Refugee clients often experience multiple traumas and losses, and present with a range of psychological and physical problems, as well as settlement needs. Restoration of hope and resilience can aid the process of healing and recovery from traumatic life experiences, and assist them in adjusting to the new environment, which includes coping with multiple settlement stressors.
Shaheen will illustrate this with a case study of a 17 year old female from Afghanistan who has spent 13 years of her life in various refugee detention centres in Indonesia. She presented with low mood, hopelessness, sleep disturbances, and increased anxiety about her future. Strengths-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was utilised to draw on her strengths and enhance her resilience. The client’s ‘hidden’ positive qualities were incorporated into the recovery process. Focusing on building rapport and trust was also emphasised in the therapeutic relationship.