“The Youth Readiness Intervention: A Collaborative Model for Building Mental Health Capacity in Post Conflict Settings”
This presentation will discuss the development and implementation of the Youth Readiness Intervention (YRI), an evidence-based, group mental health intervention for youth facing adversity in Sierra Leone. This collaborative training model, with its grounding in evidence-based practice, is guided by a culturally informed implementation of the intervention, highlighting a model applicable to other limited-resource settings. While this presentation will highlight the importance of language, culture, and context for service delivery, challenges to service provision will also be reviewed.
Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith
, PHD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist who is originally from Sierra Leone. She is Board Certified in Group Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Akinsulure-Smith is a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology at the City College of New York, the City University of New York (CUNY) and at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has cared for forced migrants, as well as survivors of torture, armed conflict, and human rights abuses from around the world at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture since 1999. Dr. Akinsulure-Smith has written extensively about service provision to and mental health challenges facing forced migrants, including recent scholarly publications in Journal of Traumatic Stress, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Human Development, PLOS, Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, American Journal of Community Psychology, and Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma