Promoting Social Bridging With Newcomer Refugee and Immigrant Families (PC067)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
11:00 AM–11:50 AM

  • PMD: 7,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. analyze the cultural and educational needs of newcomer refugee and immigrant families who are unfamiliar with the education system.
  2. administer a successful social bridging approach that promotes cultural sharing conversations between school psychologists and newcomer families and students.
  3. implement alternative, successful methods of social bridging in their own practice to promote collaborative relationships and increase the engagement of newcomer families.


Greater efforts to foster family, school, and community partnerships with refugee and immigrant families are essential given the global migration crisis. The importance of social bridging will be explored to increase the efficacy of newcomer families to engage in their children’s education. Attendees will discuss how to facilitate the use of cultural sharing conversations and other forms of social bridging and generate ideas for how such experiences can be implemented successfully into school-based practice.

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Megan C. Dini, University of Denver, Denver, CO
Gloria E. Miller, University of Denver, Denver, CO

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