Morton Weinfeld – Ethnic Match in Health and Social Services: Pros and Cons (ASI 2014)

Ethnic match is an approach to the provision of public services in various policy domains, in societies marked with significant ethnic, racial, or religious diversity. Minority recipients of services may be matched with professionals of the same background, receive services in ethnospecific agencies, or receive a type of service which is sensitive to the specific minority culture at
issue. This paper explores the evidence that deals with the issue of ethnic match in the provision of mental health care, looking mainly at literature from the fields of psychiatry and psychology, including therapists with backgrounds in social work or counseling. A review of the literature reveals no clear pattern of benefits—or harms—from these various practices for the recipients of service in this particular policy domain. Implications for education, training, and practice will be explored.

Cécile Rousseau: Refugee Advocacy

“There’s still a very ongoing and recent debate…Are you first an undocumented or are you first a child? The shrinking of rights is accompanied by a shift towards the privilege paradigm: whatever you receive from our society is a privilege and not a right.”

Cécile Rousseau, Director of the Transcultural Child Psychiatry Clinic at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, talks about advocating for refugee and migrant children’s rights. What are the shifting perceptions of refugees, what are the diverse voices within refugee advocacy, what are some processes of advocacy and what are its outcomes?

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