Experiences of services and family therapy with refugees and asylum-seekers

Weidenbach Gerbase, S. (2018) Experiences of services and family therapy with refugees and asylum-seekers. D.Clin.Psychol. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

The systemic model has been proposed as particularly relevant for addressing the mental health needs of refugees and asylum-seekers. Clinicians working with families from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds who have experienced trauma may wish to encourage family communication to promote resilience, but may find it difficult to know whether to address traumatic memories.

This study aims to develop a theoretical understanding of how conversations about trauma emerge in systemic family therapy with families from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds. Ten systemic family therapists were interviewed, and data was analysed using grounded theory methodology. Resulting constructs highlight co-constructed conversations about trauma between families and therapists. Therapists attend to several factors in order to create a space where unspoken stories can be voiced, so that families can find new meanings and re-connect.

Showcasing current practice in this field, the study emphasises the need for clinicians working with this population to actively engage with the wider context, and highlights the need for research investigating the effectiveness of systemic family therapy interventions for this client group.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Miss Rosemary Cox
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2018 09:45
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 09:45
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17762

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