Webinar: Intergenerational cultural dissonance in the Syrian resettlement

February 22, 2017 at 1:00pm until 2:00pm
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In this webinar, Vince Pietropaolo will discuss how resettlement can affect family dynamics, including potential impacts on mental health. His presentation will draw on COSTI’s experience working with Syrian refugee families, as well as many other refugee groups before them. Vince will also share some advice and open a discussion on how service providers can support refugee families around these role transitions and cultural adjustments, and in doing so promote mental health and wellbeing.

A 30 minute presentation will be followed by a 30 minute Q & A period. Please register as space is limited

As Syrian refugees adjust to their new life in Canada, they follow in the footsteps of the many other refugees who came before them, and are expected to face many of the same challenges. As children typically adjust more quickly to the new society, including its language, norms and values, migration can put into question traditional family roles. “Dissonance” in values and expectations between children, parents, grandparents, extended family and the broader community can create conflicts and strain family relationships