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I am looking for some lessons on the brain and the impacts of trauma and learning designed for high school students who are refugees. This request comes from a social worker that Iā€™m working with at a local High School.  They have a special program for students that are really new to the country and are mostly refugees. The students are frequently frustrated by what they perceive to be a lack in progress and the social worker would like to offer the students a few lessons in the adolescent brain and how the brain is impacted by trauma or at least by displacement and large changes.  Iā€™m wondering if anyone a curriculum or lesson plans related to this kind of content for high school aged students who are refugees? thanks! 

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I'd encourage you to look at the Mind Matters program. Its content can be used in groups or one on one settings with adolescents. One lesson, Compassion for the Hijacked Brain, focuses on the biology of trauma. Plus the program includes self-soothing skills to help people self-regulate as  they start their healing journey through evidence based activities to build resilience.

Happy to send you a free online review copy because sometimes you just need to take a look.

Kay Reed

kayreed@DibbleInstitute.org

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