This informative new volume presents the Culturally Integrative Family Safety Response (CIFSR) model that is currently being used by the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) in London, Ontario. Created to support immigrant and newcomer families from collectivist backgrounds struggling with issues related to pre-migration trauma, family violence, and child protection concerns, the CIFSR model focuses on early risk-identification and intervention methods, preserving safety, and appropriate conflict responses to conflict. Also included is a Q&A chapter from the authors that invites helping professionals, educators, and other readers to apply the model globally.
“This is an important, original, and unique book written by two scholars with immense expert knowledge in both the theory and practice of cultural studies. The topic of cultural trauma in migration contexts and ways of addressing it is not only timely but a daily experienced one. The contributions of the book are by no means limited to the rich details it offers about migration, culture, adaptability, but extend to the model it offers for thinking locally and comparatively about issues of integration. In many ways, one can read the book as an analysis of the situation of migration in Canada through the prism of integration. As such, it represents a novel and provocative approach to discussions of migration, culture, gender, etc. and one that holds promise for making research on the intersections of these topics of relevance to a broader range of disciplinary audiences.”—Fatima Sadiqi, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, and The Woodrow Wilson Centers for International Scholars
“If you are looking for a down-to-earth practical way to approach respectful and effective intercultural work in human services, you have found it in this book. Fundamental collaborative skills are demonstrated in rich detail, navigating complex intercultural situations while never downplaying the infinite relational layers involved. The clarity of their process shines through the numerous detailed case examples—this book really delivers!”—Dan Wulff, PhD, professor, faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Table of Contents:
List of Figures
2. The Culturally Integrative Family Safety Response Model
3. Building Connections – Training, Capacity-building & Prevention
4. Early Intervention
5. Engaging with Complex High Risk Situations and Broader Systems
6. Culturally Informed Models of Responses to Family Violence in Collectivist Communities
7. Training Implications
8. What We’ve Learned and Future Directions
Appendix A: Four Aspects Screening Tool (FAST)
Appendix B: Glossary of Acronyms
About the Authors:
Mohammed Baobaid, PhD, earned his doctoral degree from the institute of Psychology at the University of Erlangen Nurnberg in Germany and is currently the Executive Director and founder of the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration in Canada (MRCSSI). Dr. Baobaid has been instrumental in initiating research elements in works related to violence prevention including family violence and youth violence. For 30 years he has conducted research to identify challenges of working with victims of family violence and youth violence in Yemen and Canada. His research resulted in developing culturally integrative family violence prevention and intervention strategies.
Lynda M. Ashbourne, PhD, RMFT, is an associate professor, family therapist, clinical supervisor, and instructor of novice couple and family therapists in the Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Her research has focused on family relationships and the challenges to those of broader social influences such as migration. She has collaborated with Dr. Mohammed Baobaid since 2001 in considering how systemic and relational therapy practices can enhance work with families who have experienced global migration and pre- and post-migration influences of violence.