Advances in Mental Health, Vol 11, No 3 (2013)

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Building Resilience in Transcultural Adults: Developing a novel preventative intervention

Nigar Gohar Khawaja, Elvia Ramirez, Rita Prasad-Ildes


There is a dearth of preventative programs that enhance the acculturation and resilience of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) adults in Australia. This article introduces the reader to the BRiTA Futures for Adults and Parents, a culture and language sensitive program for the CALD. The conceptual framework and the development process are described. The manualised program consisting of one introductory and eight intervention modules is presented. A training program is also developed to train facilitators, who can deliver the program in English or other languages. Preliminary trials indicated that the program was received well by the consumers. A block mode, instead of the traditional weekly sessions, appeared to be more practical for the small population it was trailed. Implications and future directions are discussed.

Advances in Mental Health

ISSN 1837-4905
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