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Help for the Helpers: Caring for Yourself When Assisting Others

Helping members of your community who have been through a traumatic experience can be very rewarding, but it can also take a toll on you bother personally and professionally....The following are some ways to make sure you're taking care of yourself so you can continue to take care of others.

Helping Students in Troubling Times

Suggestions and resources to consider as you provide ongoing support to your students from the American School Counselor Association. This resource also contains a list of links for further help teaching students who are passing through tough times; from webinars and magazines, to books and counselling, there is a wide array of options available.

Recognition of Refugee & Other Non-Verifiable Credentials

Discusses best practices for development of a university process for admission of persons with unofficial or non-verifiable credentials. Several problems may arise when a refugee applies for university, from interrupted periods of education and inability to provide official proof of educational achievements, to only having unofficial documentation, and having attended unrecognized refugee camp schools. This resource provides insight towards solving these issues.

Supporting International Students from Countries Dealing with Trauma

When traumatic events occur in the home countries of their international students, international student advisers on U.S. campuses spring into action. While there is nothing they can do about the events abroad - political upheavals, natural disasters, wars, and other tragedies - there is a lot they can do to ease the anxieties of students far from their homes. These international students are in need of advisers' support because they might be unable to reach their families and may quickly face the stresses of health, financial, and legal issues.

Tips on Refugee Youth College Preparation

College preparation programs help refugee youth to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence, and aspirations they need to enroll in higher education. (1) It is important for refugee youth to understand the role of completing high school and continuing post-secondary education in order to increase self sufficiency, improve employment prospects and raise income potential. Completion of some college, even one semester at a community college, consistently leads to higher average lifetime earnings. (2)

Cultural Orientation Resource Center - Tools for Trainers

The Cultural Orientation Resource Center has developed a variety of tools that trainers can use throughout the process of designing and delivering refugee orientation. This link includes 16 materials to help trainers, including "Refugee Training and Orientation: A Workbook for Trainers", "Soothing Tensions", and "The U-Curve of Cultural Adjustment".

Cultural Orientation Resource Center - Orientation Toolkit for Refugees

The Cultural Orientation Resource Center has developed a wide variety of orientation materials for use with refugees, including the Welcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees and DVD (or Welcome Set), Making Your Way: An R&P Orientation Curriculum, online videos, lesson plans, tools for trainers (such as icebreakers), and so forth. The COR Center's numerous overseas and domestic partners in the U.S. resettlement program have also shared many of their lesson plans and presentations for use with refugees.

Every Campus a Refuge

In response to Pope Francis’ call on every European parish to host one refugee family, Every Campus A Refuge was founded at Guilford College by Dr. Diya Abdo in September of 2015 to call on every college and university in the world to partner with their local refugee resettlement agencies to house refugees on campus grounds and assist them in resettlement. The idea is that university and college campuses have everything necessary – housing, food, care, skills – to take in refugees and support them as they begin their lives in their new homes.

Why Do People Migrate? Facts

Migration often makes headlines; it’s become a key issue of politicians worldwide. But what is the reality of migration? This course will introduce you to key challenges of irregular migration and asylum seeking worldwide. You’ll look at key cases from around the globe, including asylum seekers arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean and Syrian refugees in Turkey, Central American labour migration to the USA and the Rohingya refugee challenge in Australia.