Therapeutic Care for Refugees: No Place Like Home

Editor : Renos Papadopoulos

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Therapeutic Care for Refugees: No Place Like Home

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2002
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 348
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  • Catalogue No : 16923
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855752832
  • ISBN 10 : 1855752832
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This volume addresses the complexities involved in attending to the mental health of refugees. It covers theory and research as well as clinical and field applications, emphasising the psychotherapeutic perspective. It explores the delicate balance between accepting the resilience of refugees whilst not neglecting their psychological needs, within a framework that avoids pathologising their condition.

Moreover, it deals with the difficulties in delineating the various relevant intersecting perspectives to the refugee reality, e.g. psychological, socio-political, legal, organisational and ethical.

The book introduces important considerations about the actual psychotherapy with refugees (in individual, family and group settings) but in addition, it encourages the introduction of therapeutic elements to all types of work with refugees. Thus, it argues for the necessity of approaching every facet of the refugee experience from a therapeutic perspective; this is why the title refers to therapeutic care rather than to psychotherapy. Offering a representative sample of the rich variety of work done at the Tavistock Clinic in London, this volume presents new and valuable insights into many aspects of conceptualising and working with refugees in different contexts.

Reviews and Endorsements

'This is an authoritative book that introduces innovative ideas in many facets of the therapeutic care of the most vulnerable mobile populations. A relevant publication, especially in the current world situation. A useful companion for all who work in this field.'
- Brunson McKinley, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration

'This is a remarkable book! It is not only extremely useful for practice, but it is founded on humanity and solidarity and art! [It] is highly recommended!'
- Tom Andersen, Professor in Social Psychiatry, University of Tromsoe, Norway

'I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in keeping abreast of the most recent developments in the field of refugee mental health.'
- Jack Saul, Director, International Trauma Studies Program, New York University

'This extraordinarily timely and very important book contributes substantive scholarly insights to studies of migration and to studies of trauma... Many theoretical and clinical practice issues... are raised from multiple perspectives by this outstanding book... The honest and thoughtful revelations here offer valuable insights... This book is an essential resource for any professional or lay person interested in [this field]... In a topic of wrenching dimensions, this comprehensive book explores incisively and compassionately the difficult dynamics of ethical intervention.'
- Celia Jaes Falicov, from the Foreword

About the Editor(s)

Renos K. Papadopoulos, PhD, is consultant clinical psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic, Professor at the University of Essex, systemic family psychotherapist, and training and supervising Jungian psychoanalyst. At the Tavistock, he has been involved with refugee work for many years working clinically with families and individuals, teaching specialist courses, and offering supervision and consultation to practitioners and services. As consultant to the United Nations and other organizations, he has worked with refugees and other survivors of political violence in several countries.

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