Articles and Other Publications
Life Skills Education for Pre-Literate Populations: A Facilitator's Tool-Kit - In partnership with Jewish Child and Family Services of Chicago and with funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the HIAS Family Strengthening Technical Assistance Program recently released a Took-Kit for facilitators working with Pre-Literate Populations. You can download it in sections below:
"Piloting a Community Approach to Healthy Marriage Initiatives in Three Sites: Chicago, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts and Jacksonville, Florida." - This report is a product of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and showcases innovations in child support enforcement through programs encouraging healthy marriages.
Mental Health and ESL Classroom: A Guide for Teachers Working with Refugees - Produced by the International Institute of Boston and Immigration and Refugee Services of America with support from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, this article contains important information on the various aspects of refugee mental health issues and how they may affect the classroom environment; discusses the role of a teacher (or, in the Refugee Family Strengthening workshop setting, a facilitator) in a multicultural environment.
Lessons From the Field: Issues and Resources in Refugee Mental Health - Written by the National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health, this is a comprehensive research article focusing on the various aspects of refugee mental health; highlights specific refugee groups: Somali, Bosnian and Kurdish.
Creating Participatory Photonovels: A Classroom Guide - This article introduces and provides a "how-to" for a creative classroom technique to explore or re-enforce life skills education with students who may have varying or minimal levels of literacy or may not be proficient in English yet.
Cultivating Healthy Couple and Marital Relationships: A Guide to Effective Programming - “Offers theoretically and empirically informed implications for designing, delivering, and evaluating relationship and marriage education programs for diverse audiences.”
Healthy Marriage Series - Contains booklets, slideshows, and videos focusing on several topics regarding marriage such as health, marriage education, children, and responsible fatherhood.
Working With Refugee/Immigrant Families - This website contains 13 links to different articles/PDFs concerning issues that are relevant to refugee and immigrant families (e.g. “Intimate Partner Violence in Refugee and Immigrant Families”, “Raising Children in a New Country,” and “Supporting Refugee Families: Adapting Family Strengthening Programs that Build on Assets”)
Refugee Family Enrichment and Integration - Transforming Lives Through the Healthy Marriage Initiative (A JF&CS of Atlanta Publication)