By Dick Blackwell

This concise booklet is a necessary software to aid counsellors and psychotherapists comprehend and have interaction with the stories of persecution, violence and exile frequently confronted by way of refugees. Dick Blackwell's specified framework relies on paintings conducted on the clinical beginning for the Care of sufferers of Torture. It deals a versatile method of the particular conditions of displaced and traumatized consumers from diversified 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 contains useful details on advocacy, supervision and dealing with interpreters.

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Or it may lead to THE THERAPIST’S EXPERIENCE: POLITICAL LEVEL 63 the therapist unconsciously wishing to avoid discussing the client’s concerns about the host country’s government, and consequently blocking the client’s attempts to raise such matters or subtly steering the therapeutic discussion in a different direction. Clients can, as we know, be acutely sensitive to their therapist’s conscious and unconscious concerns and can rapidly unconsciously (and even consciously) discern what topics their therapists are not comfortable with.

Politics in exile Most refugees who have been politically active in their own countries are faced with a decision as to whether they resume political activity in exile. They may be disillusioned. They may feel they have had enough of politics. They may be frightened further by what has happened to them, or what might yet happen to their family members who are still in their home country. 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.

Children may be profoundly affected by seeing their parents beaten and humiliated and particularly by seeing their mothers raped or knowing that this has happened. Rape and other forms of torture can create a barrier between adult sexual partners. It can feel as if the torturers or rapists have inserted themselves between the couple. Where victims are unable to tell their partner what has been done to them, they can feel left with a secret which they share only with the torturer and not with their partner.

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