By Dick Blackwell
This concise booklet is a necessary software to assist counsellors and psychotherapists comprehend and have interaction with the reviews of persecution, violence and exile frequently confronted by means of refugees. Dick Blackwell's designated framework relies on paintings conducted on the scientific beginning for the Care of sufferers of Torture. It deals a versatile method of the targeted situations of displaced and traumatized consumers from varied cultural and political backgrounds. the writer considers 4 degrees of expertise - political, cultural, interpersonal and intrapsychic - and explores every one of those relating to either the customer and therapist. He additionally comprises functional info on advocacy, supervision and dealing with interpreters.
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What is the therapist’s political identity, party membership, class origins, voting habits? What is his or her analysis or understanding of colonization and post-colonization? What is his or her position on the host country’s immigration and asylum policy? The therapist here has two tasks, or perhaps one should say more realistically, at least two tasks: first, to recognize the ways in which the client may perceive their relative geopolitical locations and the sorts of significance the client may attach to this aspect of their relationship; second, to consider the therapist’s own perception of this relationship, how he or she feels about it, and how it might affect his or her response to the client.
When is the UK media interested? When is it not interested? To which side in the conflict is it sympathetic? How is their country and its people depicted? All of which adds up to: how well is their personal suffering understood? Who supports their cause? Who wants to hear their voice? Is there any justice? Or does media interest, and perhaps their therapist’s political interest, reflect the political and economic interests of the UK, or the west, or big business? When they see friendly relations developing between the UK and the regime they have escaped from, they feel not only betrayed at a political and moral level, but also anxious about their physical safety, since such a rapprochement might entail the UK government declaring their country of origin a safe place for asylum seekers to go back to and consequently turning down their application.
They occupy at least two: the one they left and the one they have arrived in. The state of transition, moreover, is not one they are going to pass through. It is one they are going to live with. There will be no time in their lives when they will be able to have not come from the country they left. And there will be no point in their lives when they will be able to return to their country and rejoin the culture they left because it will not be the same culture they left; and they, having lived in a different culture, will not be the same people.