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Children Youth and Families (CYFSOC) Conference 2017

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Children Youth and Families System of Care Training Academy Presents
Honoring the Journey: Partnering with Refugee Families

Refugee families are a disparate and proud. They have been exposed to multiple stressors to arrive here in San Diego. This conference will provide tools to support refugee families through the development of trust and rapport. Conference presentations will address the recognition of resilience and the impact of trauma, the effects and challenges of forced migration, and identify culturally responsive interventions, tools and available resources for refugee families.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Recognize resilience and the impact of trauma
  • Describe the effects and challenges of forced migration
  • Identify culturally responsive interventions, tools and resources

Trainer Bios

Dixie Galapon, Ph.D

Dixie Galapon works for Family Health Centers as the Associate Director of Mental Health in East County. She is currently based at the El Cajon Family Health Center, a clinic site which provides integrated behavioral health and primary health care to diverse members of the community, including refugee and immigrant communities from the Middle East. Prior to working at FHCSD, she worked at the Union of Pan Asian Communities wherein she managed various programs related to serving the Asian/Pacific Islander communities, as well as other refugee/immigrant communities. She has functioned as a trainer at BHETA, providing training for the County of San Diego, Behavioral Health Cultural Competence Academy, as well as other cultural responsiveness trainings. She has also engaged in statewide efforts for mental health prevention and early intervention related to the California Reducing Disparities Project, and served as the Regional Lead (in San Diego and Orange County) for the Asian/Pacific Islander Strategic Planning Workgroup. She obtained her doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego.


Joe Reimann, Ph.D

Dr. Joachim (Joe) Reimann has provided direct clinical services to San Diego’s Middle Eastern and East African refugee groups for over ten years. He has also published funded research addressing these populations as well as cultural competence in general. Known as “Dr. Joe” in the community, Dr. Reimann is a psychologist in private practice, a board member for Somali Family Services of San Diego, and a Behavioral Health Program Manager for San Diego County’s Behavioral Health Services at Juvenile Forensic Services. While previously on the adjunct faculty at San Diego State University, Dr. Reimann received grant and contract support through the U.S. Office of Minority Health, the National Center for Minority Health Disparities, the Hispanic Centers of Excellence, and the California Endowment. In 2012 he was honored as Clinician of the Year at the Mental (now Behavioral) Health Recognition Dinner, largely for his work with local Somali consumers.


Andrea Frost, MA

Andrea Frost currently works as a Project Resource Teacher for the Office of Children & Youth in Transition in San Diego Unified School District. She serves students who are refugees as well as those who are homeless, in foster care, and the military. Andrea has 14 years of classroom teaching experience, working with students in 1st thru 5th grade in Chicago Public Schools and San Diego Unified School District. Her professional interest is helping to ensure that all students and families receive academic and social-emotional supports needed to be successful in school. Andrea was raised as a military child and grew up in Virginia/DC area, Germany, Texas, and Illinois. She graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A., English), San Diego State University (K-8 Teaching Credential) and Concordia University (M.A., Reading Specialist).


Bridget de la Garza, MA

Bridget de la Garza coordinates a Refugee School Impact Grant for San Diego Unified School District and is an officer of the San Diego Refugee Forum. In addition to classroom teaching experience, Bridget has taught at the university level, coached beginning special education teachers, been a school administrator, and worked with students in transition including homeless, foster, military, and refugee students. Her professional interest is helping to ensure that newcomer students and families receive academic and social-emotional supports needed to be successful in school. Bridget is from upstate New York and has degrees from Syracuse University and San Diego State University.

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