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A Practical Guide to Therapeutic Work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees

A Practical Guide to Therapeutic Work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Angelina Jalonen and Paul Cilia La Corte. Foreword by Jerry Clore.

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This accessible interdisciplinary guide shows helping professionals how to achieve effective, therapeutically informed care for refugees. Using three core principles across four key stages of a refugee's experience, it's the essential tool for professionals helping refugees to recover and integrate in their host country.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 8.98in x 6.14in / 228mm x 156mm, 176pp
ISBN: 9781785920738
2017, ePUB, 176pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-334-5
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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? 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.


'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

'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


Foreword by: Jerry Clore