Counseling Refugees: A Psychosocial Approach to Innovative Multicultural Interventions

Counseling Refugees: A Psychosocial Approach to Innovative Multicultural Interventions

Counseling Refugees: A Psychosocial Approach to Innovative Multicultural Interventions

Counseling Refugees: A Psychosocial Approach to Innovative Multicultural Interventions

Synopsis

There are more than 26 million refugees in the world, and the population is expected to grow. However, there is minimal training or understanding in the mental health and social services fields that provides the awareness, knowledge, and skills to effectively work with refugees. This book is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of refugee psychosocial adjustment that incorporates cross-cultural perspectives.

Excerpt

As we enter the 21st century, refugee migration continues to grow due to issues ranging from ongoing political conflicts to natural disasters (United Nations, 1995). Since World War II various policies have resulted in genocide and the destruction of the cultural fabric of families, clans, and communities in various regions of the world including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Refugees affected by war are no longer innocent bystanders caught accidentally in the cross fire; they are targets of a deliberate strategy to terrorize and displace civilian populations (Widgren, 1988). Most groups affected by war tend to be from the poorest social classes, often in rural and small towns (Boothby, 1994). Therefore, refugee migrations in the latter part of the 20th century have been characterized by exposure to serious life-threatening traumatic events (Bemak & Chung, 2002).

Current estimates project that there are 26 million refugees throughout the world (Balian, 1997). As the refugee population increases, there are major social, economic, and political issues that raise growing concern about psychosocial adjustment, acculturation, and adaptability. Although mental health professionals have examined some areas of clinical interventions with refugees, this book is the first to define a model of psychotherapy for refugees, presenting a description of the model and its application through a series of case studies specific to this population. the book is unique in that it focuses on major contemporary issues regarding the mental health of refugees as they attempt to adjust to new cultures and presents a new model of psychotherapy specifically designed for these populations within this context. Furthermore, the book addresses the refugee situation from global perspectives and provides a representative discussion on

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