Imagine that you are an immigrant arriving in a new country. Perhaps you are escaping persecution, famine, or war, or simply pursuing a better life. Perhaps you are detained at the border. You do not have any support networks in this new country, or if you do, they are distant relations. You do not know how the legal system works. You may not know the official language. What would you need? Where would you go?

Social workers are positioned to support new immigrants in their access to services, navigation of systems and policies, and mental and physical health. They must demonstrate cultural humility by, for example, integrating questions related to cultural formulation into their interviews and assessments.

In this Discussion, you research a global or displaced population and create a scenario in which a member of that population immigrates to the United States. 

To Prepare:

 Review the American Psychiatric Associations information on cultural formulation, as well as the Think Cultural Health video showing the cultural formulation interview in practice.

  • Identify and research a global or displaced population to focus on for this Discussion. Imagine that a member of this population immigrates to the United States. What strengths and challenges might they have? Develop a brief case scenario describing the immigrants experience.


Then Post your original case scenario involving a new immigrant to the United States. In your scenario:

  • Identify the country of origin, language(s) spoken, and any employment, housing, legal, or family concerns of the individual.
  • Describe strengths and challenges related to their arrival and experience of American culture.

  • Reading Resources:

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Cultural formulation. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author. doi: 1176/appi.books.9780890425596.CulturalFormulation

National Association of social Workers. (2019). social Justice brief: Challenges of refugee resettlement: Policy and psychosocial factors.

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