Working with Survivors of Torture and Trauma – VIC
Do you work with refugees, asylum seekers or migrants with mental health problems? Walk away with state-of-the-art strategies for treatment with these groups.
There are currently over 50 million forcibly displaced people internationally. Approximately one-third of refugees have a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression, stemming from traumatic experiences experienced in the home country and post-migration stress in the resettlement environment.
This workshop will outline key psychological responses reported by refugees and asylum-seekers, and how these relate to trauma, displacement and post-migration challenges. An overarching theoretical model for understanding pathways to adaptation in refugees will be presented, and clinical examples provided to illustrate aspects of the refugee experience.
The state of the research evidence regarding psychological interventions for PTSD in refugees will be reviewed, and key considerations in working with clients from refugee backgrounds will be discussed.