Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center
We are currently evaluating our school-based mental health intervention for Somali youth, Project SHIFA in Lewiston and Auburn, ME. The results from our evaluation of Project SHIFA in Boston are in press and will be coming soon. The findings suggest that community-wide acceptance of the program led to high rates of engagement of children and families in services and a significant decrease in PTSD symptoms over 8 months. Alongside the positive mental health outcomes for Somali youth, involvement in Project SHIFA is also associated with increased parental involvement with the school, increased sense of school belonging, and a decrease in school rejection. For more information, see the Project SHIFA main page.