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Refugee and staff experiences of psychotherapeutic services

Karageorge, A and Rhodes, P and Gray, R and Papadopoulos, RK (2017) 'Refugee and staff experiences of psychotherapeutic services.' Intervention, 15 (1). pp. 51-69. ISSN 1571-8883

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While the need for psychotherapeutic services for refugees is well documented, little is known about the acceptability and validity of these approaches, especially from refugee and staff perspectives. Qualitative studies of user experience provide critical insight into the utility of current service approaches, and is both clinically and ethically indicated. Therefore, a systematic review of client and provider experiences of psychotherapeutic services is presented (11 studies), combining thematic synthesis and meta-ethnographic approaches. Key concepts to achieving acceptable care were: mutual understanding, addressing complex needs, discussing trauma and cultural competence. Each concept was enabled, or hindered, by a set of related themes. Results found that while practical assistance and advocacy are important to refugee clients, these aspects of care should remain rooted in therapeutic processes of mutual understanding, narrative continuity and self-empowerment through self-efficacy. Further, more ethically rigorous research is still needed in this critical area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: refugee experience; refugee psychosocial services; therapeutic care
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2017 09:30
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:37

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