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Give an Hour is dedicated to improving the lives of, embracing the diversity of, and providing the tools and opportunities needed for veterans and active-duty military and their families to thrive. Our veterans have loudly expressed that the Afghan military, contracted employees and their loved ones (who supported the war) are their family, and we agree. To address gaps and barriers in immediate mental health and wellness response, Give an Hour developed mental health resiliency resources for Afghan Allies sustaining evacuation and resettlement efforts, offering psychoeducational support groups, beginning a peer support program, and building capacity to offer additional access to mental health supports.

308
coalition partners
working together to provide resiliency to those in need
26
providers
offering peer to peer support to professionals helping Afghan Allies
12
support groups
prioritizing mental health and well-being for those helping Afghan resettlers and refugees

WHY THIS MATTERS

The past 20 years of US involvement in conflict/war in Afghanistan and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan have created unaddressed trauma and stress for military veterans, civilian supporters and Afghan resettlers. The U.S. employed thousands of Afghan citizens as interpreters, translators, cultural advisors, drivers, and more. Individuals who linked arms with American military and bravely fought for change. Former military members, loved ones and civilians are protecting Afghan citizens by helping coordinate their safe departure from Afghanistan and help them resettle in foreign lands – including the U.S.

Provider Training Opportunities

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December 1 & 8, 2022  12:00 PM (CDT)/1:00 PM (EDT) – 1.5 CE

The aftermath of the withdrawal from Afghanistan continues to affect military servicemembers who served in Afghanistan and Afghans who were uprooted. Building upon our previous training, “Culture in Practice: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Afghan Refugees in Diaspora” will offer insights to help providers develop a better understanding of how to best serve those impacted by the war and subsequent withdrawal from Afghanistan. An accurate historical review of the war and occupation will also be offered. Furthermore, it will provide strategies and tools to help lower the risk of escalation of mental health symptoms and issues.

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Madina Wardak MSW/ACSW is a first-generation Afghan American social worker and youth advocate serving LA foster youth. Since 2015, Madina has facilitated trainings and workshops yearly at the Afghan American Conference, tailored for the Afghan American diaspora and recent arrivals. Madina is passionate about creating and connecting accessible mental health resources for the SWANA/MENA community and regularly engages in dialogue on her platform Burqas & Beer to deconstruct taboos on a variety of social ailments within her community.

1 hour CE, On-Demand

The ongoing crisis in Afghanistan is complex and spans decades. What can mental health providers who treat clients across Give an Hour’s national network of care do to build trust and overcome treatment-related stigma? This continuing education online webinar event will provide new insights on the history of Afghanistan, the current events that led to displacement, and the basic values and cultural practices. As a result, providers will be skilled in building trust and create an open dialogue around possible challenges clients utilizing Give an Hour may experience.

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Freshta Taeb Presenter

Freshta Taeb, BA is an accomplished professional with over ten years of valuable experience developing and managing resettlement programs for asylum seekers and refugees through community outreach. She is experienced in social work, case management, individual and group counseling, training, and instruction. Freshta has spearheaded interventional services for a diverse refugee population across the United States in a variety of categories including but not limited to socio-emotional struggles, marriage intervention, PTSD, anger management and parenting.