There is a wide gap between the psychological needs of the children of refugees and the services provided. Refugees’ home countries, cultures, and social make-up are widely diversified, and their needs cannot be readily consolidated. This diversity of interest and need goes unacknowledged by the service-providers who may treat them as a single, homogenous group. Some refugees’ needs are exaggerated, while others are ignored. This approach often ignores the justifiable and legitimate interest of refugees’ psychological well-being. Many children of refugees may struggle with questions of race, ethnicity, language barriers, and other socio-political and economic issues that can influence their mental health and psychological well-being. Preoccupations of the child’s emotions with those issues therefore have effects on child personality formations.Apart from having an overview of the relevant processes involved in therapeutic work and possible challenges therein, it is also important for the therapist to have an overview of the child’s situation in the past and in any current issues, which this book provides. In order to provide effective therapeutic intervention to children and young people, whether they are unaccompanied or with family, knowing the legal framework and human right issues is vital.
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About the Author
Aida Alayarian is a consultant clinical psychologist, child psychotherapist since 1986, and adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist since 1998. She has a Masters in Medical Anthropology and Intercultural Psychotherapy, with a background in Medicine. She is the founder and currently Clinical Director of the Refugee Therapy Centre.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsAbout the AuthorForewordIntroduction1) What is torture?2) Who is considered a refugee and an asylum seeker, and what are the procedures?3) Care and protection of children4) Human rights5) The rule of law6) The European Convention on Human Rights7) Children and mental health8) Socio-psychological factors and institutional support9) Obstacles to monitoring and eradicating torture10) Community engagementConclusionReferencesIndex