Psychological Therapies for Survivors of Torture: A human-rights approach with people seeking asylum
PUBLICATION DATE 26/09/2017
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.
‘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