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Working Clinically with Violence in the Context of Refugee Trauma and Resettlement

Working Clinically with Violence in the Context of Refugee Trauma and Resettlement

This seminar presents practical ways to better understand the concepts involved in the complex issue of the cycle of violence in refugees, and Models of Care. Participants will be able to identify linguistic devises that conceal responsibility; blame; pathologise, and obfuscate refugees’ resistance, which are essential in clinical work with refugees. Features of the Canadian Model of Care will be discussed to better understand the social discourse involving violence, through accounts by perpetrators and victims, and the concept of psychosocial destruction and the psychocultural context of trauma.

It will present ways to highlight resilience and post traumatic growth in refugees, and ways to provide culturally appropriate treatment and assistance to those involved. One of the most important features in these discussions is to help clinicians realise that treatment provides opportunities for refugees to change, to find new ways to think, to relate to others, and to offer assistance towards goals that are essential for their wellbeing and resettlement. Service providers must help refugees through programs that clarify their responsibility for violence, honour victims’ responses and resistance, and challenge the blaming and pathologising of victims.

  • SESSION 1  Impact of Violence and Violations on Refugees and the Role of Language in Models of Care
  • SESSION 2  The Context of Personal Development and Cultural Histories of Refugees and their Traumatic Experiences
  • SESSION 3  Discussion and Analysis of Practical Cases and Accounts: Interventions, Education and Treatment of Perpetrators and Victims
  • SESSION 4  Discussion and Analysis of Practical Cases and Accounts: Interventions, Education and Treatment of Perpetrators and Victims Impact of Working with Refugees and Violence on Clinicians
Speakers: Yaya De Andrade