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Assisting cultural transition using the Families In Cultural Transition (FICT) program.

Assisting cultural transition using the Families In Cultural Transition (FICT) program.

In this presentation Mohamed explores how a STARTTS designed group-based program called Families in Cultural Transition (FICT) assists refugee individuals, families and communities deal with the impact of differential acculturation. He presents a case study of a FICT group from ‘Community X’ who were experiencing challenges around parenting, relationships with their adolescent children, and general family functioning as a result of an acculturation gap, that demonstrates how the FICT psychosocial education process helped deal with those challenges. The FICT process works by assisting refugee families understand the conceptual frameworks underpinning Australian society, identify the challenges posed by cultural transition, and develop skills and coping mechanisms to deal with those challenges.

Speakers: Mohamed Dukuly

STARTTS 2013

Community level interventions in working with torture and trauma survivors - nexus between theory and practice

Rebuilding relationships and trust are the essential components in recovery from human induced traumas such as war, imprisonment and torture. Organised violence as state terrorism target and fragment basic community structures and disintegrate relationships. Consequently, in addition to clinical practice, a community development framework for service provision is well placed to address the psychosocial sequelae of organised violence.   STARTTS approach to working with our client population involves conceptualising the issues as a complex interplay between the consequences of torture and refugee trauma; the process of exile, migration and settlement; and normal life cycle events. Additionally, individual and environmental characteristics are taken into account.

Resolving guilt and shame after trauma: Utilising CBT and ACT techniques.

Shame and guilt are significant facets of post trauma reactions, frequently found in the presentations of many of STARTTS’ clients. Often these require culturally informed interventions.

The Conversational Model approach to guilt and shame associated with trauma.

Shame and guilt are expressions of a Self, seriously wounded, in a relational context. Guilt is more overt, whereas shame, a complex affect, presents a threat of personal annihilation, is sequestered non-consciously, blocking expression of affect and creating considerable difficulty for the individual. Trauma has primary effects on the psychological sense of Self, on the systems of attachment and meaning that link individuals and communities. It destroys fundamental assumptions of safety. Trauma calls into question basic human relationships; it breaches attachment and undermines the belief system that gives meaning to human experiences. Displacement, dispossession, betrayal, violence, insecurity and helplessness are shameprovoking experiences, where guilt of varying proportions is part of the experience of some individuals.  

Applying an acculturation lens for better working with refugee families and communities

New and emerging communities experience varying inequalities while seeking to settle in Australia. Evidence shows that the level of inequality varies according to the degree of cultural transition. Acculturation has actually become a dominant framework used to explain disparities among minority groups. A/Prof Renzaho will show how social exclusion and alienation impact on the physical and socio-psychological health of people from refugee backgrounds and, how families, communities and service providers can respond to these challenges. 

Assisting cultural transition using the Families In Cultural Transition (FICT) program.

In this presentation Mohamed explores how a STARTTS designed group-based program called Families in Cultural Transition (FICT) assists refugee individuals, families and communities deal with the impact

Applying an acculturation lens for better working with refugee families and communities

New and emerging communities experience varying inequalities while seeking to settle in Australia. Evidence shows that the level of inequality varies according to the degree of cultural transition. Acculturation has actually become a dominant framework used to explain disparities among minority groups. A/Prof Renzaho will show how social exclusion and alienation impact on the physical and socio-psychological health of people from refugee backgrounds and, how families, communities and service providers can respond to these challenges. 

The meaning of place and psycho-cultural border zones: reflections on migration, trauma, shame, legitimacy and identity.

An immigrant is defined as someone who has moved or been moved from one familiar place to an unfamiliar place, but to be an immigrant, rather than to simply intellectually know it, “one must inhabit mental and emotional states that are not easy to endure....The nature of [this] pain...permits no easy definition. Although linked to feelings of loss, it is not what could be called depression, nor is it, strictly speaking, anxiety, though it does include some elements of anguish.