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Working Clinically with a newly arrived Syrian Refugee family

Working Clinically with a newly arrived Syrian Refugee family

Refugee families have often experienced multiple traumas and face various types of stressors in the course of exile, migration and the settlement process which require multi-level interventions. In this presentation Hannah will illustrate this with a case study of a newly arrived Syrian refugee family who had experienced war and forced migration, dislocation and multiple losses. Loss and grief were focal points of distress for the family members. As a result, this affected the family dynamics and their resettlement in Australia. Although individual therapy was carried out with the three children who presented with various psychological symptoms, including depression, anxiety and stress, working with the parents was the essence of therapy. Resettling in their new host country, the family carried with them their own set of cultural values, traditions, beliefs and practices. It was therefore important to implement culturally relevant therapeutic interventions to achieve desirable outcomes. Such approaches improved their psychological functioning, and in turn assisted their resettlement in Australia.