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No home to go to: a case study

No home to go to: a case study

In this presentation Sivaharani will present a case study of a 35 year old Sri Lankan Tamil man who had a history of multiple torture and trauma experiences, and other human rights violations based on his political involvement. He managed to escape and travelled by boat to Australia as an asylum seeker. He presented with severe PTSD symptoms, anxiety, fear of returning home, and difficulty in remembering his trauma experiences, dissociation and avoidance which affected his protection visa claims, and resulted in a negative hearing, and is currently in the process of deportation. Sivaharani will explain the effect of trauma symptoms on the client’s ability to represent his protective claims, and the reasons why the client’s protection claim was rejected. This includes a possible lack of understanding of trauma issues amongst case workers, lawyers and immigration officials. Furthermore, she will also elaborate on the therapeutic approach she used while working with this client to help him cope with this difficult situation.