By Dick Blackwell
This concise publication is a vital software to aid counsellors and psychotherapists comprehend and interact with the stories of persecution, violence and exile frequently confronted via refugees. Dick Blackwell's detailed framework relies on paintings performed on the clinical origin for the Care of sufferers of Torture. It bargains a versatile method of the precise conditions of displaced and traumatized consumers from diverse cultural and political backgrounds. the writer considers 4 degrees of expertise - political, cultural, interpersonal and intrapsychic - and explores every one of those on the subject of either the customer and therapist. He additionally comprises functional details on advocacy, supervision and dealing with interpreters.
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What does the therapist think and feel about these relationships? If not from the host nation, where is the therapist from? Is the therapist from another western country that had colonies in the ‘third world’, or from the third world? Or perhaps from eastern Europe? How does the therapist then experience his or her relationship to the host country, and how identified is he or she with other third world people? Does the therapist have 61 62 COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH REFUGEES something in common with the client by coming from the same continent or geopolitical region?
It is usually believed that there are informers in many if not most refugee communities, who can send word back to their government about the activities of opponents in exile. 32 COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH REFUGEES Refugees must also struggle with the relationships of this country, in which they have sought refugee, with the regimes from which they have escaped. On the one hand they are grateful for being given a place of safety. On the other hand they may feel fiercely critical and deeply resentful of the political support, economic aid, arms and other military equipment that may have been supplied by our government to theirs.
At these times the person who has carried out the often complex and demanding task of surviving and escaping from persecution and embarking on a new life in a new country seems to have completely disappeared. The converse experience and presentation of the survivor is of being resilient and capable, undaunted by the problems of the present and unscarred by the experiences of the past. The experience of being a victim is banished, dissociated, split off or denied, and the possibility of acknowledging or revisiting that experience is regarded as dangerously threatening to the coping capacity so much in evidence.