness of the global and local impact of these issues, build a sense of community, and encourage living a more fully embodied life.

Faculty from National University, the second-largest, private, non-profit institution of higher learning in California.

Horn of Africa is a 501c3 non-profit community-based organization in San Diego representing and advocating for the comprehensive and diverse needs and opportunities of African refugees and immigrants in San Diego, with a particular emphasis on refugees from Somalia.

Southern Sudanese Community Center of San Diego is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides support for those who have immigrated from war torn South Sudan. Most of its staff is unpaid volunteers who donate their time to support refugee communities.

Sudanese American Youth Center San Diego is a non-profit organization based in the San Diego, California area focusing on mentoring Sudanese youth on how to become successful in the United States and still maintain the Sudanese cultural identity and value.

Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a professional institute and training program for clinicians committed to Bioenergetic Analysis as a form of psychotherapy.


How you can help

We need caring, grounded and committed investors behind this program. 

  • $30/month helps provide 1 week's service to 1 refugee  ($1/day level)
  • $120/month helps provide 1 month's services to 1 refugee  ($4/day level)

Can you help?

Online fundraising for Trauma Recovery for Refugees & Immigrants in San Diego

Other ways to help: We need help in all aspects of program implementation (graphic design, fundraising, project management etc). If you're like to get involved, please get in touch with us. 


Contact

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Or call us at (949) 891-2005.


Links

[ National University ]
[ Horn of Africa ]
[ Southern Sudanese Community Center of San Diego ]
[ Sudanese-American Youth Center of San Diego ]
[ Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis ]

 
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