ERIC Number: EJ877291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
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"The Most Important Tool You Can Have in Your Work Is Wanting to Understand"
Adults Learning, v16 n2 p9-11 Oct 2004
The policy of dispersing refugees and asylum seekers around the country found many agencies unprepared for the difficulties of supporting those who have been subjected to torture. A London-based foundation is setting up branches around the UK to help people whose lives have been torn apart by torture find a way to live with their experiences. This article features the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, which was established in 1985 as a human rights organisation working to enable survivors of torture "to engage in a healing process to assert their own human dignity and worth." The Medical Foundation has developed what it terms a "human rights model of counselling" which aims to address advocacy and protection issues within the therapeutic relationship. Growing from small beginnings in two rooms in the former National Temperance Hospital in north west London, the organisation now employs 400 paid and volunteer staff, providing a wide range of medical and social care, practical assistance, and physical and psychological therapy. It has assisted nearly 40,000 people since its launch.
Descriptors: Counselor Client Relationship, Human Dignity, Civil Rights, Models, Counseling, Counselors
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (London)