The need to support refugees has never been more urgent, but how can everyone working with them provide consistently effective care? Written for a range of professionals including therapists, teachers, social workers, housing support workers and healthcare professionals, this essential guide offers a holistic, person-centred framework to ensure that all those working with refugees to provide them with excellent support.
Informed by the authors' direct work with refugees, the book starts with a comprehensive introduction to understanding the underlying issues that lead to the complex needs of an asylum seeking client group. Using an easy-to-follow 'what?', 'why?' and 'how?' structure, within the four key phases of refugee experience. It also shows professionals how to sensitively address trauma, loss and separation with clients who are adjusting to a foreign culture and language using three core principles (therapeutic relationship, bearing witness and psycho-education).
Informed and accessible, this guide will help you create a safe, welcoming environment for asylum seekers in all stages of their journey to improve their psychosocial wellbeing and mental health.
Paul Cilia La Cilia La Corte
, Angelina Jalonen
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Country of Publication:
15 January 2018
Professional and scholarly
Acknowledgement. Foreword. Preface: How to work with this book effectively. Introduction. Refugee Background. PART ONE: Understanding the Refugee Experience. 1. The Refugee Experience. 2. Loss and Separation. 3. Host Country Aculturalisation. 4. The complex and multiple level of needs. 5. Self-Identity and Human Resilience. 6. Refugee Trauma and Mental Health. PART TWO: Three Core Principals. 7. The Therapeutic Relationship. 8. Bearing Witness. 9. Psycho-education. PART THREE. 10. Building on Strengths and Resilience through community engagement. 11. Reflective Practice and Self care. PART FOUR: Self Reflective practice and Self care. 12. Working with interpreters. 13. Working with separated asylum seeking children. 14. Conclusions.
Angelina Jalonen and Paul Cilia La Corte are integrative counsellors who hold Masters in Refugee Care. Since 2011 they have been working together to develop The Refugee Council's therapeutic framework for refugees in the UK.
Reviews for A Practical Guide to Therapeutic Work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees
This handbook will be of particular interest to medical professionals in general practice, as their experience can hinder or facilitate a refugee's interaction with healthcare. The important insight this book provides not only improves the patient's outcome and experience, but also the efficiency of the healthcare system. -- Dr Florence Mukuna MBCHB, GP trainee East London This is a sensitive and compassionately written handbook that places the refugee and asylum seekers' experience in a very real and human context. It offers insight to help those working with them to avoid falling into the dynamic of victim and expert helper, whilst never ignoring the multiple challenges the client is likely to experience. -- Natasha Moskovici, therapeutic caseworker, Refugee Council