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.
The group was developed using a bio-psycho-social model, based on a systemic understanding of the problems affecting refugees in the resettlement country. Various treatments were offered to group members including counselling, physiotherapy and psychiatry interventions, as well as participating in the group itself. This approach not only facilitated healing from torture and trauma experiences, but also increased the women’s levels of self confidence and assertiveness, and strengthened their social networks and understanding of the new country. A ‘core’ group of participants has maintained the structure and cohesion of the group, with the assistance of a worker. Over the years, the group has assisted more than 200 women.
The group program included a series of educational and therapeutic modules, repeated…The themes of these modules included psycho-education about trauma and loss, stress management, women’s health issues, pain management, craft work, social activities. During these modules, the development of the group process was encouraged, which included respecting individual spiritual beliefs, traditional treatment practices and cultural background.
This group was one of the initial group interventions at STARTTS, and it was begun shortly after the inception of STARTTS. As the group has continued to be successful, group interventions have become an important component of STARTTS programs for survivors of torture and trauma, operating as an alternative, or as a complementary, treatment with individual counselling.
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.
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.
This presentation will review the research of Dr. Robert Coben with Autistic Children with a view to understanding his coherence training methodology. Dr. Gary Schummer has analysed and adapted this methodology in his own research with ADHD and Autistic Spectrum children. Drs. Coben and Schummer base their coherence training on the Neuro Rep analysis of Dr. William Hudspeth.
This program is an advanced study of the EEG, its generators and brain state. Methods for reading EEG data and identifying patterns, artifacts and transients are reviewed. Typical failure modes
This program is a review of the TOVA continuous performance test, with an emphasis on interpretive strategy. TOVA profiles of ADHD subtypes and some of its comorbidities are presented. Precise
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.
Australia receives over 13,000 people from refugee and refugee like background every year. Many of these are children and young people. Most have survived severe trauma and grievous losses, often witnessing atrocities and the torture and death of loved ones in the process. For many, these experiences will have a long lasting impact on their lives, interfering with their ability to realize their potential and succeed in their new environment.