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Practical Guide to Therapeutic Work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees

by Angelina Jalonen and Paul Cilia La Corte Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 176 pages
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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.


Acknowledgement. Preface - How to work with this book effectively. Introduction. Part One - Understanding: the refugee phenomena. 1. The 4 phases of refugee experience. 2. Refugee trauma: loss and separation. 3. Refugee mental health. 4. Host country acculturalisation. 5. The complex and multiple level of needs. 6. Self-identity: resilience, strengths and ability to cope. Part Two - The working framework. 7. Refugee Therapeutic care model (RTC model). 8. Cultural competence and cultural humility. 9. Psychosocial and multidisciplinary approach. Part Three - Self-reflective practice and self-care. 10. The victim triangle. 11. A reflective approach. 12. Clinical supervision. Conclusions.

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.
Paul Cilia La Corte (MBACP) is an integrative counsellor who holds a Masters in Refugee Care from the University of Essex. Paul is a senior therapist at Refugee Council and coordinates the men's therapeutic services.


Angelina Jalonen (MBACP) is an integrative counsellor and therapeutic supervisor who holds a Masters in Refugee Care from the University of Essex. Angelina has worked directly with asylum seekers and refugees for over 16 years.