Conference: Understanding the other

The JRS ConferenceOver 140 social-care, healthcare and other professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses, who come in contact with migrants and asylum seekers through their work, attended a conference organised by the Jesuit Refugee Service entitled 'Understanding the other - The challenge of providing culturally-competent care' on the 26th and 27th April.

The conference provided participants with increased awareness of the complex issues impacting the psychological well-being of migrants, migrants’ perception of their own situation and of that of the professionals providing a service, and the challenges facing professionals providing a service to this particular client group. Speakers were a mix of local and foreign academics and practitioners.

The conference was part of a series of events which is aimed at increasing the capacity of mainstream service providers to provide services to vulnerable asylum seekers, as part of a project to provide sheltered accommodation and psychosocial support to vulnerable asylum seekers to whom such services are not otherwise available.

The project is partly funded by ERF 2010.

Contact JRS Malta for information on upcoming events. 

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