Thinking Psychodynamically with Refugee Children and their Families.
Peter Blake, a Clinical Psychologist and Tavistock trained child psychotherapists, is interviewed by Nooria Mehraby on his experiences of supervising STARTTS workers who work with children and families. The interview explores how a psychodynamic way of thinking can be used in work with refugees. The importance of understanding the child’s inner world, and his or her understanding or interpretation of the traumatic events they have experienced is stressed. There is a discussion of what modifications to psychotherapy techniques are required when working with such children. The need for creating a safe and non traumatic atmosphere that can allow the child to play, with a minimum of interpretations is highlighted. Similarly a non intrusive way of working with parents is described.