Working with refugees and torture survivors: help for the helpers

Shackman, Jane and Reynolds, Jill (1996). Working with refugees and torture survivors: help for the helpers. In: Heller, Tom; Reynolds, Jill; Gomm, Roger; Muston, Rosemary and Pattison, Stephen eds. Mental Health Matters: A Reader. Basingstoke: Macmillan/Palgrave, pp. 355–363.

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Abstract

We look in this article at the needs of people working with asylum-seekers and refugees in the UK, drawing on our experience with different refugee agencies over the last 15 years in reception-centre work, training, supervision and programme evaluation. We examine the nature of work with refugees and what kinds of stress workers experience. We suggest that workers need some balance between giving and getting support and consider how organisations can help.

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