Rethinking Refugee Trauma and Mental Health

Ai Weiwei - Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

How are refugees adjusting to life in the US - given the current political climate? Research from multiple disciplines reveals that humans not only need each other to survive but also to thrive. However, we live in a world that divides us along lines such as gender, race, class, religion, and ableism making it harder to connect.

Many of us assume that our current world is a natural progression of human nature, and therefore the only possibility. We privilege western models of mental health that focus its lens on individual capacities. This approach often ignores macro-level influences that shape such capacities. 

This Olio addresses some of the assumptions made in the field of psychology on trauma and healing and argues for a multidisciplinary approach to have a more comprehensive understanding of macro-level forces and how they impact individual capacities. How we conceptualize trauma and healing is embedded within particular historical, political, social, and economic contexts. Using dynamic systems thinking allows us to situate this knowledge in its particular context, trace how these constructs have changed over time and reveal different possibilities of how we might effectively make lasting changes to our approach toward mental health.

*This Living Room Salon will take place in an apartment in Prospect Lefferts Garden*




Location: Living Room

Address will be shared with attendees.

Living Room Salons are members only and take place in an apartment to provide an intimate learning environment.




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Other upcoming Olios


Feb 22

The Circular Road: Art and the Religious Imagination

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Feb 25

What Would Buffy Do? Radical Feminism and the Slayer

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Neuehouse Madison Sq.

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Feb 28

Into the Mystic: Music & the Moving Image

Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

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Mar 6

The 2nd Amendment Explained

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

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Mar 13

Philosophy Club | Can We Say Everything?

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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Mar 16

OlioHouse | Willpower and the Right to Be Lazy

Taught by Jeanne Proust
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Mar 20

Reimagining the Carceral State: Art, Imagination, and an Abolitionist Future

Taught by Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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Mar 23

Mar 27

Urban Development: From Reconstruction to Gentrification

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

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Mar 28

Catfishing: The Artist as Trickster in Factual Fictions

Taught by Ted Barrow
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

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May 29

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at BAM Fisher

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