Mental Health Considerations for Refugee Students

This presentation has been canceled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  

Session Description

This presentation is designed to introduce and orient participants to mental health considerations for the refugee population in New Mexico schools. The aim is to increase cultural awareness and trauma-informed practices of those working with this diverse and special population. We will examine resources for building knowledge and understanding, as well as practice modeled activities that address common behavioral issues seen in the academic environment. The resources highlighted in this session can be further explored individually and with colleagues as the work is carried forward from the presentation onward to the schools and community.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Discuss refugee resettlement in NM.
     #2 Discuss mental health considerations for refugee students.
     #3 Discuss trauma-informed and culturally appropriate practices in working with refugee students and their families.

About the Presenter

Presenter, Michelle Esquibel's headshotMichelle Esquibel, Refugee Mental Health Coordinator, NM Department of Health
Michelle Esquibel is the Refugee Mental Health Coordinator for the state of New Mexico. Michelle is a depth psychology-oriented psychotherapist committed to working with diverse populations, while emphasizing a holistic, integrative medicine approach to services. Her experience includes refugee mental health, group therapy for transgender asylum-seekers held in detention, school-based psychotherapy, assertive community treatment, multi-systemic therapy, wilderness and adventure therapy, youth development, and teambuilding. Michelle is a practitioner of Curanderismo; the traditional healing practices of her culture and is a certified Acudetox Specialist. She is a trainer in promoting cultural humility and competency in the provision of mental health services. Michelle honors a holistic model for health and well-being. Her work increases awareness and trauma-informed care in various settings. She believes that culture is curative, nature is restorative, and the traditional healing practices of one’s background are critical to the healing process.

Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

This presentation meets the requirements of a cultural awareness subject area as required by the licensing board.

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion. 


Jul 21 2020


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm




(505) 266-3451