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International Issues in Counseling Psychology Research Team

Team of eight doctoral and masters students looking at various topics of international relevance in counseling psychology. Current projects primarily fall within the topics of human trafficking, refugees, and international students/recent immigrants. As the city of Memphis is a U.S. refugee relocation center, but lacks comprehensive mental health or vocational development services for refugees, the team will be spending some time in the coming year(s) working with community partners trying to address this, partially by conducting a needs assessment within these areas. We also have new projects looking at the relationship between coping, interpersonal relationships, and cultural adjustment for international students and recent immigrants. We are in the later phases of projects investigating after-care treatment programs for survivors of human trafficking; the role of advocacy in human trafficking services; self-care among workers involved in treating sexually victimized children internationally; the impact of acculturation, enculturation, acculturative distress, and attitudes about mental health in utilization of mental health services among Asian international students; and barriers to study abroad for African American students.

Future plans include a couple of studies on the internationalization of counseling psychology, two studies on gender and sexual orientation development for LGBT people in Thailand, and support and training needs among mental health workers in Thailand. Students on the team will be have the option to come with Dr. Ovrebo to Thailand in May 2016 or May 2018 as Dr. Ovrebo conducts bi-annual trips to Thailand as part of an Internationally focused Social Justice course. 

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