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Understanding Clinical Services for Immigrant and Refugee Families in Allen County

Amani Family Services provides case management and counseling services for immigrants and refugees in Allen County, using its own cultural competency framework. Immigrant and refugee families face socioeconomic and psychosocial concerns that often relate to the experience of migration. Traditional familial roles and responsibilities are frequently challenged, exacerbated by sociocultural differences and inadequate understandings between the new arrivals and the host country.

Attendees will learn about:

  • local mental health and case management services for immigrants and refugees
  • family functioning within the context of heritage.

About the Speakers:

Irene Paxia, Executive Director, Amani Family Services:
Irene Paxia grew up in Venice, Italy. She has a master’s degree from the University of Bologna, Italy, in International Diplomatic Studies, and an MBA from Indiana University. Prior to working at Amani, Irene was Community Development Specialist for the city of Fort Wayne, where she supported the coordination of community development programs. Previously, Irene directed the MIX (Multicultural Information Exchange) program of the American Red Cross, where she oversaw international services, translation, and interpreting. During that time, she launched the disaster plan for immigrants and refugees and developed the first community based language interpreter training program in the community. Irene is co-founder of the Public Safety Committee of the Multicultural Council and oversaw the four editions in three languages of “International Guide to Greater Fort Wayne.” Irene is certified in First Aid Rescuing, Disaster Relief, International Humanitarian Law, and interpreter training.

Ewelina Connolly, Clinical Director, Amani Family Services:
Ewelina is a native of Plock, Poland and has been living and working in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the past 20 years. She is an IU Alumna and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Education degree in 2009. Ewelina is a Pre-Clinical Fellow Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is licensed in the state of Indiana as a Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as Clinical Addictions Counselor. Ewelina has an extensive experience working in the mental health industry, as well as in a higher education setting. She is also highly involved in community initiatives focused on justice and advocacy, and serves on a number of advisory boards and collations.


Date: May 22, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Omni Room at Citizen’s Square
200 E. Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
CEU: 1.0
Cost: Free
RSVP: Email with your name and email by May 18

Please feel free to bring your own lunch or use the cafeteria to purchase food.

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana