Parents Beyond Oceans: A Social Group Work Curriculum for Chinese Immigrant Parents

Jia Lin Liu, Hua Yu Sebastian Cherng, Bela Rex-Kiss, Gretchen Lord, Julia Francois

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Parents Beyond Oceans is a unique curriculum that was first implemented in 2011 as part of The Center for Family Life’s efforts to work with Chinese immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. Drawing on best practices in social group work and culturally competent social work, the curriculum creates a space where parents can share and process their immigration stories and traumas. Pre- and posttesting show that after participating in the program, parents felt less isolated, more a part of community that treated them like equals, and more accepting of cultural differences in parenting practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-305
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work with Groups
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018



  • Chinese families
  • Parents
  • acculturation
  • group work
  • immigration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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