Demystifying Strengths-Based Services to Foster Refugees’ Resilience

This webinar was presented by Julie A. Tippens, DrPH, Assistant Professor of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Peggy Fulda, MSW, LCSW, MPH, Clinician Lead at Lutheran Community Services Northwest; and Mahad Hassan, BA, Culturally Specific Certified Peer Specialist and Program Coordinator, Peer Training Program at Lutheran Community Services Northwest.

This webinar explains what “strengths-based service delivery” means and how strengths-based approaches pertain to resilience, discusses evidence-informed strategies to promote refugee integration and wellbeing, and provides an example of a strengths-based peer support program.


By the end of this 90-minute session, you will be able to:

  • Define key concepts related to strengths-based service delivery and resilience;
  • Recognize individual, family, community, and cultural strengths and assets in the resettlement context;
  • Describe how a peer support model can promote resilience and wellbeing; and
  • Name evidence-informed strategies you can use to build on the strengths of clients and communities.


Navigate this webinar with the timestamps listed below: 

0:00 – Introduction to Switchboard

1:58 – Introduction to Speaker and Objectives

7:13 – Strengths-Based Approach

24:08 – Strengths-Based Practices

49:11 – Program Spotlight: Culturally-Specific Peer Support Specialists

1:09:34 – Q&A Panel