• Clinical Instructor, Global Health
  • Director, Northwest Health and Human Rights Survivors of Torture Program
  • Director, International Counseling and Community Services
  • Project Director, Pathways to Wellness: Integrating Refugee Health and Well-being

Seattle, WA
United States

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Beth Farmer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has more than three decades of experience working with marginalized and vulnerable individuals and families impacted by trauma, conflict, and forced migration. Beth is a strong advocate of compassion-driven care and reducing health disparities in vulnerable and marginalized populations. A recognized leader in the mental health field, Beth led the effort the first validated mental health screening tool for refugees that is now being used in more than 100 sites and seven countries. She is a sought-after trainer and speaker on numerous subjects including trauma-informed care, humanitarian migration, and cross-cultural mental health and has received numerous awards for her work.

  • MSW (University of Washington)
  • BS (Texas Christian University)
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  • Mental Health
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Editor, Walking Together: A Mental Health Therapist’s Guide to Working with Refugees. 2015.

Refugee Health Care: An Essential Medical Guide. Co-author of the chapter, “Refugee Mental Health”. 2014. Springer.

The Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15): development and validation of an instrument for anxiety, depression, and PTSD in refugees. Hollifield M, Verbillis-Kolp S, Farmer B, Toolson EC, Woldehaimanot T, Yamazaki J, Holland A, St Clair J, Soohoo J. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 21. doi:pii: S0163-8343(12)00390-8. 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2012.12.002.