Centre of Expertise

Our society is becoming extremely diverse. Big cities have always been multicultural, but now it is becoming more visible in smaller towns and villages as well.

This change constantly presents new challenges. Service providers and institutions, who are directly involved in this process, often claim that traditional methods to deal with such challenges come up short.

Solentra aims to support these people by sharing her experience and wishes to work together with other organisations to find practical solutions.

In doing so, we hope to aid the transfer of children and young adults suffering from psychological issues into the standard sector.

Solentra provides:

  • Consultation and liaison: do you have a case or a recurring topic for which you want to fuse as much expert knowledge as possible in order to deal with it? Solentra would like to help by drawing up a joint request for assistance and a solution process.
  • Educational and training days focused on topics like cultural sensitivity, the impact of migration, and community-based operations.

Choose from:

  • A 2-day basic course: ‘Vulnerabilities in child refugees’ and ‘Detection of psychological vulnerability’;
  • Tailor-made courses for your organisation.

Our methodology: PACCT®

PACCT® is our own specially developed method. It aims at making it easier for young refugees to find and accept psychological support. PACCT® stands for ‘Psychiatry Assisting the Cultural diverse Community in Creating healing Ties’. It is based on three starting points and built on two pillars:

Our starting points:

  • A link between active participation in society and mental health;
  • The impact of the migration process;
  • An ecological vision of development.

Our pillars:

  • A community-oriented approach;
  • An ethno-psychological perspective on the problem.

You can find more information about PACCT® in this article.

8 fact sheets: core topics concerning refugee mental health

Solentra summarised the content of the educational and training courses in 8 fact sheets. These fact sheets are about the core topics relating to refugees’ mental health.

These are the result of a collaboration between Solentra and a number of expert professionals in the field, such as Geertrui Serneels, Koen Van Praet, Birsin Taspinar, Winny Ang and Stéphanie De Maesschalck.

These fact sheets were also realised with the financial support of the Koning Boudewijn Stichting (King Baudouin Foundation).

The fact sheets are as follows:

  1. Culturally sensitive care
  2. Identity
  3. The PACCT® method
  4. Psycho-social first aid
  5. Language support
  6. Trauma in refugees
  7. The perception of sickness and culture
  8. Care for the carer: self-care


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