Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

Letter to the Editor

Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

Letter to the Editor

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October 8, 2015

Dear Editor

You may have heard of what we call in Europe the 'migrant crisis': Currently thousands of refugees are immigrating to Central Europe - per day. Most of them have fled from wars in Afghanistan, Irak, Syria or Eritrea, and are seeking a place where they can live in peace. This is a challenge not only for our governments but also for the schools. They are doing their best to accommodate young people from very diverse cultural backgrounds who don't speak the local language. In the city of Zurich where I work as a school psychologist, we are struggling to find solutions for unaccompanied minors - adolescents who immigrated without their parents. Some of them had hardly any academic education in their home country, and some are traumatised from war or from other distressing experiences.

In this challenging situation, educational psychologists can make a difference. We consult with school principals and teachers about the special needs of young refugees, and organise group therapies for traumatised children. I have learnt from educational psychologists who work on other continents how they tackle similar challenges. School psychology is much more than conducting psycho-educational assessments. …

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