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This comprehensive workshop explores trauma-informed approaches to supporting survivors of forced migration and violence. The session highlights the mental health needs of these individuals and the importance of providing culturally sensitive care. Real-world applications of these approaches are demonstrated through the exemplary services and care provided by the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)

Students will gain a thorough understanding of the definitions of torture, Canadian legal responsibilities, and the Right to Rehabilitation under the UN Convention Against Torture. 

Additionally, the workshop will cover current migration pathways and timelines for individuals with various legal statuses, including Refugee Claimants and undocumented persons.

Expand your knowledge and skills in providing compassionate and effective care to survivors of trauma from war and torture.


Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)

In 1986 human rights activists and mental health workers in Vancouver joined together to support an influx of refugees arriving from armed conflicts in South and Central America. Together, they founded the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST), creating what would become Western Canada's refugee mental health hub. Today, VAST works with refugees from more than 100 countries. Our programs and services are offered in more than a dozen languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Ukrainian, Mandarin and Spanish. We support the mental health of refugees who arrive in British Columbia with psychological trauma as a result of torture, political violence and other forms of persecution on the basis of race, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Dr. Masahiro Minami

Dr. Masahiro Minami is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He specializes in mental health services research in resource-limited or compromised areas and holds multiple grant-funded projects in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, UK, and USA.

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