International Family, Adult, and Child Enhancement Services (FACES): A Community-Based Comprehensive Services Model for Refugee Children in Resettlement

Dina Birman, Sarah Beehler, Emily Merrill Harris, Mary Lynn Everson, Karen Batia, Joan Liautaud, Stacy Frazier, Marc Atkins, Shanika Blanton, Johanna Buwalda, Louis Fogg, Elise Cappella

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Abstract

The development of evidence-based mental health interventions for refugees is complicated by the cultural and linguistic diversity of the participants, and the need to balance treatment of past traumatic experiences with ongoing support during the process of acculturation. In an effort to gather "practice-based evidence" from existing mental health services for refugees, a collaborative study of International Family, Adult, and Child Enhancement Services (FACES), a comprehensive, community-based mental health program working with refugee children, was conducted to describe the program participants and service delivery model and to assess whether participants improved over time as a function of services. Results showed that participants improved, but that the improvement was not related to dosage of services. Implications of these findings for refugee mental health services are discussed and suggestions are made for future evaluation research of mental health services with refugees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-132
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume78
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • child mental health services
  • evidence-based practice
  • practice-based evidence
  • refugee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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