Training Workshops and Events

 Informational Session on Clinical Work with Clients from Afghanistan – June 24th, 2022

The Intercultural Counseling Connection, with the Center for Global Migration and Immigrant Health, Maryland Department of Health, invites you a free informational session on clinical work with clients from Afghanistan.

Friday, June 24, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Live Conference via Zoom


Maryland is one of the chief receiving states for recent arrivals from Afghanistan. This presentation will include:

  • an overview of Afghan arrivals, resettlement and service access issues here in the state;
  • key cultural, ethnic, and linguistic considerations important in service provision;
  • pre-arrival context and factors affecting mental health and well-being; and
  • discussion of approaches that can support informed therapeutic work with Afghan clients.


Dr. Wais Aria (Founder, TABISH Afghanistan; Consultant, USCRI; Child Protection Specialist, Heartland Alliance)

Heather Kathrens, LCSW-C (Former Refugee Mental Health Program Coordinator, Center for Global Migration and Immigrant Health, Maryland Department of Health)

NOTE: Clinicians currently working with clients from Afghanistan are invited to share questions and observations. If desired, specific questions can be emailed in advance of the Zoom meeting to [email protected] .



Thank you! We hope to see you there.

The Connection Team

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Please check here periodically for announcements of future Connection training workshops.

Please note that:

  • Priority in workshop registration will be given to current Connection therapists, and to clinicians wishing to participate in the Connection’s pro bono referral network.
  • Workshops are free for clinicians who are current members of the Connection network (i.e. who have accepted Connection pro bono client referrals).
  • A fee of $80 will apply for all other workshop registrants

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Intercultural Counseling Connection trainings are intended for Maryland-licensed mental health professionals who are dedicated to providing culturally responsive services for forced migrants-- asylum seekers, refugees, and trauma-affected immigrants.

Thank you for your interest in the Connection and our mission!