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CO for Refugees coverCultural Orientation for Refugees: A Handbook for U.S. Trainers

Sanja Bebic, Anne Costello, and Sharyl Tanck


CAL has developed this useful trainer's manual that provides valuable information, lesson plans, and training resources in U.S. cultural orientation. Developed by the staff of the Cultural Orientation Resource Center housed at CAL, the handbook is a capacity-building effort designed to equip refugee service providers with an efficient and effective approach to cultural orientation (CO).

The handbook was created as a resource for CO providers in the United States, especially staff at resettlement agencies, refugee mutual assistance associations (MAAs) and other community-based organizations, and volunteers. It presents basic information about the history and practice of cultural orientation, contains techniques and materials that can be used by all who provide CO, and provides a culturally and educationally appropriate model for cultural orientation. Agencies conducting group CO workshops for the first time will find this handbook to be a highly practical and useful tool, while supervisors can use it as an instant resource for training new staff. 2006.

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