The need to support refugees has never been more urgent, but how can everyone working with them provide consistently effective care? This essential guide offers a holistic, person-centred framework, applicable to all helping professions, 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.
A concise, practical book on how to provide therapeutically-informed support for refugees and asylum-seekers
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.
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.