In collaboration with NHCS, a group of six mental health clinicians from Coastal Horizons, Inc. and NHC Health Department have been accepted by the National Center for Safe Supportive Schools (NCS3) to participate in Supporting Transition Resilience of Newcomer Groups (STRONG) training on October 26-28, 2020. Following the training, this intervention will be provided at NHCS and is expected to be available starting in January.
Supporting Transition Resilience of Newcomer Groups (STRONG) is an evidence-informed, school-based intervention for newcomer (refugee and immigrant) youth (K-12th grades) to support their transition to a new school and community. STRONG is intended for students experiencing psychological distress or difficulties functioning at home, school or in their community, often related to the adversities and trauma experienced during the transitions of migration and settlement. STRONG is delivered by school mental health clinicians and is comprised of ten group sessions, one individual student session, and teacher and parent education sessions.
STRONG was co-developed with and reviewed by newcomer community members and experts in the fields of education and mental health, with specific expertise in school mental health, adversity and trauma, refugee mental health, and resilience.