Date of Award

Winter 12-18-2020

Document Type

Research Proposal

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Isaac Karikari


Within the Somali immigrant and refugee community there are severe stigma and negative associations regarding both experiencing mental health problems and pursuing services for those problems. According to research, both process and content adaptation must be made in providing mental health supports to Somali immigrants and refugees. Understanding the experiences and prominent needs of Somali refugees will assist social workers in offering mental health services that are culturally responsive and help social workers promote social justice through examining and addressing health disparity issues. This independent study project reviews the literature on the mental health needs of immigrants and refugees and explores insights on practice models and successful interventions. Further, this independent study proposes and outlines methods for a needs assessment.

Included in

Social Work Commons