During the Covid-19 pandemic, refugees in Canada are experiencing added uncertainty and, consequently, even more concern and anxiety. Therefore, this presentation will be focusing on how the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic increased refugees' sense of helplessness and hopelessness, how it boosted social isolation and disconnection, and how it exacerbated their mental health vulnerability.
Dr. Amjed Abojedi, Ph.D., RP, CCC, is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and registered psychotherapy who is providing culture sensitives psychotherapy to newcomers and refugees. Also, Dr. Abojedi is a formal Immigrant Insight Scholar who actively conducted mental health research among refugee youth. Before coming to Canada, Dr. Abojedi conducted several studies in psychology and psychometric. Dr. Abojedi has worked closely with hundreds of psychosocial specialists supporting Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and inside Syria, with a special focus on children and adolescents. He has also worked with the Dubai Foundation for women and children to develop bullying prevention programs based on international best practices.