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Specialist services: Practice 

Specialist services: Practice
Specialist services: Practice

Sverre Varvin

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date: 18 May 2021

Specialist services for asylum seekers and refugees have an important task in organizing prevention and treatment for vulnerable and affected groups. Specialist services for traumatized refugees must be developed as a discipline in itself and must be taught in basic training and for active professionals in all sectors of the healthcare system that serve refugees. Refugees have often multi-layered conditions with comorbidity, family problems, and social and relational problems. Families are often affected when members are traumatized and there is risk for transgenerational transmission of problems. What happens during flight and after resettlement is often crucial for traumatized refugees and this call for early interventions and chain of responses that secure continuity. Supporting development of resilience and resources in the family and the group is mandatory. A model for specialist services in a comprehensive approach is developed where specialist services such as psychotherapy have an important role.

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