Healing Trauma: resources for working with immigrants
When immigrants come to the United States, they experience the stress of being in a new place with a new language and navigating daily tasks without a support network. Many also carry the experience of trauma, particularly if they were fleeing from violence or hardship in their home country. These common experiences are often overlooked, and many immigrants end up suffering in silence without no one to turn to.
Austin Seminary, with a grant from Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Columbia Teachers College, has created a resource to help address trauma experienced by immigrants. Attend our two-hour workshop to learn about our new video series on Healing Trauma, so that you can be better prepared to help asylum seekers, immigrants, and refugees in your community.
Date: August 18, 10 A.M. – Noon at Austin Seminary
Who should attend: Anyone who works with asylum seekers, immigrants, and refugees
About the Workshop Leader
Dianne Garcia is the pastor of the Iglesia Cristiana Roca de Refugio, a church centered in the immigrant community whose purpose is to share God's love with those who have been told they don't belong. She has more than twenty years of experience working in marginalized communities and facilitating healing and connecting activities. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Garcia began her career running a day camp in Boston for children whose families were intersecting with the foster care system and justice system, or were experiencing homelessness. She also served as a teacher and administrator in schools focused on serving children from families with low incomes. Over the last five years, she has worked with and in several churches in San Antonio, Texas, to build support services for recently arrived immigrant families. Dianne focuses on working with marginalized communities to rise together by recognizing and building on inherent strength and resilience.