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The many hues of resiliency: Exploring the different interventions that make up STARTTS integrated approach to assist young refugees settling in NSW, Australia overcome the effects of refugee trauma

The many hues of resiliency: Exploring the different interventions that make up STARTTS integrated approach to assist young refugees settling in NSW, Australia overcome the effects of refugee trauma

This paper describes and explores several of the main interventions that articulate STARTTS integrated approach to assist refugee children and young people, how they complement each other and how the agency attempts to achieve the best fit between presentations and interventions.

The various programs covered include school based programs such as the “Settling in” and LINCS programs, individual and group expressive therapy approaches, structured group programs such as Capoeira Angola and Drum Beat, specifically designed programs such as “Jungle Tracks” and STARTTS holiday camp program, individual and family counselling approaches and applied neuroscience interventions such as Neurofeedback therapy and Fast For Word.

The paper also explores the issues involved in deciding the appropriateness of each program for individual young people and in evaluating the effectiveness of the programs. Where appropriate and available, the results of evaluations conducted will be presented.
 

Speakers: Jorge Aroche

STARTTS 2010

Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) with Torture and Trauma Clients at STARTTS (Case study)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was implemented in a treatment of a female client from Sierra Leone, who had been experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and who has been experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Complex Trauma and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) was originally developed by Marcia M. Linehan to address the impulsive behaviours, chaotic life and emotional deregulation associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT has been proven to be useful in the treatment of the same difficulties in individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress and Complex PTSD.

A practical methodology for coherence training

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Fundamentals of EEG Analysis

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The TOVA in Clinical Practice

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As a group we do better: Twenty years of a Latin American Refugee Women's self-help group, based on a systemic bio-psycho-social approach.

This paper examines the effectiveness of a group intervention in the treatment of female refugees who are survivors of torture and trauma. It focuses on the development of a culturally diverse Latin American Women's group, which has been functioning as an open self-support group for the past twenty years.

Short-term group intervention for newly arrived refugee children: Helping to rebuild children' lives after trauma

This paper describes a short-term group intervention conducted with a group of newly arrived pre-adolescent aged 9-12 from Afghanistan in the context of the Early Intervention Program (EIP) of the New South Wales Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). The paper will emphasize the importance of the refugee child assessment in order to conduct successful brief interventions. Newly arrived refugees have lived through multiple traumatic experiences for protracted periods in their country of origin and in refugee camps and/or other countries of asylum before resettlement. In addition they have suffered multiple losses and extreme deprivation. These experiences may have a severe impact on the development of children, particularly those who have experienced multiple traumas and losses without the adequate family or social support. During the resettlement period, refugee children have also to deal with the stresses associated with the daunting task of adaptation to a new country. In some cases young traumatised people may carry considerable additional responsibilities brought about by their changing role within their families.