ERIC Number: ED308439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-22
Reference Count: N/A
Psychological Interventions with Refugees.
Butcher, James N.; And Others
Psychotherapy is an alien concept to many refugees from traditional cultures, since much of psychotherapy is tied to Western thoughts, practices, and belief systems. However, a variety of therapeutic strategies can be effective with refugees if modified to account for cultural factors. Four clinical intervention strategies are discussed with respect to their applicability to refugees: (1) crisis intervention; (2) cognitive behavioral therapy; (3) dynamic individual "relationship oriented" therapy; and (4) family and marital therapy. These approaches were selected based on their demonstrated cross-cultural utility and on general characteristics of refugee psychopathology and interpersonal dynamics. Suggestions are made regarding appropriate modifications to account for cultural factors within each approach. In addition, issues pertaining to the use of interpreters in psychotherapy are discussed, as well as general sources of difficulty in conducting psychotherapy with refugees. Finally, several approaches to treatment are described which were developed specifically for use with refugee or minority populations. References are included. (Author/TE)
Descriptors: Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Differences, Group Therapy, Intercultural Communication, Interpreters, Psychotherapy, Refugees, Rehabilitation, Therapeutic Environment
Refugee Assistance Program--Mental Health Technical Assistance Center, University of Minnesota, Box 85, Mayo, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Reports - General; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Refugees Assistance Program - Mental Health Technical Assistance Center.