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Masters

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Social Sciences

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Psychology

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Loyola University Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Symposium Conference Abstract

By: Sahar Al-Najjar

Abstract Topic:

Trauma Healing: An Intersectional Approach to Integrative Health in Minority Mental Health Communities

Abstract:

My presentation is centered on trauma healing within marginalized communities. I seek to bring awareness to the unique mental health struggles that minority groups face daily. Contributing factors of poverty, oppression, and stigma disproportionately impact people of color and other communities. A fear of systems is present when working with minority communities as there is an unfortunate prejudice and discrimination in the health care system that I am fighting to change for our communities. Mental health concerns need to be addressed with a unique lens when working with diverse populations, and we need to continue developing culturally appropriate interventions, and integrating care when seeking to eliminate health disparities. Minority mental health is not limited to advocating for our clients and continuing the advocacy in providing mental health awareness through psychoeducation and therapeutic intervention. I seek to dismantle all stigmas and stereotypes around mental illness by continuing to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding minority mental wellness. I will be presenting research on majority population statistics while comparing and contrasting the quality of individualized care given to clients who seek mental health services.

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Trauma Healing: An Intersectional Approach to Integrative Health in Minority Mental Health Communities

Loyola University Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Symposium Conference Abstract

By: Sahar Al-Najjar

Abstract Topic:

Trauma Healing: An Intersectional Approach to Integrative Health in Minority Mental Health Communities

Abstract:

My presentation is centered on trauma healing within marginalized communities. I seek to bring awareness to the unique mental health struggles that minority groups face daily. Contributing factors of poverty, oppression, and stigma disproportionately impact people of color and other communities. A fear of systems is present when working with minority communities as there is an unfortunate prejudice and discrimination in the health care system that I am fighting to change for our communities. Mental health concerns need to be addressed with a unique lens when working with diverse populations, and we need to continue developing culturally appropriate interventions, and integrating care when seeking to eliminate health disparities. Minority mental health is not limited to advocating for our clients and continuing the advocacy in providing mental health awareness through psychoeducation and therapeutic intervention. I seek to dismantle all stigmas and stereotypes around mental illness by continuing to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding minority mental wellness. I will be presenting research on majority population statistics while comparing and contrasting the quality of individualized care given to clients who seek mental health services.