QPASTT, Brisbane, Australia
In the process of assessment and providing counselling and advocacy support to young people, discussions regarding sexuality, gender and sexual health are an important and necessary part of therapeutic practice. This presentation will focus on how to approach these conversations with young people from refugee backgrounds in the context of their journey towards recovery from
refugee trauma, whilst meeting their developmental needs. It will look at the challenges of discussions about sexual health, sexual identity and gender, with an awareness and sensitivity to diverse attitudes and practices. We will discuss the importance of including families and communities in these conversations, where possible, and how to support refugee background families to talk to their children about sexual health and identity. Practical case examples will be examined and strategies explored.