Ralitsa Rano, LCSW, PhD, received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania and her Doctor of Philosophy from University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Ralitsa has extensive experience in program development, multicultural counseling, outreach, leadership and group interventions for refugee and immigrant children and adolescents. She has developed and conducted trainings focused on refugee journey, past trauma and cultural adjustment experiences of refugee youth and families for educators and mental health professionals at universities, schools and districts across the state of Colorado. Ralitsa presented a successful cultural adjustment groups' model for refugee and immigrant adolescents at the 2012 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference: Issues and Innovations in Chicago. She is a co-author of the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Guide, Refugee Education and Schools Promoting Empowerment and Culture of Tolerance, for School Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists and Educators. Ralitsa enjoys working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, learning from their experiences and empowering them throughout the lifelong journey of integration.