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Trauma and migration 

Trauma and migration
Trauma and migration

Joanne Stubley

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date: 18 May 2021

This chapter explores the links between migration and trauma, drawing on research findings for traumatized asylum seekers and refugees to explore some of the controversies and debates with in the field, particularly in the area of therapeutic interventions. Interwoven with this is a description of a psychoanalytic understanding of trauma and migration. This is used to elaborate on the complexity of the experiences, as well as touching on the impact on the professional in working with traumatized people. The two themes running through this chapter are the complex interaction between migration and trauma, on the one hand, and managing traumatic experiences, on the other hand. Using case examples these features are illustrated to enable clinicians to offer the right therapeutic interventions. Complex post-traumatic disorder is not uncommon and requires focused and targeted interventions. Post-migration stress or culture shock need to be identified and managed.

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