• Psychological Therapies for Survivors of Torture: A human-rights approach with people seeking asylum

Psychological Therapies for Survivors of Torture: A human-rights approach with people seeking asylum

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This edited collection of writings by experienced therapists, social workers and interpreters working with survivors of torture in exile, fills a gap in the English-language literature with its specific focus on an increasingly important but neglected client group.

The editor, Jude Boyles, is an experienced therapist who established and managed a UK rehabilitation centre for survivors of torture in exile for 14 years. The contributors are from the voluntary and statutory sectors, and work in primary and secondary healthcare, in women’s projects and in refugee therapy settings. They write from a range of psychotherapeutic perspectives and use a variety of models, but all share a holistic approach and use a human rights framework.

Chapters cover overarching issues such as interpreter mediated therapy, assessment, and working with trauma and shame. Others explore in detail the particular needs of specific client groups such as LGBT survivors, women, separated young people, and families.

This is a book for all counsellors and therapists, but particularly those who are new to or already working with this client group. Packed with first-hand practitioner experience and survivors’ stories, and written in plain English, it captures the everyday realities and challenges of survivors’ lives in the UK today. This is also a book for mental health professionals and NGO workers who need a better understanding of the impact of torture and the asylum process on people’s mental wellbeing.

Preface/ Introduction


Chapter 1
Assessing survivors of torture for psychological therapy
Jude Boyles

Chapter 2 
The door to my garden: Kevin, me and the clock
Norma McKinnon

Chapter 3
Recovery and reconnection
Kirsten Lamb

Chapter 4
Why we need to talk about racial and ethnic differences
Rajita Reshawar

Chapter 5
Treat us like people
Prossy Kakooza, in conversation with Jude Boyles

Chapter 6
Working with women survivors of torture and gender based abuse: a woman-focused approach
Katie Whitehouse

Chapter 7
Alone in the world: therapy with separated young people
Ann Salter

Chapter 8
Understanding shame with survivors of torture
Colsom Bashir

Chapter 9
The application of cognitive behavioural therapies with survivors of torture
Colsom Bashir

Chapter 10
Queering the pitch: sexuality, torture and recovery
Ashley Fletcher

Chapter 11
You are here with us now (we have changed): systemic therapy with families who have survived torture
Emma Roberts

Chapter 12
Creating a safe haven: a community-based approach to working with refugee and asylum-seeking families and young people affected by torture
Carl Dutton

Chapter 13
Trauma, attachment and development: the impact of torture on children and young people
Ann Salter

Chapter 14
Be there but don’t be there: working alongside interpreters with survivors of torture in exile
Jude Boyles, Desiré Kinané and Nathalie Talbot

Chapter 15
The strength and stress of triangles: training and supervision for interpreters and therapists
Beverley Costa

Chapter 16
Holding hope: the challenge for therapists working with survivors of torture
Jess Michaelson

Chapter 17
Walking a journey alongside a survivor: therapeutic social work with survivors of torture
Anna Turner

‘This is a ‘must-read’ for all therapists working today... Working with survivors of torture requires resilience, skill, commitment, patience and loads of compassion. This is an excellent book that truly tells it as it is.’
Colin Lago, counsellor/psychotherapist, editor of The Handbook of Transcultural Counselling and Psychotherapy

‘... a truly innovative collection of papers... The book succeeds in demonstrating how, by adopting a holistic, psychosocial and flexible therapeutic approach, we can genuinely help our clients, while practising within what I believe is an absolutely necessary human-rights framework.’
Dr Zack Eleftheriadou, counselling psychologist and child and adult psychotherapist

Jude Boyles

Jude Boyles is a BACP senior accredited psychological therapist and feminist activist. She has been practising for the last 24 years. Before qualifying in 1994, Jude worked in the women’s movement, in a Rape Crisis centre and in Women’s Aid refuges for women fleeing domestic violence. She then worked as a counsellor in a non-medical mental health crisis service for 11 years, before establishing the Freedom from Torture North West Centre in Manchester in 2003, where she carried a caseload of torture survivors and managed the centre for 14 years. Jude currently works as a psychological therapist with Syrian refugees in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme. 

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