Since the early 1990s, the state of Minnesota has had an unprecedented increase in refugees from Somalia. These individuals have emigrated from a war-zone country and arrived in the United States with a range of trauma-related injuries and mental health issues. As a result, Somali individuals and families who have migrated to the United States will require physical and mental health support. There is, however, a lack of research on effective interventions with Somali individuals and families. With the stigma that surrounds mental health and negative cultural views of mental health in the Somali population, practitioners at Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) are interested in identifying best practices in working with the Somali population. The main purpose of this project is to gain knowledge about best practices in working with Somali individuals and families to address their mental health issues. The result will help fill the gap in the literature on how to overcome the cultural barriers and serve the mental health needs of Somali individuals and their families. Research Question: The purpose of this project is to identify evidence-based practices in working with Somali individuals and families requiring mental health interventions and services. Best Practices in working with the Somali Population?
Michelle E. Alvarez
Date of Degree
Other Capstone Project
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Duale, Ilhan, "Best Practice in Working with the Somali Population" (2011). All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 527.
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