Broken Spirits: The Treatment of Traumatized Asylum Seekers, Refugees, War and Torture Victims

Broken Spirits: The Treatment of Traumatized Asylum Seekers, Refugees, War and Torture Victims

Broken Spirits: The Treatment of Traumatized Asylum Seekers, Refugees, War and Torture Victims

Broken Spirits: The Treatment of Traumatized Asylum Seekers, Refugees, War and Torture Victims

Synopsis

Mental health problems among asylum seekers and refugees are becoming a public issue, but awareness of this problem among the mental health community is relatively low. Although advances have been made in the provision of innovative mental health services for asylum seekers and refuges with PTSD, they are not systemized, and not widely known to professionals in the field. A publication offering practical guidelines for the treatment of torture victims and political refugees does not exist. Broken Spirits aims to bring together the works of the most respected mental health professionals-from the U.S. and abroad-and make available the most current knowledge on complex PTSD, forced migration and cultural sensitivity in diagnosis and treatment.

Excerpt

Part I of this book contains five chapters; the first is an introduction by Vamık Volkan. These chapters present theoretical, conceptual, and sociocultural considerations for working with asylum seekers, refugees, and war and torture victims. As such, they establish a foundational framework by which to understand the complex and difficult work with people who have been uprooted from their homelands and thrust into the very uncertain world of seeking shelter, political status, and a niche in another country and culture. Asylum seekers, refugees, and war and torture victims have been cast adrift on the seas of fate and the mercy of God. As victims of war, political upheaval, or catastrophe, they journey from a home base of known certainties to unknown places in an unfamiliar culture. It is a process of uprooting, being dislodged from established patterns of daily living, and having a meaningful role in a community. The process of becoming, and later being, an asylum seeker and refugee is difficult at best and often traumatizing. However, the traumatizing effects of asylum seeking or being a refugee in a homeland or "strangeland" are overlayed by personal experiences of trauma. Many asylum seekers and refugees have layers of trauma-personal, familial, social, cultural, national, and spiritual. They bring the legacy of their own trauma experiences and personal losses (e.g., loved ones, home, family, country, job) with them to the country in which they seek

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